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A ‘unique’ brand of warfare?

HANDS up if you’ve heard the terms ‘fifth-generation warfare’ and ‘hybrid war’ recently on Pakistani media, both print and television, and on social media. According to those who believe that…

When language divides us

One of the most serious challenges faced by the education system in Pakistan is the education apartheid. Language plays a major role in the divide that exists within and among…

Pakistan Of The Poor

Pakistan of the poor

Democracy has become one of the most widely used and least understood notions in the modern lingua of politics. It has become a normative practice to appreciate democracy as the…

The Politics Of Humour

The politics of humour

As a highly political phenomenon, language is linked with power and politics. It is not just a tool of communication that is used to reflect what happens in society but…

The desertion of Punjabi

Recently a school campus in Sahiwal, Punjab issued a directive to the students to refrain from using foul language inside and outside the school. The note further clarified that “Foul…

Fighting Corruption

Fighting corruption

Most developing countries are perennially cursed with the bane of corruption. Pakistan is no exception except that here, instead of a ‘corrupt’ government being removed electorally or politically, the democratic…

In The Land Of The Bhuttos

In the land of the Bhuttos

Imran Khan seems to be switching to the reset mode of his politics, as far as his Sindh chapter is concerned. He is neutralising his stance, gradually. He is also…

A Culture Of Dialogue

A culture of dialogue

A sense of optimism has been prevailing in the country over the past few weeks. An improved security situation in terms of a reduction in the number of terrorist attacks,…

The Military’s Waning Power

The military’s waning power

The victors who climbed the heights of Kargil and who gave Pakistan visions as divergent as those based on Islamisation and ‘moderate enlightenment’, are reduced to controlling the distribution of…

Chinese whispers

TO paraphrase Oscar Wilde, to lose one recently appointed senior cabinet minister could be construed as a misfortune; losing two seems like carelessness. China’s defence minister, Li Shangfu, was late…