Perhaps the most serious human rights issue today concerns the media’s freedom of expression.
The arguments offered for not accepting the present leader of the opposition as PAC head are not tenable.
The failure to manage fecal sludge or waste water poses a grave threat to public health in rural Pakistan.
The recent buckling down of the state to mobs of the radical right is not the first time it has done so.
The definition of a competent bureaucrat includes the ability to keep his political boss out of trouble.
The proposed legislation will deprive the press of the rights won by it over the past 70 years.
The game of blaming the outgoing regime began to be played within the first decade of freedom.
The bills pertaining to enforced disappearances and blasphemy need to be carefully scrutinised.
INGOs and CSOs are not at risk of being exploited by terrorist groups the way in which charities are.
Public awareness of the new right to information law appears to be limited.
The decision to add the capital’s affairs to the interior ministry’s charge betrays a lack of comprehension.
The state is becoming more and more violent. It only issues orders and does not talk to the people.
Repressive measures are being justified in the name of security or the need to fight terrorism.
For a meaningful change in the system of governance, the new rulers need more debate — not less.
The International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances is being observed today.
The public clamour about the need for parties to democratise their functioning has started having effect.
Bureaucrats considered honest or sticklers for the rules are more often than not bypassed.
It will be necessary to devise an accountability system that is independent of government initiative.
The question now is where do we go from here?
The self-evident truth in Pakistan today is that the 2018 election has already been manipulated beyond repair.