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Umair Javed

Another year without Basant

The public is a lot more amenable to the festival now than it has ever been in the past decade. Published Feb 13, 2017 06:12am

Electoral patriarchy

The absence of women in urban politics has much to do with the absence of women in spaces where political entrepreneurs Published Jan 30, 2017 04:12am

The myth of two extremes

What lies on the other end of the social spectrum is a minuscule liberal population numbering no more than a few Published Jan 16, 2017 07:11am

Devolution in Punjab

Instilling trust in local governments and building their institutional capacity to deliver has to start at some point. Updated Jan 02, 2017 06:56pm

Politics after Panama

If nothing else, ‘London flats’, ‘shady Qatari prince’, and ‘dubious source of funds’ now carry mass-market recognition. Updated Dec 19, 2016 09:39am

Trouble in Jhang

Quite a few people seem willing to shrug off Jhangvi’s victory as the fair outcome of our democratic process. Updated Dec 05, 2016 07:32pm

Will Pakistan see its own Trump?

There are some inherent failings in Pakistan’s political system, which may act as an inadvertent bulwark against Published Nov 21, 2016 12:54pm

Imran Khan’s endgame

What shock could help the PTI? Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification and an internal leadership struggle in the PML-N would Updated Dec 03, 2016 10:46am

CPEC and the provinces

The corridor is a centralising force in Pakistan’s political system that places a lot of eggs in the federal Published Oct 24, 2016 01:24am

Social immobility in Pakistan

Meaningful social mobility across generations is almost non-existent in the country. Published Oct 10, 2016 01:58am

Democratising foreign policy

In the justified quest to articulate an anti-establishment position, the task of defining any strategic interests of the Published Sep 26, 2016 02:11am

Imran Khan’s lonely struggle

Five months on, no concrete steps have been taken to investigate the source of the PM’s children’s funds. Updated Sep 12, 2016 08:06am

Orange Line battles

Being in favour of mass transit does not entail awarding the government an eternal hall pass for Lahore. Published Aug 29, 2016 02:26am

Blinded by nationalism

Should we attach primacy to foreign conspiracies when the country’s own nationalist project is celebrated by those.... Published Aug 15, 2016 01:12am

Sindh’s leadership transition

The crisis of incompetence and malfeasance that is afflicting Sindh’s governance is impossible to ignore any longer. Published Aug 01, 2016 05:36am

Ideology and terrorism

The role of ideology adds further complexity to the alleged relationship between religion and terrorism. Published Jul 18, 2016 04:36am

Crisis of the left

Whichever way one looks at the new left, it is impossible to deny that mainstream progressive politics is facing a Published Jul 04, 2016 06:50am

Unmet expectations

In a world where it takes little effort to see how the wealthy live, expectations from the state will be high. Published Jun 20, 2016 01:22am

The politics of agriculture

In rural Punjab, mid-sized landowners play an important role as political intermediaries. Published Jun 06, 2016 07:01am

Who is allowed to protest?

The state’s reaction to the protesters is akin to a bully who picks on the weakest in class. Published May 23, 2016 02:30am