Umair Javed

More, not less

Forcefully displacing one set of individuals will not automatically produce angelic democrats.

An early post-mortem

What will come out of this is the same old discourse around civilian politicians — that they’re corrupt and prone to

A household quarrel

The PTI’s pitched battle against the PML-N is moulded across an artificial divide.

Between Gaza and Gujranwala

How the state views a particular issue, or a particular group, becomes a first-level determinant of the public’s moral

Retail Ramazan

Rampant commercialism in Ramazan is completely in line with the nature and history of Pakistan’s economic growth.

Ideological welfare

A REPORT published recently in this paper shed light on the relief efforts undertaken by religious groups in areas...

Questions worth asking

Militant groups and everyday reactionaries found in workplaces, neighbourhoods and mosques are all part of the same

Ishaq Dar’s value

AT one point during the budget speech, the difference between Ishaq Dar and his predecessors became fairly apparent...

Attention deficit

RECENTLY, the All Pakistan Alliance for Katchi Abadis, the Awami Workers Party and hundreds of residents ...

Paucity of options

RASHID Rehman Khan, lawyer and human rights activist, was gunned down in cold blood for defending a young man ...

Our security obsession

EVENTS over the past two weeks have revealed the degree to which the process of democratisation in Pakistan remains...

Middle class politics

SINCE 2007, a growing middle class and its engagement with the political sphere has been the subject of much...

Who rules Pakistan?

A MONTH or so ago, political economist Akbar Zaidi published a piece in Economic and Political Weekly calling for a...

Being partisan

LAST week in London, Indian Minister for External Affairs Salman Khurshid spoke on the challenges facing democracy ...

Punjab’s apathy

AS Mama Qadeer and his companions concluded their record-breaking, 2,500-kilometre long journey from Quetta to...

The Sharia question

DURING a recent talk show discussion on the form of Islamic laws desirable for Pakistan, the anchor brushed aside a...

Historical burden

THE phrase ‘abject surrender’ has been a recurrent feature of recent discussions on the Pakistani state. Not ...

Lahore’s prosperity

“IF one were to go by all this flaunted wealth, it would appear that people in this city are living life in ...

Reversing the rot

THE abysmal condition of social science education in Pakistan has been a topic of some discussion over the last...