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Nation’s fate

Nation’s fate

I hold no brief for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family. I did not vote for the PML-N in any of the previous elections. Nevertheless one mus ...

No more martyrs please

No more martyrs please

The JIT is going to present its report to the Supreme Court. Depending on the contents of the report, the Supreme Court once again will sit in judg ...

Strange bedfellows

Strange bedfellows

In 2015 Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) made a wonderful short documentary about the Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah of which I was also a ...

Who is Maryam Jinnah?

Who is Maryam Jinnah?

A few years ago I was amused to read in the newspaper that Nazaria Pakistan Workers Trust in Lahore was holding a meeting to commemorate the life o ...

Ahraristan not Pakistan

Ahraristan not Pakistan

I hate to keep repeating myself, but repeat myself I must so long as necessary. Majlis-e-Ahrar-e-Islam was a party founded in late 1920s. Its leadi ...

Defenseless rights

Defenseless rights

The Pakistani edition of the International New York Times has yet again censored an op-ed by a leading Pakistani writer about our recent embrace of ...

“Freely”

“Freely”

  The Objectives’ Resolution passed in 1949 by Pakistan’s Constituent Assembly was supposed to be a compromise document bet ...

Banning  the Internet?

Banning the Internet?

Disturbing news is coming out of the Islamabad High Court, where first a judge threatened to ban all of the social media and then the interior mini ...

Our soft power

Our soft power

I was recently asked for my professional opinion in the case of a Pakistani Christian family-seeking asylum in a western country. Apparently, this ...

Butchery of our soul

Butchery of our soul

The attack on Lal Shahbaz Qalandar’s shrine at Sehwan as well as the attacks in Lahore, Quetta and Peshawar was nothing less than an attack o ...

Jefferson and Muslims

Jefferson and Muslims

The question that whether Muslims could be citizens of Christian Commonwealth was first considered by John Locke in the 17th century England. < ...

Ethnic cleansing of Ahmadis

Ethnic cleansing of Ahmadis

What happened in Chakwal on 12 December, while the nation celebrated Eid Milad-un-Nabi, is yet another reminder that Pakistan’s systematic ex ...

Low-quality conservatism

Low-quality conservatism

Justice Antonin Scalia of the US Supreme Court passed away in February this year. He was a renowned conservative who was known for his pitched fork ...

Freedom of the  press

Freedom of the press

It is that time when Pakistanis must be reminded of the fact that the man they call the father of the nation, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, in his role as a ...

Posterity will condemn you

Posterity will condemn you

In my view, no real patriot of Pakistan or India can want a war between these two nations. It will all but end Pakistan and India forever, to a poi ...

Internet and our future

Internet and our future

One of the biggest problems that Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), as the Internet regulator in Pakistan, has been facing for a number of ...

The Chinese fulcrum

The Chinese fulcrum

Pakistan’s foreign policy since inception has been to look for a fulcrum to balance its weight against its bigger neighbour, India. During th ...

Reformation is under way

Reformation is under way

There is always a sense of despondency amongst liberal and progressive minded people in Pakistan. Inevitably, most conversations turn to religious ...

Dealing with Facebook

Dealing with Facebook

India, the “largest democracy” in the world, has resorted to brute force against Kashmiri people who have merely been asking for the fu ...

Lessons from Ali Shariati

Lessons from Ali Shariati

Ali Shariati of Iran was one of the greatest philosophers and revolutionary Muslim modernists produced by the Islamic World. He was a well-intentio ...

Brexit

Brexit

So the United Kingdom (UK) has chosen to leave the European Union (EU). As expected this momentous decision has caused tumult in the financial worl ...

Minorities’ reserved seats

Minorities’ reserved seats

Pakistan has a joint electorate system based on one person, one vote. However, in order to ensure some representation to the religious minorities i ...

Ijtihad and Pakistan

Ijtihad and Pakistan

One of the most revolutionary undertakings by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was the adoption of a slightly modified version of the Swiss Civil Code in Turk ...

