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How to make a budget transparent

Karachi is a happening place, and on my recent visit there, I had the opportunity to attend two events that may be of interest to my readers. Ishaque Soomro, a…

Riphah University invites applications for admission

The Riphah International University has invited applications for admission to Spring 2024 programmes at its Faisalabad Campus. A spokesman for the university said here on Wednesday that admissions were being…

A freedom lost”: Part – I

Formulating laws and creating rules from above – without broader consultations – is not a good idea. Of course, you cannot consult criminals while legislating against them but other than…

Remembering Ahmad Saleem

Ahmad Saleem, a luminary in the realm of Urdu and Punjabi literature and poetry, left an indelible mark on Pakistan’s social and political landscape. He was a mentor to many…

The lost gems of Sindh: Part – II

My introduction to Wali Ram Vallabh was both personal and through his writing. He was the father of my friends Kamleshwar and Pushpa – both doctors in different fields, and…

The lost gems of Sindh ( Part – I)

The second half of the year 2023 has deprived Sindhi literature of two giants: Murlidhar Jetley and Wali Ram Vallabh. Both of whom remained immersed in their world of research,…

An invitation to dream

With the proceedings of the four-day 16th International Urdu Conference continuing this weekend at the Arts Council in Karachi, there is this remarkable outburst of literary buzz in the city.…

Unchallenged grey market in Pakistan

The greatest challenge facing the country is its failing economy and one of the factors contributing towards it is the diminishing revenue generation channels on account of slowdown in industrial…

What ails public-sector education?

I asked 12 year-old Sultan (pseudonym) to read from his Urdu textbook. He struggled to read a simple sentence (“more sher ki tarha jungle kaa badshah hai”). While he eventually…

Crime and police

The Arabic word ‘noor’ has multiple meanings. Depending on the context, it can mean brightness, divine light, or simply ‘light’. ‘Raushnai’ is a Persian word having similar meanings, but it…