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March Madness In January

March madness in January

Considered the usual month for political madness in Pakistan, March came early this year, the turmoil complicated by election-year factors. The obstacles of the federal and Punjab governments notwithstanding, the…

Winds Of Change

Winds of change

Much is being written and said about Dr Tahirul Qadri – his background and his motivations. Some claim that he is an agent of foreign countries with the objective of…

The Curse Of Silence

The curse of silence

We are watching a genocide take place before our eyes; Shias are being killed mercilessly. The Hazara community in Quetta has been decimated. The Hazara Shias – numbering some 700,000…

Economic Instability

Economic instability

Increasing government expenditure, basic economic theory maintains, is a powerful policy tool useful during times of recession, with low output and low inflation, as it provides the necessary fuel to…

Defining Times

Defining times

This year promises to be an important one for Pakistan. The country has been undergoing rapid changes – an exploding youth bulge, disastrous politics and a virtual break down of…

To Prevent Rape, Fight Masculinity

To prevent rape, fight masculinity

One month on, public outrage at the gang rape and barbaric brutalisation of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in Delhi, causing her death, refuses to die down. Among the factors driving…

The Quetta Tragedy

The Quetta tragedy

Sectarian militants have caused Quetta to be drenched in blood many times in the past. But the ghastly carnage of the Hazara Shias last week was shocking even by Pakistan’s…

Owning profit

Whose profits were they?....They arose from the sale of energy products, particularly gasoline, that the American Public had no practical choice but to purchase", extracts from the book, Private Empire…

Beyond Reform?

Beyond reform?

Since the start of World Bank funded Tax Administration Reforms Programme (TARP), FBR has been making tall claims about its automation efforts. All the chairmen of FBR, who headed the…

Liberating Faith From The Fringe

Liberating faith from the fringe

Another day, another massacre in the name of the exalted faith. Will this senseless, endless dance of death in the name of all that is holy ever stop? We have…