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Lessons from Singapore

In my previous articles I provided the way forward for Pakistan by investing in education, science, technology and innovation with the focused objective of becoming a major exporter of high…

The 22nd and 23rd amendments

In the third year of its rule in 2016, the PML-N government decided to further streamline the procedure for the appointment, qualifications and other prerequisites for the chief election commissioner…

The 20th and 21st amendments

The 20th Amendment was the last major achievement of the PPP government which constantly found itself on the receiving end of an irate CJP’s anger. Parliament passed the 20th Amendment…

Gandhi’s ‘mission impossible’

Released in 2008, the Bollywood movie ‘Shaurya’ (meaning bravery or gallantry) depicts the court martial of a Muslim officer of the Indian army for having shot his senior during a…

Constitutional amendments: Part – III

The sixth constitutional amendment – passed in December 1976 – made a mockery of the constitution. It allowed the chief justice of the Supreme Court and high courts to complete…

The untouchables

Our culture respects the dead. Condolences pour in from near and far, even from ‘enemies’. The faults of the departed are either completely ignored, or mentioned in an elliptical manner…

A counterterrorism future again?

Thirteen years ago, in December 2007, the Pakistani military completed Operation Rah-e-Haq, ostensibly cleansing Swat of the threat of a terrorist takeover by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). This would not…

The sinister knock

IT is an apocryphal story. A Russian and an American argued over who enjoyed greater freedom of speech. The Russian insisted that he enjoyed unfettered freedom of speech, to which…

Estranged federation

The federation of Pakistan faces an unprecedented estrangement and discontent from its people in different provinces. A low level insurgency has continued in Balochistan since last many years but there…

War crimes

Amid the apocalyptic horror of Russia’s war on Ukraine, the outlook is grim – this war of aggression will result in untold casualties, massive displacement and long-term suffering, not just…