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Swinging Sialkot

Sialkot is in the news again. For the wrong reasons. As an alumnus of Sialkot, let me cast some light on swinging Sialkot of the 1960s. My father was posted…

From Sialkot to where?

THE silent majority of Pakistan is silently sad. It is also scared. Even the chronic optimists are failing privately. What happened in Sialkot is a symptom of an underlying cancer which has…

Lessons from the Sialkot tragedy

THE attackers were all young. Many of those who watched the gruesome spectacle were teenagers. No one showed any sense of shock at the bestiality that was taking place. Several…

Sialkot no surprise

IT’S a hallmark of the times we live in that we must document everything we do; from vacations to functions and events — down to our breakfasts, lunches and dinners…

Sialkot speaks

IT was a small by-election by all standards and in normal times would have gone unnoticed. But these are not normal times and Sialkot has turned out to be anything…

The Meaning Of Sialkot

The meaning of Sialkot

IT was Aug 15, the day after the country’s 63rd birthday, a day already mired in misery as hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis roamed the land in search of dry…

Storm Clouds Over Sialkot

Storm clouds over Sialkot

The recent focus for Panorama, the BBC’s flagship investigative programme, was the deteriorating quality of surgical tools used by the 180-odd healthcare trusts in the UK. They tracked the source…

Against the tide

In Pakistan, change occurs at a snail’s pace, a stark contrast to Facebook’s (now Meta) ethos of ‘move fast and break things’. Instead, the prevailing approach could be described as…

Are the children safe?

Violence against children includes physical, sexual and emotional abuse of children under the age of 18, and boys and girls are at an equal risk of such assaults. Previously, the…

China, the neighbour: ‘In a way’

What did Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar mean when, during a press conference in London, he clearly listed Pakistan’s immediate neighbouring countries as Afghanistan, Iran and India, but then said that…