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Why is Nawaz Sharif upset?

Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif recently expressed his disappointment with people, adding that they did not rise up when he, an elected prime minister, was ousted from power. Many analysts…

Welcome to the summer of AI

For decades, research in artificial intelligence (AI) has advanced in fits and starts, alternating between decades of euphoric optimism and, when those promises do not come to pass, falling into…

How Sindh keeps Sindhi alive

While English and Urdu enjoy dominance across Pakistan, Sindhi appears to be an exception. It is thriving in both the rural and urban areas of Sindh, with vibrant press and…

Is good education only for the rich?

“Old boys protest after Aitchison College governors in Lahore say they will no longer support sons of the rich and powerful” (for admission). This was the headline of The Guardian,…

Protecting free speech

When Pakistan’s greatest war for freedom of expression was raging in the dark decade of General Ziaul Haq in the late 1970s, Ahfaz-ur-Rahman and Nasir Zaidi were at the forefront…

Ending hopium—I

Is it time to implement manifestos, return to the drawing board under the shadow of a national government, maintain status quo or take prioritized measures to prepare Pakistan of 2047…

Pakistan’s new face

Amidst the typical Pakistani post-election discourse and the same old lot assuming power at a time when widespread disillusionment with progress prevails, President Zardari's decision to appoint his younger daughter,…

Remembering Rooplo Kolhi

In Pakistan, history textbooks are not inclusive in the sense that they seldom mention non-Muslim freedom fighters. It seems that the writers of the books the country’s education departments approve…

How to fight fake news

A couple of years ago, a clip from an Indian soap went viral on social media. The clip shows the ‘ideal’ Indian bahu washing her husband’s laptop (literally) with a…