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A Federal Council

A federal council

In Pakistan and in India the trend towards increase of power by the federation has been reversed. It is now unmistakably towards greater power for the federating provinces or states.…

A Purposeless Civil Service

A purposeless civil service

Horse-Riding was a mandatory part of the training imparted to ICS officers of the pre-Partition era. The reason was less chivalrous and more practical as horses were a viable mode…

Our Common Yoke

Our common yoke

I have bad news for you, Hindu fundamentalists of India. You and our Muslim rulers stand on identical moral grounds. You decapitate our soldiers, we decapitate yours. We both condone…

Our ‘Renaissance Class’

Our ‘Renaissance class’

You, probably, have never heard the name Qamar Yourish. When he lived amidst poverty-stricken people on the streets of old Lahore, the rich culture of which inspires you to write,…

What Really Killed Them

What really killed them

Bhuladia’ is not the name of a factory. It is a sickness of the ruling class. Somewhat different from Alzheimer’s disease, it is more selective in choosing what must be…

Is Libel A Crime?

Is libel a crime?

Section 499 of the Indian Penal Code 1860 defines the offence of defamation; Section 500 prescribes the punishment for it. In Britain the offence of criminal libel is obsolete. On…

Pakistani Dilemma

Pakistani dilemma

The central problem in Pakistan is not "which government" but how is the governance possible when the rules of the game remain as they do. As the saying goes, the…

Rethinking Contempt

Rethinking contempt

While contempt of court laws for scandalising the judiciary are becoming obsolete in most common law jurisdictions around the world, the flurry of proceedings initiated by the Supreme Court in…