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The Madressah Factor

The madressah factor

PAKISTAN’S madressah sector is increasingly being seen as a critical factor in the pervading insecurity in the country, particularly after the announcement of the National Action Plan. The fact is…

Power Politics

Power politics

Capital suggestion Our newly elected government is now 18 months old. Over the past 18 months, the Pakistani amphitheatre has seen three major power players and three game-changing events. The…

Persisting Dichotomies

Persisting dichotomies

THE religio-political parties and those at the helm of madressahs’ affairs have always seen their interests being threatened whenever the government has decided to take some counterterrorism measures. They would…

Counter-extremism Templates

Counter-extremism templates

IN a significant and long-awaited response, Pakistan’s political and military leaders have largely been able to develop a consensus on an action plan for countering terrorism. It took them 14…

War On Language

War on language

While visiting Balochistan, one becomes aware of just how removed that province is from mainstream Pakistan. And it’s not only the obvious things — such as the dire lack of…

Skewed Perspective

Skewed perspective

Pakistan usually hovers near the bottom of lists compiled to compare countries on various economic and social indicators. The Gender Gap Index prepared by the World Economic Forum is no…

Newsworthy RSS?

Newsworthy RSS?

Hindutva crossed yet another red line in India on October 3 when the state-owned Doordarshan news channel made a live broadcast, for the first time ever, of the Vijayadashami (Dussehra)…

Fear The Islamic State

Fear the Islamic State

Al-Qaeda is a thing of the past. Its appeal has gone and its recruiting banner has lost its lustre. It was a product of the CIA-sponsored jihad against the Soviet…

Media Jingoism Boomerangs

Media jingoism boomerangs

Barely two weeks after a major earthquake that killed more than 8,000 people, Nepal suffered an aftershock, killing more than 70 people. Over 3.5 million people still need food assistance;…