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How to be a journalist

During my recent visit to Karachi, I attended the Sixth International Conference ‘State of the Media 2023’ at Greenwich University (GU). It took me back to the 1990s when I…

Beyond ninety days

It seems the PML-N-led coalition PDM government concentrated all their efforts during their short tenure in delaying the general elections of 2023 rather than working for the nation; elections which…

Part II: Voice of Sindh

The eighth Ayaz Melo in Hyderabad, held from Dec 23 to Dec 25, presented over 20 sessions and gathered nearly 100 authors, intellectuals and poets from across Pakistan. Jami Chandio…

Punjab’s perpetual crisis

The Lahore High Court has averted another constitutional and administrative crisis in the largest province of Pakistan – but the political crisis is not over yet. The issue deepened in…

A forgotten centenary

We have seen so many centenaries observed in Pakistan since the turn of the century. From Faiz, Manto and Sibte Hasan to Sajjad Zaheer and several others, there have been…

All eyes on Sunday

It is election time. Twenty seats are up for grabs on July 17 and their results will be more than just a referendum on the PTI’s popularity or inflation’s impact…

Of ports and terminals

There is some progress on the expansion of industrial base in the country. State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) is providing concessionary financing for plant and machinery imports, government is providing…

SNC: curiouser and curiouser

I completed a page-by-page review of three model textbooks prepared for the Pre-1 Grade under the Single National Curriculum. I had intended to review all textbooks up to Grade 5…

Decolonizing education in Pakistan

Established initially as institutions of higher studies, Madressahs taught law, Islamic sciences and philosophy. Prior to the arrival of British, both religious and secular education were taken care of for…

The ignored Dardic languages

Pakistan is home to over 70 languages. Some ten of them are widely spoken; the remaining ones are struggling to survive. In the north of Pakistan, there is a vast…