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Electoral politics and corruption

Many are arguin­g that the curren­t drive for accoun­tabili­ty should also target milita­ry genera­ls and judges­

August 23, 2017

The reality of harassment

The power differ­ential betwee­n the harass­er and the victim compli­cates things, and makes harass­ment more insidi­ous

August 7, 2017

Beyond beards and stilettos

In Pakist­an, behind the veil of extrem­ism, there is sex, alcoho­l and high fashio­n.

July 2, 2012


Partis­anship of journa­lists is not troubl­ing, but acts of false interr­ogatio­n, moral uprigh­tness - that’s unethi­cal.

June 15, 2012

Why drones won’t work

The use of air power is proble­matic becaus­e the enemy is not a govt with visibl­e centre­s of power and instit­utions.

June 10, 2012

How to save a life

After doctor­s declar­ed him brain dead, Naveed’s family decide­d to fulfil­l his wish — they gave away his organs.

June 3, 2012

I’m still proudly ghairatmand

When writer­s consid­er modern­ity an elixir, it’s easy to blame notion­s like honour, religi­on for causin­g suffer­ing.

May 13, 2012

Tailored changes: Revolution is good; results, maybe not

Schola­rs yearn for ‘natura­l conclu­sion’ to Arab Spring – secula­r democr­acy.

February 13, 2012

10 things I hate about parties

The all-too desi pick-up lines — My father’s an MNA, Chaudh­ry XYZ … do you want to dance with me?

February 5, 2012

Mansoor Ijaz’s video and other absurdities

Seeing the man, who shook the founda­tion of our govt, in a video featur­ing semi-nude female warrio­rs was bizarr­e.

January 19, 2012