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A Kafkaesque nightmare

What would a Charles Dickens, or a Dostoevsky or a Manto do with today’s Pakistan, in terms of investing its intriguing socio-political realities into classic fiction? Times of upheaval, we…

We need a holistic transformation

In 2024, Pakistan is grappling with severe economic and social challenges, including a staggering inflation rate of 39.18 per cent, a depreciating currency, and a high government debt-to-GDP ratio of…

The inequality equation

Inequality has always existed in Pakistan for at least one-third of the population which lives below the poverty line. There is no evidence of a drastic change over the decades…

History, language and Sufism

Seldom does one come across two books by the same writer that enchant readers so deeply. As a student of history and languages, I am compelled to share my impression…

Tragedies beyond boundaries

In the coastal city of Derna, Libya, more than ten thousand people have perished as a hurricane intensity storm Daniel struck the area in the early hours of the day…

Navigating deep malaise

Why is corruption so pervasive in Pakistan? Why do civil institutions consistently fail to deliver? Why is there a lack of accountability and action against civil institutions and the bureaucracy,…

Population and the NFC

According to the 7th Population Census results announced recently, Pakistan’s population has crossed a staggering 241 million as against 208 million in the 2017 census – registering an increase of…

Fodder for alien cannons

With the release of the follow-up report by The Intercept regarding the alleged sale of arms to Ukraine due to economic contingencies and US pressure, the key question that arises…