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I.A. Rehman

Security with freedoms

Security with freedoms

International news channels have made censorship and withholding of news from any people impossible. Published Feb 14, 2019 07:18am
Two welcome decisions

Two welcome decisions

Enforced disappearances and bonded labour remain festering sores in this country. Published Feb 07, 2019 06:44am
A grave threat to freedoms

A grave threat to freedoms

No valid reason has been advanced to justify the unification of the media laws. Published Jan 31, 2019 06:16am
Why the Manto ban is bad

Why the Manto ban is bad

Censorship has always been defended in terms of a need to protect impressionable minds. Updated Jan 24, 2019 01:59pm
The ILO and Pakistan

The ILO and Pakistan

The International Labour Organisation has come a long way since it adopted its first convention in 1919. Published Jan 17, 2019 06:21am
Minorities’ long wait

Minorities’ long wait

No time-consuming inquiry is needed to ascertain the nature and extent of their plight. Published Jan 10, 2019 05:25am
Spare democratic norms

Spare democratic norms

It is surely time the government acquired the confidence to govern without demonising the opposition. Updated Jan 03, 2019 09:53am
A code for parliamentarians

A code for parliamentarians

Recognition of one’s inherent dignity did not dilute the force of disagreement or censure. Published Dec 27, 2018 07:15am
The real threat to Thar

The real threat to Thar

The Gorano story is only a small part of the much bigger threat the people of Thar are facing. Updated Dec 20, 2018 10:29am
Human rights obligations

Human rights obligations

The UPR provides an opportunity for a most thorough scrutiny of the state’s human rights record. Published Dec 13, 2018 07:10am
Human rights priorities

Human rights priorities

Perhaps the most serious human rights issue today concerns the media’s freedom of expression. Updated Dec 06, 2018 10:03am
Sound conventions needed

Sound conventions needed

The arguments offered for not accepting the present leader of the opposition as PAC head are not tenable. Published Nov 29, 2018 07:05am
Poverty & poison for drinking

Poverty & poison for drinking

The failure to manage fecal sludge or waste water poses a grave threat to public health in rural Pakistan. Published Nov 15, 2018 06:09am
When the state capitulates

When the state capitulates

The recent buckling down of the state to mobs of the radical right is not the first time it has done so. Updated Nov 12, 2018 01:04pm
Bureaucrats have rights too

Bureaucrats have rights too

The definition of a competent bureaucrat includes the ability to keep his political boss out of trouble. Updated Nov 08, 2018 09:23am
A new press gag plan

A new press gag plan

The proposed legislation will deprive the press of the rights won by it over the past 70 years. Published Nov 01, 2018 06:49am
Not by abuse alone

Not by abuse alone

The game of blaming the outgoing regime began to be played within the first decade of freedom. Published Oct 25, 2018 06:54am
Two debatable draft laws

Two debatable draft laws

The bills pertaining to enforced disappearances and blasphemy need to be carefully scrutinised. Published Oct 18, 2018 07:37am
Ending terror financing

Ending terror financing

INGOs and CSOs are not at risk of being exploited by terrorist groups the way in which charities are. Published Oct 11, 2018 07:15am
A key to open democracy

A key to open democracy

Public awareness of the new right to information law appears to be limited. Published Oct 04, 2018 07:01am