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Tribal transition

HISTORICALLY, Pakistan’s tribal areas have long stood at the crossroads of governance, culture, and geopolitics. These areas have navigated the complexities of autonomy, marginalisation, and integration within the broader national…

The Baloch conundrum

Like the West, Balochistan also exists in the past and the present simultaneously. The jagged serenity of its mountains contrasts eerily with the serious mien of its valley and mountain…

Twixt torch & tray

LAWYERS are known to be a quarrelsome and irritable lot, perhaps a natural condition given the combative nature of their profession and law being a jealous mistress etc. Always picking…

Violence against women

The horrific assault faced by a woman at Greater Allama Iqbal Park in the middle of Lahore at the hands of hundreds of men was shocking. The woman was publicly…

A captain, not a cynic

Sometimes your column is a blissful two weeks out, but the prime minister puts his foot in it on day two. Alas, you sigh…carpe diem. The fact that our PM…

The curse of Medusa

Rape is a crime dictated primarily by a twisted psychology. It’s about power, not pleasure. It’s about asserting control. So while demands for public hanging and castration feel justified due…

March For Women’s Rights

March for women’s rights

A large number of Pakistani women will take to the streets across the country on March 8, 2020 to celebrate the International Women’s Day. They will celebrate their successes, highlight…

Women And Tradition

Women and tradition

Another teenage girl in Sindh has become a victim of the cruel and reactionary medieval tradition of KaroKari (honour killing). An 11-year-old girl, Gul Sama Rind, was brutally killed on…

All In The Family

All in the family

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s announcement that his younger brother Shahbaz Sharif will be the party’s candidate for the country’s chief executive after the 2018 elections, is well-rooted in the…

The Time Is Now

The time is now

The Frontier Crimes Regulation (FCR) is a black law and a living legacy of British imperialism. It has enslaved millions of helpless people in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata).…