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Invisible and unheard

Ominous times, these are. And it is becoming increasingly difficult to make sense of what is happening to this country – and to us, as individuals. Yes, this dark mood…

Saving the elections

The country collectively heaved a sigh of relief when the Supreme Court (SC) suspended the Lahore High Court's (LHC's) judgement asking the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to rectify and…

Superior judiciary: Curtailment of powers

The question what 'Public Interest Litigation' means and is has been deeply surveyed, explored and explained not only by various judicial pronouncements in many countries but also by eminent judges,…

Islamabad’s long shadows

In the midst of more compelling political developments such as the MQM’s travails and the plight of the PPP, not much attention is paid to headlines that may have a…

Bhuttoism vs ‘Imranomics’

It is increasingly clear that PTI and its leader PM Imran Khan (IK) have a two-part vision for this country: a) exposing and penalizing the corrupt and money launderers and…

Rightsizing

Rightsizing

The tragedy of the commons is a term used in the social sciences to describe a situation in a shared-resource system where individual users, acting independently according to their own…

Tackling Terrorism

Tackling terrorism

Bilawal Bhutto, otherwise seen as hawkish on India, seems to have attracted the accusation of subscribing to the ‘Indian narrative’ because of his demand to the government to go tough…

Politics and ‘naya’ Pakistan

THE conversation between Jehangir Tareen, Pervez Elahi and others leaked over the weekend was more a storm in a teacup than real news. Who doesn’t know that Punjab operates with…

Old Battles, New Tactics

Old battles, new tactics

One step forward, two steps back. That’s how one can sum up the endless saga of India-Pakistan engagement – in six words. If hopeless romantics like us on both sides,…

The fog of national security

We know that the media is too much with us. It is overwhelming. But it is difficult for us to make sense of what it is doing to us and…