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The PTA’s obfuscation

X (formerly Twitter) is officially blocked in Pakistan and finally there is proof. On March 20, 2024, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), in response to petitions challenging the restriction on…

Time to apply for FATF membership

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) concluded its 5th Plenary presided over by Singaporean President T. Raja Kumar. Delegates from over 200 jurisdictions and international organizations convened in Paris for…

Violations of privacy rights

Pakistan not only faces economic and political challenges but has also to contend with multiple pressing issues highlighting the complexities of country’s socio-political topography and diverse array of obstacles it…

Save the children

Climate crises negatively impact everyone indiscriminately. Disasters caused by climate change affect women, the elderly and children across the globe. The threats of climate change to the lives of children…

How to be a better thinker

In response to my previous article ‘What have we become?’ (March 4), I received many appreciation emails from my readers. Some asked for more details about how to evaluate beliefs…

And then the deluge

Tampering with the election process has been a favourite pastime of the power-wielders in the country. It is sardonically stated that the only free and fair elections conducted in the…

Invest in women for progress

The theme of International Women's Day 2024 is ‘Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress’ which is being celebrated to emphasize and highlight the importance of empowering women for development and prosperity.…

Governance for the people

Successive governments in Pakistan have rarely paid attention to human development indicators. The development model that the political elite follows favours a tiny section of the super-rich. However, it is…

Not an elitist festival

Despite all the criticism for being an ‘elite’ show for ‘burger’ families, the Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) organized by the Oxford University Press (OUP) remains a fest for those interested…