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Moving past the toxicity

A battle began in the 1990s in Pakistan between a military dictator and a politician who was once mentored by the very establishment that overthrew him and who arguably became…

Terrorism financing in Pakistan

Terrorism is a contested term -- difficult to define, and a cause of contention in academics and policymaking for years. There is no universal definition of terrorism. According to the…

A dangerous new culture

Suddenly, initially almost unnoticed by many of us, the culture of politics and with it broader aspects of social life have altered in the country. Much of this appears to…

Charter of governance and justice

In the modern world, it is the fundamental responsibility of every state and government to provide the best, trustworthy and credible system of governance and justice to its citizens, through…

Preparing for the floods

Now that the very immediate rescue phase of super devastating floods in Pakistan is dovetailing into the relief phase to move towards the rehabilitation side, it is prudent to take…

Inflation and mental health

Economists tend to focus on macroeconomic aspects when debating inflation. They delve into how monetary policy, government spending, and economic shocks affect inflation and vice versa. There has been little…

A snub to the BJP

For the first time in the last eight years, the BJP government of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has succumbed to foreign pressure and removed two spokespersons for making derogatory…

From a gender lens

Although women comprise 48.54 per cent of the total population in Pakistan, their perspective is missing in national policies, laws, and institutions. Legal rights and opportunities to contribute to the…

After the by-election: a juggernaut?

Last week, Karachi was swimming in its own sewage once again. Today, the whole country is swimming in a different kind of soup. The results of the by-elections in 20…

A long lost dream

For decades, the source of India‚Äôs popularity has ranged from the exoticization of yoga, to the mysticism of Indian spirituality, going on to the reign of Bollywood, and the mainstreaming…