Civil Services Reform: Pakistan’s Lingering Challenge

There is widespread consensus in Pakistan that the bureaucracy needs reform. However, focusing on the federal level alone and ignoring the requisite changes needed…

Commentary: IC Reorganization Requires Transparency and Inclusiveness in Decision Making Processes

For months, the Ithaca College community has been in a state of turmoil. The pandemic era has impacted every sphere of human activity including higher…

International Newsletter ‘The Story’ Gives Naya Daur A Warm Shoutout

Laxmi Murthi writes about the new space in Pakistani journalism created by Naya Daur, a new media portal that upholds diversity of opinion and…

Race, Violence and Injustice: Unpacking the Ongoing Protests

The killing of George Floyd on May 25 triggered a wave of protests across the United States. Continued protests demanding dignity and safety for…

The 18th Amendment: An Overview

“The 18th Amendment: An Overview” chapter by Raza Rumi was published in Jinnah institute report titled Devolution: Provincial Autonomy and the 18th Amendment Rumi…

Sadia Dehlvi: An Inimitable Friend Indeed

I had never imagined that I would be writing an obituary of a soulmate. The idea is daunting and shattering, to say the least.…

Towards A Progressive Pakistan: My Panel Discussion With Dr Pervez Hoodbhoy, Nadeem Paracha, Afiya Zia and Amber Shamsi

An erudite panel of academics and journalists talk about the challenges faced by Pakistan in becoming a progressive state over its 73 years of…

‘Blasphemy laws have become an instrument of malicious motives’

Published in The Friday Times (Nov. 27, 2015) The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) in its new report On Trial: the Implementation of Pakistan’s Blasphemy…

Young Pashtuns have shown the mirror to ‘mainstream’ Pakistan

FEBRUARY 11, 2018: Young Pashtuns have shown the mirror to ‘mainstream’ Pakistan (Daily Times) This past fortnight Pakistan witnessed unprecedented mobilisation by the youth…

Asma Jahangir is no more — but her formidable legacy lives on

FEBRUARY 18, 2018: Asma Jahangir is no more — but her formidable legacy lives on (Daily Times) It will take some time to accept…

Forget the world, militias are a threat to Pakistan

FEBRUARY 25, 2018: Forget the world, militias are a threat to Pakistan (Daily Times)  The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an international watchdog, is…

For Imran Khan, this is the time for introspection

MARCH 4, 2018: For Imran Khan, this is the time for introspection (Daily Times) After the Panama verdict in 2017 that ousted Nawaz Sharif…

The dynamic political scene confirms a fast changing Pakistani society

FEBRUARY 4, 2018: The dynamic political scene confirms a fast changing Pakistani society (Daily Times)  The disqualification of Nawaz Sharif through a controversial court verdict…

The personal is political

January 22, 2017: The personal is political (Dawn) Pakistani American artist Anila Quayyum Agha has been celebrated for her groundbreaking sculptural installation ‘Intersections’ that earned…

Love, Loss and Gain: Anila Quayyum Agha’s Art

A shorter version of this article was published in DAWN in January 2017. Pakistani American artist Anila Quayyum Agha has been celebrated for her…

Fighting for democracy

Raza Rumi is a Pakistani journalist and policy analyst who is currently Visiting International Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College, US. A consistent voice…

Miniature Painting Goes Global

Steeped in the past, and yet, modernist in its application, neo miniature is the new face of Pakistani miniature painting and art. Having evolved…

One size may not fit all

Excerpts from my statement: Raza Rumi, Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, says the government has much to do when it…

Khushwant Singh: The last Pakistani living on Indian soil

My tribute to KS (first published in DAWN on March 30) IT is difficult to evaluate the legacy of writer, journalist and an icon…

Displacement & Discontent – Basti by Intizar Husain

THE publication of Basti’s translation is an important literary milestone. The author, Intizar Husain, is perhaps the greatest living Urdu writer and his genius…