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On our public discourse

I acknowledge that what I have wanted to say today, after being away for a couple of weeks, has already been said in this newspaper over the last three days…

When sanity is banished from discourse

We are living through times when a foreboding often casts its shadow that whatever we were taught through our evolving years, whatever we learnt through a lifetime of passion, labour,…

The Khalistan discourse

The Khalistan movement has resurfaced and is capturing global attention as activists across Australia, Canada, the UK and the US rally in protest against the mysterious killing of Hardeep Singh…

Dangerous discourse

Intellectuals in a society possess a deep insight into the causes behind the challenges faced by a nation and have a clear vision about the course it must traverse in…

Poverty of political discourse

IN Pakistan’s deeply polarised and fraught environment the tone and content of political discourse has plunged to a level not witnessed before. Political conduct may not have been polite in…

The public diplomacy challenge

In my last piece published in this space (‘Scrambling for influence’, July 31), I spoke of the need for engaging in the battle of ideas as an expression of the…

The Republic versus an emirate

As the Afghanistan fiasco deepens, many important voices have sought to understand and analyse the day-to-day situation in Afghanistan, and how Pakistan should handle the challenges posed by what looks…

Nasty discourse

The National Assembly – the august house where the nation’s political and socio-economic course is set through legislation – was witness to some extremely distasteful scenes during the budget debate.…

Public choices

GOING by talk shows, it seems there is little common ground when it comes to debating politics. However, those that matter in the corridors of politics and power have the…