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Beyond The Veneer

Beyond the veneer

Mashal’s death was excruciating because it  exposed the hypocrisies, mediocrity and hollowness of our polity. The incident reflected the sheer bankruptcy of the education system that is tailored by the…

No More Lynchings Of Our Mashals

No more lynchings of our Mashals

Will this be the last time a promising youngster is lynched at a supposed place of learning by a crazy mob in the presence of those who are bound to…

How To Remember Mashal

How to remember Mashal

As predictable as it is infuriating, Mashal Khan is becoming yesterday’s news. Entertainment and masala always gets better ratings than moral self-examination and the Supreme Court’s Panama Papers judgment has…

Remembering the fifth of July

The fifth of July brings to our mind the reactionary military coup General Ziaul Haq engineered, which reshaped Pakistan’s ideological, social, cultural and strategic landscape. No any other regime influenced…

Wages Of Freedom In A State Of Inquisition

Wages of freedom in a state of inquisition

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif seemed quite sanguine while launching Zarb-e-Qalam (literally ‘stroke of the pen’), meant to intellectually counter the violent extremist mindset that produces terrorism. Alas, that was not…

Muslim Discourse

Muslim discourse

The wealth and pomp of several Muslim monarchies notwithstanding, the world of Islam is in tatters. Torn by internal strife, lack of focus on starving millions and controlled by greed…

Benazir: Leader Par Excellence – II

Benazir: leader par excellence – II

The theory propounded by Dr Sachithanandam got credence as proved by later events. Dr Sachithanandam aptly highlighted that "the earliest foreboding surfaced in the backroom manoeuvres by United States and…

No Fair Deal For Women

No fair deal for women

This year, Pakistan’s women activists are observing 16 days of activism against gender violence (Nov 25 to Dec 10) with greater fervour than previously. At the same time, no sooner…

Fighting Terrorism

Fighting terrorism

"Terrorist trade and experience are passed on from Western masters to their new Muslim recruits. The Mujahideen, Al-Qaida, ISIS - on closer examination, their tactics of intimidation and terrorisation are…

Anachronistic CII

Anachronistic CII

Last week, the Senate’s Functional Committee on Human Rights called for disbanding the misogynistic and retrogressive Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) and suggested that its budget be reallocated to the…