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Free the minorities

Usman Ahmad A few years ago, during an interview with a foreign journalist, I was asked what I thought of the claim often made by some Pakistanis that the nation was a...

The sound of silence

Aamer Sarfraz I am surrounded by people who think and speak aloud. I have no right to complain, because it comes with a heavenly package and may even be a reaction to my...

SOLDIER CITIZEN ALL-AMERICAN JOHN McCAIN

IKRAM SEHGAL   The timing of the death of soldier citizen John McCain has immense ramifications for the dangerous crossroads the US is placed in today. For me...

Politics: the art of compromise

Nasir Khan Political parties are essential to modern democracy, contrary to some popular opinion. Parties organise democracy and prevent voters from having to choose...

Human development in Naya Pakistan

Moonis Ahmar The 2018 General Elections are done, and Pakistan’s moment of truth has arrived. Can the country change its trajectory, and finally become a state that...

Dr. Yasmin Rashid – The iron lady!

Hussnain Magsi “Yasmin Rashid completes hat trick of defeat”, was a headline in a leading english newspaper of the country after the polls....

Solving Kashmir

DR NYLA ALI The people of Kashmir have tried, time and again, to translate themselves from passive recipients of violence, legitimated by legislations of the physically...

Elections and sustainable democracy

Dr Ikramul Haq The elections for another five-year term (2018-2023), only two days away, are an occasion for national jubilation and celebration — a good omen for...

Headstrong heedlessness

Talimand Khan The July 25 elections now bear the stains of blatant coercion, engineering and other tactics meant to deny a level playing field to candidates who aren’t...

A steel fist in a velvet glove

M Ziauddin It has been one long, bitter fight. And it continues. In the very first decade of our independence, the harshest of colonial press laws were employed to...