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Not In The Name Of Religion

Not in the name of religion

At a meeting on Monday, the Senate's Special Committee on Election Issues took exception to the ECP's inclusion in its new Code of Conduct the guideline that candidates cannot seek…

Elections: The Uncertainties

Elections: the Uncertainties

The incumbent regime is busy doing what it thinks will endear it to the voters; it displays no worries over its re-election prospects because, despite loud claims about empowerment of…

The Right Man For The Wrong Job

The right man for the wrong job

“If you are going through hell, keep going” — Churchill With octogenarians walking us through the most tumultuous times in our history, we don’t see a way out. No promises,…

Human Rights And The Future

Human rights and the future

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s annual report was released last week. Unsurprisingly, it is a compendium of the country’s failures over the past year. From freedom of thought and…

Should We Be Complacent?

Should we be complacent?

The report prepared by Zeenat Hisam and Yasmin Qureshi on Religious minorities in Pakistan for the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (Piler) and launched last Tuesday at the…

Expect More Of The Same

Expect more of the same

Even purveyors of the folklore about the resilience of Pakistan`s economy because of a `vibrant`, largely untaxed (despite its visibility) informal sector would acknowledge that the country faces serious economic…

Silence And Neutrality

Silence and neutrality

Silence is the most profound expression of neutrality. Some of the caretakers appear to disagree, though. Apart from making avowed statements in which they recognise the holding the elections as…