A season of self-censorship — confessions of an Editor-at-large

April 22, 2018: A season of self-censorship — confessions of an Editor-at-large Once again, Pakistan’s media is under fire. Unlike the past, there are…

Reforming the civil service — avoiding the pitfalls

September 30, 2018: Reforming the civil service — avoiding the pitfalls There is wide consensus across Pakistan’s political spectrum that the civil service needs…

Another light out

April 29, 2018: Another light out It is difficult to remember a friend who left so suddenly. And one I will never see again.…

When democracy turns into a farce

October 7, 2018: When democracy turns into a farce The arrest of Leader of the Opposition and former Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif is a reminder…

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…

Salmaan Taseer – on the right side of history

January 4, 2018: Salmaan Taseer – on the right side of history (Daily Times) Today marks the seventh anniversary of the senseless, cold-blooded murder of…

Pak-US ties — bravado is no substitute for diplomacy

January 7, 2018: Pak-US ties — bravado is no substitute for diplomacy (Daily Times) Pakistan’s relationship with the United States has hit a new low.…

End this culture of impunity

January 14, 2018: End this culture of impunity (Daily Times) Pakistani journalists and activists continue to face intimidation and violence. Worse, they have to deal…

Extrajudicial killings in the name of counterterrorism are unacceptable

January 21, 2018: Extrajudicial killings in the name of counterterrorism are unacceptable (Daily Times) As a successor of the colonial police force, police departments in…

Zainab’s murder — fodder for opportunist political elites and media

JANUARY 28, 2018: Zainab’s murder — fodder for opportunist political elites and media (Daily Times)    The brutal rape and murder of 8-year-old Zainab was…

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…

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…

Facilitating peace process in Afghanistan is in Pakistan’s national interest

September 10, 2017: Facilitating peace process in Afghanistan is in Pakistan’s national interest (Daily Times) During his election campaign, President Trump had vowed to end…

The unbearable cost of advocating peace

December 24, 2017: The unbearable cost of advocating peace(Daily Times) Raza Mahmood Khan, a peace activist and a human rights’ defender from Lahore, is missing…

Our selective solidarity with the Ummah

September 17, 2017: Our selective solidarity with the Ummah The brutal treatment of the Rohingya community by Myanmar has attracted international indignation. Thousands have fled…

2017: Instability, manufactured crises and surrender

December 31, 2017: Instability, manufactured crises and surrender(Daily Times) The foregoing year was tumultuous to say the least. Pakistan’s ruling elites – elected and unelected…

Beijing has signaled. Is Islamabad listening?

October 1, 2017: Beijing has signaled. Is Islamabad listening? Though China has repeatedly blocked Indian moves to sanction JeM and its leadership, it has given…

To protect Pakistanis, reframe security policy

June 10, 2017: To protect Pakistanis, reframe security policy (Daily Times) Pakistan’s treatment of its minorities is unenviable to say the least. It is ironic…