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A ‘democratic’ Hypocrisy

A ‘democratic’ hypocrisy

Corruption has been alive and well in Pakistan for over six decades. Soon after the Quaid died and with Liaquat Ali Khan subsequently assassinated in 1951, a small coterie of…

Different Path

Different path

A Female member of parliament was called names during a parliamentary session and though many condemned the action, there have been far too many who have found the issue not…

The Roots Of Misogyny

The roots of misogyny

The outpouring of anger and revulsion at the recent spate of murders of young women who tried to exercise their basic rights will go to waste if the causes of…

CII Reform A Priority

CII reform a priority

The issues raised by the Maulana Sheerani-led Council of Islamic Ideology’s keenness to ensure that wife-beating does not end in Pakistan will be solved neither by protests by women activists…

Remembering Benazir Bhutto

Remembering Benazir Bhutto

December 27, 2015 marks the 8th death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto. She sacrificed her life courageously. She resisted the agenda of fanatics. Certain forces want to make Pakistan a theocratic…

Something Good About Us

Something good about us

Amidst all intellectual bankruptcy, ethical challenges, social fragmentation and emotional turmoil, there is something good about us that we retain as a people. Those who are deeply concerned with the…

December 16: Critical Reflections

December 16: critical reflections

Imtiaz Alam Woh Jo Ashab I Tabal o Ilm Ke Daron Per Kitab Aur Qalam Ka Taqaza Lye, Hath Phailaye Ponchay, Magar Lot Ker Ghar Na Aye  – Faiz Recalling…

What Is The Extremist Narrative?

What is the extremist narrative?

The government and the state are in a dilemma over the extremist religious narrative: if they do identify its broad features they will invite the wrath of the community of…

The Gift Of Zia – Keeps On Giving

The gift of Zia – keeps on giving

In his original article on these pages (‘The curious case of the Shariat Court’, January 10), Feisal Naqvi invited us to consider the benefits of the Federal Shariat Court operating…

An Act Of Appeasement?

An act of appeasement?

In a curious piece on these pages (January 10) Feisal Naqvi, normally the most clear-eyed of commentators, has declared the Federal Shariat Court a mere talk shop and an act…