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A Farewell To Reason

A farewell to reason

When I pulled back the curtains of my hotel room in the morning, it was raining and the sky was heavily overcast. It felt like an impressionistic painting framed in…

Dilemma Of Barelvi Politics

Dilemma of Barelvi politics

Irrespective of what Allama Tahirul Qadri is destined to achieve through his politics of agitation, he is injecting a sort of activism among disillusioned Barelvi religious organisations with a political…

The Tragedy Of Pakistan

The tragedy of Pakistan

Breathless with apprehensions about what might happen on August 14 and thereafter we all seem to be. And D-day, with its tryst with D-Chowk in Islamabad, is almost here. It…

Missing Debate

Missing debate

COUNTERTERRORISM strategies across the globe and Pakistan’s own experience inform us that the use of force only succeeds in disrupting, dismantling and weakening terrorist networks when supported by an effective…

MPs Under A Cloud

MPs under a cloud

On June 20, two respected NGOs released a list of 53 of the 541 MPs recently elected to the Lok Sabha against whom charges have been framed in criminal courts.…

At The Crossroads Of History

At the crossroads of history

Pakistan today is at a crossroads of history. Will this corrupt pseudo democracy survive in which the corrupt get elected into parliament and then billions are plundered? Or will we…

Education Apartheid

Education apartheid

The word apartheid became well known when it was used in South Africa to discriminate against non-Europeans. Its most vicious aspect was the Bantu Education Act. Frances Baard, an activist,…

Politics Of Patriarchy

Politics of patriarchy

As Imran Khan’s tirades against election irregularities continue unabated, one is tempted to remind him that, as self-anointed leader of the country’s massive population of young people, he was supposed…

Forbidden Pages

Forbidden pages

The Raj bequeathed to the subcontinent a strong tradition of book banning as well as a legal mechanism for the aggrieved to challenge the ban in court. The tradition is…

Did You Say Mid-term?

Did you say mid-term?

Welcome to Pakistan, the great laboratory for politico-economic experimentation after major revolutions elsewhere have run their course. The Chinese settled to a combination of party state mothering a capitalist economy.…