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A Social Democratic Alternative

A social democratic alternative

The mainstream parliamentary parties are being eroded as the alignment of democratic forces breaks down and the Charter of Democracy evaporates at the altar of expediency. With this erosion, the…

Tackling Extremist Ideology

Tackling extremist ideology

The decision to put Hafiz Saeed under house arrest has been received well by the small minority of liberals and lured them into believing that this time the state really…

The Potential Power Of Social Media

The potential power of social media

The writer is a freelance columnist and former newspaper editor. The swift action taken by Punjab Police at the giant Hafeez Centre Plaza, Lahore’s largest IT market, from where dozens…

The Religious Right Strikes Back

The religious right strikes back

After offering their Fajr prayers, they boarded the bus destined for Peshawar without knowing this might be their last journey; dozens were injured and killed by the bomb planted by…

The Crisis Of An Ideology

The crisis of an ideology

It’s really quite unfair. The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) is facing considerable criticism for following its mandate and legitimately attempting to align Pakistan into a Shariah compliant state. Never…

The Crises Of A Liberal Ideology

The crises of a liberal ideology

In an opinion piece published in The News on March 16, ‘The Crisis of an Ideology’, Afiya Shehrbano criticises a particular brand of scholarship, mislabelled as ‘postmodernist’, for adopting a…

A Crisis Of Laws

A crisis of laws

Article 20 of the Constitution is related to the freedom to profess religion and to manage religious institutions. In the relevant part, it says, “Subject to public order and morality:…

Breaking the chain of corruption — Part – I

Anti-corruption measures can only have cumulative success if they are part and parcel of good governance. In the absence of good governance, anti-corruption measures cannot develop any longer-term momentum even…

Schools under attack

Schools in Nigeria and Pakistan are at risk from the growing threats of militant attacks. In 2022, the Global Coalition for Protecting Education from Attacks (GCPEA) reported seven attacks on…

Pakistan-India detente?

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s response to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who in a brief tweet extended his congratulations to Sharif for assuming the post of PM, garnered wide attention.…