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Dialogue for the economy

The PTI government made various efforts to attract foreign investment in Pakistan during its first two years in power. High-level delegations and dignitaries from Saudi Arabia, China, Turkey, Malaysia, the…

Let voices of sanity resonate

Every society is an amalgam of ideas, interests and proclivities which are not always similar in nature. In fact, more often, they reflect the vast spectrum of the societal fabric,…

‘Partial Law’

Neither explicitly martial nor ethic-ally civil, Pakistan in 2023 is experiencing an unsavoury blend of both forms — which can be termed ‘Partial Law’. The inherently authoritarian aspect of the military, newly intensified by the 9th May violence,…

Where Imran went wrong

After holding a mammoth gathering in Lahore in 2011, former prime minister Imran Khan had created an impression that his party believed in a revolutionary political ideology that would transform…

The wrath of blood

It is difficult to make much sense of what is happening around us within the precincts of logic and reason. But not only is this enactment of desertion and desecration…

Pulling the edifice down

“Thou art become (O worst imprisonment!)/ The dungeon of thyself; thy soul/ Imprisoned now indeed, / In real darkness of the body dwells, / Shut up from outward light, /…

A dream on the cusp of fulfilment

What we are witnessing in Pakistan these days has all the ingredients dreams are made of. Fortunate are those people who are beholding this happening in their lifetimes which may…

A season of discontent

In almost one year since the removal of the Imran Khan government through a much-confessed conspiracy, involving both internal and external actors, the country has been subjected to a spate…

Constitutional amendments: Part – III

The sixth constitutional amendment – passed in December 1976 – made a mockery of the constitution. It allowed the chief justice of the Supreme Court and high courts to complete…

A process of digging graves

Being human is the fundamental crucible where from a variety of attributes spring. But we either fail to understand the cardinal importance of this critical reality – or we detach…