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Educated Militants

Educated militants

Several years ago, an international newspaper compiled a list of the names of some 15 or 20 militants from different parts of the world, tried and convicted for involvement in…

The Madressah Factor

The madressah factor

PAKISTAN’S madressah sector is increasingly being seen as a critical factor in the pervading insecurity in the country, particularly after the announcement of the National Action Plan. The fact is…

Urdu Is Not Going Anywhere

Urdu is not going anywhere

That in my humble view is the conclusion of the conference in Karachi on the state of Urdu language, literature, journalism and performing arts held last week. Urdu is not…

The Only Way Forward

The only way forward

I don’t know where and how he articulated it exactly, but Milan Kundera has described the singularly human capacity to overcome grief as the art of forgetting and living. It…

Opening Minds

Opening minds

WAS it a conscious politico-bureaucratic nuance or simplistic understanding? KP Chief Minister Pervez Khattak recently said something about education that repudiates research of the last half a century in the…

A Composite Education

A composite education

Many years ago, at a gathering of friends, I met a well-known Urdu writer. At some point during the conversation, he told us that while he wrote in Urdu, his…

Reforming Education

Reforming education

It is not possible to create an a priori blueprint for reforming the entire educational system. The creation of such a blueprint can only be led by major stakeholders within…

As Bleak As Ever

As bleak as ever

The new year has brought with it the report card on education in Pakistan that ASER (Annual Status of Education Report) has been issuing without fail since 2009. It is…

Judiciary Goes Native

Judiciary goes native

It is perhaps little known outside of legal circles, that the Supreme Court of Pakistan has recently initiated a programme for translating its judgments into Urdu and placing them on…