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Now Or Never

Now or never

The whispers are growing louder: why is it that Punjab remains largely peaceful while Balochistan, KP and Sindh continue to be ravaged by an unending spiral of violence? Insofar as…

In Hearts, Not On Flagpoles

In hearts, not on flagpoles

How many of us would recognise a flag with a green and red stripe, and a blue triangle in which a white star appears? Most of us would not know…

Secrets Of Our Darkened Soul

Secrets of our darkened soul

Do nations have souls? The question is a hypothetical one. But if they do, then the soul of our country is shrouded in all kinds of ugly secrets; secrets we…

The Myth Of Progress

The myth of progress

The first day of a New Year arrives full of portent and promise. In its empty expanse of days, we see possibility the chance to do things differently and, by…

Lives That Mattered

Lives that mattered

The interior minister says efforts aimed at negotiating peace with the Taliban have been restarted and that his counterterrorism strategy is nearly ready. On both these counts, we’ll have to…

An Unequal People

An unequal people

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” — George Orwell, Animal Farm The brutal death of 10-year-old Iram earlier this month, at the hands of…

Sentenced To Deformity

Sentenced to deformity

When I was a small boy in Scotland, a long time ago, there was a much-feared disease called infantile paralysis. Nobody I knew contracted it, but when you visited somebody…

The Greatest Gift

The greatest gift

Allah has blessed humanity with innumerable bounties to be grateful for. But the most important of them all is the human body itself. A body with all its organs intact…

Our Violent Fetish

Our violent fetish

One of the most glaring contradictions of the modern world is the coexistence of so much death, destruction and wanton violence alongside humanity’s stupendous advances in virtually all spheres of…