Pakistan and its hate crimes

Pakistan and its hate crimes

The burning down of a factory owned by an Ahmedi family followed by the ransacking of an Ahmedi place of worship in Jhelum has once again showed ho ...

Iqbal Day

Iqbal Day

The government’s decision not to give a day off on Allama Iqbal’s birthday has been the subject of much criticism. Some quarters have e ...

The South Asian mechanism

The South Asian mechanism

Events this past week have confirmed the worst about South Asia. First, came the attack by Shiv Sena on Sudheendra Kulkarni, a Bharatiya Janata Par ...

The bogey of Pax Iranica

The bogey of Pax Iranica

Husain Haqqani, whose byline always emphasises that he was Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US, recently wrote an article for The Huffingt ...

Reformations

Reformations

Europe went through a religious upheaval in the 16th and 17th centuries. It started with the Protestant rebellion against the Catholic Church&rsquo ...

The forced minority report

The forced minority report

During a trip to Kashmir on May 23, 1944, Jinnah was asked a question as to who was a member of the Muslim Conference, the Kashmir equivalent of th ...

When was Pakistan founded?

When was Pakistan founded?

It is not a wonder that the Pakistani youth are extremely confused about history and identity. Recently writing in the Urdu press, self-styled hist ...

Basic structure?

Basic structure?

After the recent Supreme Court (SC) judgment on the 18th and 21st Amendments, the constitutional issue of basic structure has come up yet aga ...

Reframing democracy

Reframing democracy

One of the persistent myths that we live with is that what is known as ‘liberal democracy’ today is neither liberal nor even a true dem ...

Stay the course

Stay the course

At a brunch this week, I had an interesting discussion with a usually sympathetic foreign journalist on Pakistan. He was of the view that Pakistan& ...

Rohingyas and Ahmedis

Rohingyas and Ahmedis

Though there are some questions about the story but if Tahera Ahmad — the chaplain from Northwestern University — was subjected to anti ...

Pakistan and the Rome Statute

Pakistan and the Rome Statute

The Pakistani state should ratify the Rome Statute, which creates the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague. Even though Pakistan was one ...

Secular Pakistan

Secular Pakistan

Last week, the justices of  the Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan had a very interesting debate on whether Pakistan could become a secular state ...

'Motherly' cyber crime bill

'Motherly' cyber crime bill

In a television interview recently, Anusha Rahman, the minister of state for information technology, exclaimed that the state is “like a moth ...

Use of religion in politics

Use of religion in politics

Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed has reviewed Venkat Dhulipala’s book Creating a New Medina (Daily Times, April 7, 2015) and in doing so made some statements ...

Pakistan will rise

Pakistan will rise

Pakistan has a multitude of problems — this is well known — including the Taliban, religious extremism, violence against women and offi ...

The litmus test s

A foreigner taking a keen interest in Pakistan’s current situation asked me what the litmus test would be to indicate the government of Pakis ...

Chaudhry’s court

Chaudhry’s court

While the use of military courts for terrorism trials is no doubt a necessity in present conditions, it sets an extremely undesirable precedent, th ...

Modi’s mythical India

Modi’s mythical India

“Here comes the god to send the devil right back to his cave. We are going to drop the bomb on the Yakub crew,” said the rapper Grand P ...

What is Pakistan's ideology?

What is Pakistan's ideology?

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has laid another egg. This time, a certain Professor Kundi of the HEC was pleased to send a letter/notificati ...

Bashing Macaulay

Bashing Macaulay

In a speech and a subsequent tweet recently, Imran Khan produced this alleged quote from Macaulay: “I have travelled across the length and br ...

The anti-Malala sentiment

The anti-Malala sentiment

Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Peace Prize — a point of pride for all Pakistanis — has elicited a most shameful response from certain q ...

A federation of communities

A federation of communities

A discerning student of Pakistan’s history should be able to identify a common thread in all military-led administrations of the country. Wit ...

Making minorities disappear

Making minorities disappear

For those of us who are still free of cynicism towards this country of ours and those who believe sincerely in the much battered idea of Jinnah&rsq ...