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Hilarity In Chakwal

Hilarity in Chakwal

Forget high shenanigans. Forget doom and gloom. Forget even the Niagara Falls. For a taste of real political excitement these days make the golden journey to holy Chakwal. More bizarre…

Turkey’s Erdogan Decade

Turkey’s Erdogan decade

Not long ago, Turkey was a security state where the establishment controlled policy through a shadow government. A clandestine network of military officers and their civilian proxies exercised utmost ‘legitimacy’…

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…

The Polio Challenge

The polio challenge

It is heartening to note that despite the prevalence of a perilous environment surrounding the anti-polio campaign, courtesy the ill-will of some militant elements, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has…

The Meaning Of Modi’s Victory

The meaning of Modi’s victory

With Narendra Milosevic Modi’s third consecutive victory, Gujarat has taken a big step backwards and India has suffered a political setback. The result will raise Modi’s ambition to play a…

Remembering Baldia victims

Last week the 13th Akhtar Hameed Khan Development Forum came as a timely reminder of the injustice befalling the workers in a country where it is a crime to be…

Waiting For Malala To Grow Up

Waiting for Malala to grow up

When the state and the political elite of the country cannot be on the same page even on how best to deal with an existential threat to it, is there…

And Pine For What Is Not

And pine for what is not

This is that time of the year when endings come together with beginnings. But some prophesied endings have failed to turn up. The Mayan apocalypse was not to be and…

Lone Rangers In The Drone Zone

Lone rangers in the drone zone

For several months last year, I was at the receiving end of occasional emails that conformed to a particular pattern. They all began with a reasonably uncontroversial critique of the…

Empire of chaos

For someone intellectually predisposed to viewing just about everything through the lens of class, learning how to navigate the choppy waters of Pakistan’s political economy is nothing less than an…