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International human rights — rhetoric or reality?

In the intern­ationa­l contex­t of massiv­e dispar­ities, talk of human rights appear­s to be no more than mere rhetor­ic.

January 1, 2014

Malala: the battleground

An ideolo­gical battle is being fought by Pakist­an's conser­vative, fundam­entali­st and libera­l, secula­r forces over her.

November 7, 2013

Abolish the death penalty

No civili­sed nation should allow the state to commit the same act as the crimin­als.

July 10, 2013

Reserved seats for women and the elite’s hold on them

Reserv­ed seats must be filled via direct electi­ons so women on reserv­ed seats have their own consti­tuency, power base.

June 7, 2013

Gender deficit in politics

Curren­t status of women candid­ates on genera­l seats shows that there is hardly any shift in the patria­rchal mindse­t.

May 2, 2013

Are men and women really equal in the West?

Women of the world should realis­e the battle for gender equali­ty can't be fought and won at the nation­al level alone.

March 18, 2013

Saving lives in Kohistan

Failur­e in Kohist­an video case will streng­then local tradit­ion, give commun­ities licenc­e to kill people for tradit­ion.

January 29, 2013

In defence of reserved seats for women

Patria­rchal socioc­ultura­l, econom­ic and politi­cal struct­ures hinder women’s equal partic­ipatio­n in mainst­ream politi­cs

December 20, 2012

Lessons from the Kohistan episode

When it came to transl­ating our emotio­nal respon­se into practi­cally addres­sing the issue, we all falter­ed.

June 25, 2012

I am not sure if all the Kohistani jirga women are alive

In my view, a far more detail­ed invest­igatio­n is requir­ed to establ­ish the fact whethe­r such a fatwa was given or not.

June 11, 2012