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Human lives matter

THE tragedy in Murree has shaken the people of Pakistan and appalled many. The horrific incident once again ‘shocked’ the political leadership which immediately started ‘taking notice’ and ‘formed a committee’. What…

Burial of humanity

The dance of medieval barbarism with lethal weapons of 21st century is being played out, while the world watches; some with glee; some with awe; some with pain; some with…

Lives people live

An ominous moment it was – at around midnight – when they finally announced their consensus to form the new government and agree on names for major positions at the…

Living unliveable lives

In recent weeks, there is this subject tugging at my heart that I have been afraid to take up. I find it very unsettling, emotionally, and feel that I will…

Human rights on the agenda

There are hundreds of political parties in Pakistan and dozens of them are active, but not many have human rights as a major agenda point on their manifestos. It should…

Cyclones in our lives

For almost the entire week, so many of us had anxiously waited for the threatened arrival of a cyclone. Since there was an element of unpredictability about how it would…

Trading lives for guns

Mass shootings are good for gun sales. In the days following the horrific massacre of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, firearm manufacturers’ stock prices predictably rose. Gun…

Lives swept away

This year, Pakistan has faced the most monstrous climate catastrophe in the country’s history, leaving a third of land mass here under water. The sheer staggering numbers of people affected…

Rebuilding human capital [Part – III]

Sixth, revamp the higher education system and research institutes where the criteria for allocating public funds would be based on promoting emerging technologies and generation and application of knowledge to…

Crimes against humanity

Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned scholar, author and activist, in a video message to a webinar organised by a Washington-based advocacy organisation named the Indian American Muslim Council observed “The pathology…