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Singling out TikTok

Pakistan is a strange country when it comes to the digital sphere. No, really: we allow social media platforms to operate in this region only to subsequently ban them for…

Take that, TikTok

IMAGINE you have been parachuted to power to run a country of 220 million with myriad problems of poverty, unemployment, illiteracy and malnutrition. You have also inherited massive fiscal problems…

Dialogue and de-escalation

INCREASED diplomatic engagement between the US and China has helped to bring down the temperature in their fraught relationship. But it has not yielded any agreement on the key issues…

Why do reforms elude Pakistan?

At the start of every political cycle, the new government is confronted with the choice between letting the economy move on the beaten track and introducing some fundamental changes to…

How to fight fake news

A couple of years ago, a clip from an Indian soap went viral on social media. The clip shows the ‘ideal’ Indian bahu washing her husband’s laptop (literally) with a…

You are what you WhatsApp?

Letters are formal. Texts and chats are informal. Letters and emails are with a subject. Texts are boundaryless. Grammar is part of the formal writing. And too cumbersome for the…