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Umair Javed

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

Who cares about corruption?

The history of development is ambivalent on the connection between corruption & growth. Published May 09, 2016 01:27am

Greed and real estate

The land development regime in Pakistan is rife with loopholes, none less so than the colonial-era Land Acquisition Act. Published Apr 25, 2016 06:48am

A gift from Panama

Does the aftermath of the Panama Papers show just how little Pakistan’s political system has evolved? Published Apr 11, 2016 06:37am

A liberal dawn?

There are two sides to the state’s apparently ‘progressive’ turn in recent months. Published Mar 28, 2016 06:53am

Who matters in Lahore?

The fractured politics of an unequal city leaves the future of environmental concerns particularly bleak. Published Mar 14, 2016 06:46am

Battling state employees

The crisis of patronage-based employment is actually part of a much broader labour market crisis. Published Feb 15, 2016 02:04am

Traders and the amnesty scheme

The amnesty scheme comes across as the final settlement between a chunk of the trading community and the government. Published Feb 01, 2016 01:16am

CPEC and federalism

Ethnic discord and centre-province conflict are a fight between different tiers of political elites. Published Jan 18, 2016 07:02am

Democratic consolidation in 2015

Pakistan’s trajectory from procedural democracy to substantive democracy has been mixed at best. Published Jan 04, 2016 01:45am

Few and many

Societal bigotry aside, the Pakistani state and its guiding legal structure perpetuate and enshrine discriminatory Updated Dec 21, 2015 02:43pm