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The Right To Home

The right to home

Through the pogroms and cataclysms of history, when populations were chased from their homes and hearths by war or famine or persecution, it was always their right to arrive at…

Failure Of The War

Failure of the war

It is ‘APC’ season again. Karachi residents associate the acronym with armoured personnel carriers that contain and occasionally protect besieged policemen. The political APCs on the other hand contain besieged…

A Purposeless Civil Service

A purposeless civil service

Horse-Riding was a mandatory part of the training imparted to ICS officers of the pre-Partition era. The reason was less chivalrous and more practical as horses were a viable mode…

Gender-sensitive Policing

Gender-sensitive policing

Worldwide perceptions regarding women’s participation in law enforcement are changing, but in Pakistan policing is still a male-dominated career. In Pakistan, the origin of women policing can be traced to…

Not A Perfect World

Not a perfect world

TheIran-Pakistan pipeline is back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Islamabad and Tehran have signed an agreement to press ahead with the project and Tadbir Energy has offered…

Hope On The Wane

Hope on the wane

Tragic as the recent loss of soldiers on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) is, the other significant casualty has been plummeting public confidence in the ability of…

Challenges To Peace

Challenges to peace

Terrorism, militancy, extremism the challenges to peace in Pakistan are many and myriad, and require being answered at multiple levels. One of the main challenges faced is that those who…

The Fundamentalist Mind

The fundamentalist mind

Fundamentalism is a controversial term, ascribed first to 19thcentury American Protestant groups which preached strict adherence to basic biblical tenets. It is now applied loosely to all groups exhibiting broadly…

Limits Of Strategy

Limits of strategy

The government can influence the growth rate primarily by providing an adequate physical and social infrastructure and creating the policy and institutional environment for privatesector investment. The reasons for the…

Land Rights And Democracy

Land rights and democracy

Some months ago, Dr Muzaffar A. Issani, writing to this paper, had taken a critical view of how land rights are understood. While his take on feudalism might have been…