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Economy – the least problem

This column, for the last couple of weeks or more, has been building arguments to support the view that the key to Pakistan’s economic growth is directly correlated with the…

Contract employment is here to stay

“Contract Labour is understood as covering all situations in which work is performed for a person who is not the worker’s employer under labour law as it now stands, but…

Stoking religious sentiments

The Indian War of Independence (or the 1857 Indian Mutiny as the British call it) did not start as a "War of Independence" by Indians against Britishers. The British East…

The right to life

As an anthropologist and a development professional, I gain energy from witnessing the success and prosperity of the underprivileged in rural Pakistan. While I was on field visit to rural…

Muhajireen versus refugees

The theme of a colonized mindset that cannot think for itself, by itself, of itself is a powerful one. It is a consistent motif for Prime Minister Imran Khan. Last…

Intellect & Islam

GIVEN the lack of analytical thought, deep reflection and serious scholarship in many Muslim societies today, the fact that intellect was cited by the Holy Prophet (PBUH) as the most…

Development and transvaluation

Popularized by German philosopher Nietzsche, the concept of transvaluation of values implies that norms and ideals embodied in a moral system shouldn’t be hostile to life and progress. At the…

Conspiracy theories

From time immemorial, people have plotted together, unlawfully, treacherously, and surreptitiously, in order to further generally nefarious objectives. In other words, conspiracies happen. Sometimes they never come to light; more…

Words, words, words

“A word is dead Some say. I say it just Begins to live That day.” — Emily Dickinson A FRIEND recently commented that his father who passed away just a…

Countering the Indian threat

FOREIGN MINISTER Shah Mahmood Qureshi has yet again warned of an Indian plan to launch a “surgical strike” on Pakistan. It is not for the first time that we have been cautioned…