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Social security for all

The federal government has extended the restrictions imposed in the country till April 14. This decision was taken in the meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC). The NCC will…

The post-Covid economy

Over two million infected and more than 150,000 dead world-wide. That is the toll the new coronavirus has caused at the time of writing these lines. The pandemic may wind…

Confusion kills

Humanity hasn’t faced a challenge like the novel coronavirus in a hundred years. Millions of human lives are at stake. Our government is visibly confused. On March 22, at 3:30pm,…

Corona petri dish

Now is the time to empty the prisons. With over two million people incarcerated, the vast majority for nonviolent crimes, prisoners are packed like sardines, their overcrowding perfect for mass…

Leave it to the local system

Had the PTI stayed committed to put in place an effective local government, Punjab alone would have the following grassroots structures with financial and administrative autonomy: 22,000 village governments (which…

Time changes

The nine-day fasting festival of Navatri concluded this week. Like every year, I tried my best to utilize the time engaging in fasting worship. I had never thought during my…

Occupation virus

Spitting at someone is a universal insult. In Israel, however, spitting at Palestinians is an entirely different story. Now that we know that the deadly coronavirus can be transmitted through…

Covid and crime

With Covid-19 drastically changing the law-enforcement landscape globally, there is a need to analyze how it may affect crime patterns in Pakistan as well. Drawing on the current trends and…

Decision-making during a pandemic

It’s between reality and fiction, between half hope and half fear. The National Action Plan to contain Covid-19 through short and long-term measures is there, but its full implementation requires…

Back to work

Dick Kovacevich, former CEO of Wells Fargo bank, thinks most Americans should return to work in April, urging that we “gradually bring those people back and see what happens”. Lloyd…