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A forgotten centenary

We have seen so many centenaries observed in Pakistan since the turn of the century. From Faiz, Manto and Sibte Hasan to Sajjad Zaheer and several others, there have been…

The Baloch ‘disappeared’

How long are 11 years, or 4,000 days? Especially if the best part of them has been spent in a protest camp outside the Quetta or Karachi Press Clubs? The…

Champion for humanity

There are many dimensions to Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah, Aga Khan III’s demeanour in his public life. Born on the 2ndof November, 1877, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah became the 48th…

Brand Ambassadors

Brands are a very important corporate asset. Some technology brand’s current value is between US$150 billion-200 billion. Some brands are worth more than the whole company valuation. Hence the focus…

Castles in the air

THE world’s first five-star hotel at 10,000 feet (3,048 metres), and that too in Pakistan? Sounds like a dream come true for the incumbent government that made the promotion of…

Pakistan’s true role in Afghanistan

In less than two weeks, the situation in Afghanistan has changed dramatically. Many people have been taken by surprise by the swiftness of the fall of the Islamic Republic of…

Who’s afraid of a textbook?

Last year, on May 20 (2020), the Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB) issued a notice to the management of Sunrise Publications for printing and selling a booklet series for…

On parliament

WHEN signing off on this country’s sacred document, Zulfi Bhutto said, ‘No Constitution is ever workable without the patience, the tolerance, the search for accommodation that is necessary to the…

A voice for the voiceless

When Usman Kakar spoke in the Senate of Pakistan, he was undoubtedly one of the sanest voices that represented the sentiments of the people. Though he was a Pashtun nationalist,…

Hope clouded in shades of despondency

We are transiting through critical times laced with ardent hope for peace to return to Afghanistan and the region. Simultaneously, there is lurking fear of more violence in the aftermath…