Go Nawaz go . . . for an early election

The third term of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been far from smooth. Beset by challenges of governance and a strong opposition, he has…

An elusive victory

Third time elected PM has once again survived in office. Two Supreme Court judges in their dissenting judgment found Sharif guilty of the charges…

Let’s accept what we have done to ourselves

The lynching of Mashal Khan by fellow students at an educational campus in Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, is a stark reminder of what we have done to ourselves. The…

Blasphemer hunting must stop

The violent passions incited in many sections of Pakistani society by accusations of blasphemy were on display once again – this time in Mardan.…

Pakistan’s radicalisation problem begins at school

In 2010, Pakistan’s Parliament devolved education as well as the powers to set school curricula to the provinces. Many of us heralded this change,…

My Utopia Died Three Years Ago

The Parliament has extended the military courts for another two years. Cited as a desperate measure in extraordinary times, there has been a widespread…

Taseer will live as an icon for a sane, just Pakistan

Salmaan Taseer, businessman, publisher and Governor of Pakistan’s largest Province, was killed by his bodyguard a zealot who like his supporters thought that Taseer had…

An icon for a sane, just Pakistan

Salmaan Taseer’s defiance of convention and collective cowardice is one of the watersheds of Pakistan’s contemporary history. His defence of a poor Christian woman…

‘Blasphemy laws have become an instrument of malicious motives’

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) in its new report On Trial: the Implementation of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws, has documented the widespread fair trial violations…

Remembering Faiz and his Culture Policy of early 1970s

Today is the 26th death anniversary of Faiz Ahmed Faiz whose life and works are national assets. Faiz was a torchbearer of the glorious…