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VERY November, the people of Gilgit-Baltistan commemorate their freedom and accession to Pakistan. The Pakistani state actively promotes the region as the most beautiful part of the country, highlighting its…

Moral panic and social change

LAST week in an interview to a private TV channel, the prime minister made several remarks about what he believed were indicators of moral degradation in Pakistani society, and the underlying reason…

Social Media And Elections

Social media and elections

For a stable democratic society, the importance of a free and fair election cannot be denied. The credit for raising political awareness among people after a long struggle goes to…

Regulating Social Media

Regulating social media

The arrival of the internet is, no doubt, the most defining moment in our history. Social media tools, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and WhatsApp, have become powerful instruments to play…

Social Unravelling

Social unravelling

Recently i asked a colleague, who has been living in Pakistan for a couple of decades but had spent the early part of his life in the West initially studying…

Making A New Social Contract

Making a new social contract

In the aftermath of the harrowing attack in Lahore and the occupation of Islamabad by religious bigots, the same old catchphrases are repeated on the air waves by the influential…

Social Capital

Social capital

Capital within the capitalist mode of production has historically been counter-posed to labour. In a situation where the labouring class does not own any productive assets, workers are faced with…

A Tattered Fabric

A tattered fabric

Across the entire spectrum, events have left us in a greater state of confusion about the national sense of direction. The big question remains unanswered: is a comprehensive and concerted…

Unsafe streets

Rising crime in Pakistan seems to be threatening the social fabric of Pakistani society. Some argue that while street crimes get more attention in the media, other crimes remain ignored.…

Shall we tell the politicians?

Pakistan continues to grapple with a multitude of complex challenges that threaten its national security, hinder its socio-economic progress and have been destabilizing the country in a perpetual manner. In…