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Descent into madness, barbarism

The events of August 16, 2023 in Jaranwala have evoked an unusual chorus in harmony of condemnation. And so they should. But let us attempt a balance sheet of the…

What we must fight for

In the midst of this polycrisis for the ages, it is not difficult to enumerate all the things that are going badly and everything that is wrong. There is a…

Our politicians’ dilemma

The recent move by President Arif Alvi to announce the date for provincial elections has plunged the country into a new political crisis. This action has triggered a debate about…

What’s in store in 2023?

Pakistanis have been overwhelmed by the challenges our country faced in 2022. The collapse of economic growth, the corrosion of trust in the country’s institutions, the calamitous climate change induced…

Battle for Islamabad

The local government election campaign in Islamabad is at its most crucial stage. The election will take place on December 31, 2022. Most likely, the election will feature a two-way…

How to manage the NSC

Given Pakistan’s political and governance history and the charring civil-military relations, there is a sense of hope and positivity linked to the public resolve by the military leadership to remain…

Permacrisis continued

There is an insidiousness to the triumphant fatalism that many voices in Pakistan are increasingly tending toward. This fatalism isn’t because of any ill intention or lack of integrity –…

Our ‘permacrisis of polycrisis’

What country ranks 134th out of 192 countries in per capita GDP by purchasing power parity? What country is second from the bottom in the WEF’s Global Gender Gap Index?…

Pakistan’s Big Lie and Great Truth

Pakistan is in prison. A polycrisis prison. How will Pakistan escape this metastasized set of crises of economy, security, polity and society? Not the way it got into it. That…

What is the cost of a protest?

Never has the constitutional right of assembly ever been put to the test till now. This has now changed. While the federal government wants to curb this right in the…