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Dream Versus Reality

Dream versus reality

Gwadar, on Thursday, became the unlikely launching pad for some glad tidings for the nation. At one level, we had a visual message. There they were, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif…

The Goal Of Eliminating Inequality

The goal of eliminating inequality

As the 2015 deadline of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, deliberations on the post-2015 development framework have gained momentum. What should replace the MDGs? This is the key question…

The Idea Of Happiness

The idea of happiness

The International Day of Happiness is celebrated worldwide on March 20. The idea of celebrating happiness at a global level gained momentum when Bhutan, the pioneer of the gross national…

Gender Relations

Gender relations

Man and woman are the two wheels of human civilisation. They both spring from the same root and draw their life support from the same source. One cannot survive without…

The New Pakistani Woman

The new Pakistani woman

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day on March 8, a year’s journey of Pakistani women can be summed up in four images, each worth many thousand words. On May…

Accountability Is Now A Myth

Accountability is now a myth

Last week, during an interactive session organised by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), its Chairman said that NAB is focused on retrieving looted national wealth, not on taking punitive actions,…

Schools And Skills

Schools and skills

Although education is supposed to lead to progress and prosperity, Pakistan’s socioeconomic realities demand that we broaden our definition of education beyond its general concept of primary, secondary school, college…

Slide Towards Isolation

Slide towards isolation

IT is ironic that in the wake of the rightwing political mantra about a `free` and `sovereign` Pakistan, recent reports on socio-cultural indicators depict a dismal picture of the country`s…

Violence Against Women

Violence against women

PAKISTAN has good reason to ponder the consequences of the high level of violence against women during the campaign called 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence that ends on…