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Category: Editorial

Pen not mightier than the sword

Ten years of uninterrupted democracy have not been so kind to the fourth estate. We expected much more. At least in terms of real independence. For there is a vast...

Younger Sharif in trouble?

After a decade of governing Punjab, Shehbaz Sharif is all set for his next destination: Islamabad. Whether his party, which is facing both internal and external...

FATA merger not off the table

The FATA merger will go ahead. Just not on this government’s watch. This was largely to be expected. After all, the timetable to have the tribal areas fully...

France and child rape

It has been a year since Emmanuel Macron swept into the Elysée Palace on a pro-EU mandate. Yet 12 months on, he and his LREM (La République En Marche) party are in the...

A taxing budget?

This is supposed to be a people-friendly budget. And some of it does look good; at least on paper. The newly and rather swiftly appointed Finance minister announced...

Surveillance of activists

Here in Pakistan, journalists and civil society activists do not need to imagine themselves on the wrong side of a faded and frayed Iron Curtain to understand that Big...

Windrushing Sajid Javid

Thatcher may have been a grocer’s daughter. But Sajid Javid is the first-ever BAME (black, Asian, minority ethnic; that is, non-white) Home Secretary. Welcome to...

The Hazara and COAS

The COAS swooped in to Quetta. There, he met the Hazara; who had, since the end of last week, been protesting the continued targeted attacks suffered by their community....

PMLN and misogyny

Misogyny has no place in politics. If the ruling PMLN did not know this before, it does now. The party has been rightly castigated over unacceptable remarks made by at...

As Kabul bleeds

ISIS is not holding back in demonstrating its terror prowess in Afghanistan. Indeed, the group has claimed Monday’s twin attacks in Kabul that left some 25 dead. That...