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Trading lives for guns

Mass shootings are good for gun sales. In the days following the horrific massacre of 19 children and two teachers in Uvalde, Texas, firearm manufacturers’ stock prices predictably rose. Gun…

Droplets of penitence, strands of shame

The sight of an alleged-criminal and fugitive Salman Shahbaz sharing the head-table with his father, alleged-criminal and Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, at the banquet hosted by Turkish President Erdogan, reflects…

The gender gap

The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report for this year places Pakistan second last out of 146 countries in terms of gender parity. According to the report, based on…

How money is laundered

Money laundering is a widely used term in Pakistan. To what extent a layperson understands this voguish jargon is a myth. In the hyper-partisan politics of Pakistan, these words are…

Criminalizing dissent in Kashmir

Since the revocation of Article 370 of the Indian constitution three years ago on August 5, 2019, Indian-held Jammu and Kashmir has become a land where the silence of graveyards,…

Under assault – from within

For all the years that Pakistan has been independent, we lived in fear of being attacked by our traditional rivals: India in the east and Afghanistan along our western border.…

The people’s power

“It is better to change an opinion than to persist in a wrong one.” – Socrates People have been variously perceived, understood and treated. They are praised and they are…

We are in it together

Almost one-third of our country is under water. Thirty-three million people have been displaced, and their homes, livelihoods and future have been destroyed by the recent floods. The very fact…

Hope in times of crisis

It is a given that crises bring nations together. Not here. Not now. In fact, we appear to be more divided than ever before, and the reasons may not be…