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Was the SC creating a firewall?

On August 11, 2023 the Supreme Court struck down the Supreme Court (Review of Judgments and Orders) Act, 2023. The essence of the Act was that it expanded the scope…

The last colony

THE Indian and Pakistani constitutions provide equality for all, yet the rights of citizens from different religious groups in matters such as marriage, divorce, maintenance and succession, depend on religious…

Leave it to the judges

However you want to sugarcoat it, Pakistan lost at the ICJ. India’s application for provisional measures was resisted by Pakistan. The agent representing Pakistan suggested that the court could hold…

Why are Pakistanis leaving?

Emigration has occupied perhaps more than its usual share of space in the public discourse in the past year. Op-eds that popped up in the media have included pure opinions…

A land of ladlas

Arguably, the most commonly used disparaging word in the political lexicon of the day is ‘ladla’ -- loosely translated as the apple of one’s eye. In the political context, a…

Parks and prejudice

My fondest childhood memories are those of family picnics in neighbourhood parks during the winter. Our parents would bask under the sun and sip chai while the kids ran around…

When dreams crumble

Transition is a strange phenomenon that impacts life in a million ways. Most importantly, it comes laden with dreams that tomorrow shall erase the sorrows of today and the struggle…

World Bank needs to revisit its policy and lending focus

In its recently released report ‘Pakistan development update October 2023: restoring fiscal sustainability’ the World Bank (WB), just like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) policy thinking, including as highlighted in…

Leave it to cricket

If nothing else, people in Pakistan and India love a collaboration in the sphere of sports – mainly cricket. It's a rivalry that stirs up intense feelings, where success isn't…

‘The others’ among us

The manner in which the 14-year-old girl tortured by the wife of a civil judge in Islamabad was treated seems almost unbelievable. The girl narrowly escaped with her life. Of…