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I.A. Rehman

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
Islamabad needs special care

Islamabad needs special care

The decision to add the capital’s affairs to the interior ministry’s charge betrays a lack of comprehension. Updated Sep 27, 2018 07:43am
The dignity of person

The dignity of person

The state is becoming more and more violent. It only issues orders and does not talk to the people. Published Sep 20, 2018 06:26am
No reason to stifle CSOs

No reason to stifle CSOs

Repressive measures are being justified in the name of security or the need to fight terrorism. Published Sep 13, 2018 07:19am
Issues in transition

Issues in transition

For a meaningful change in the system of governance, the new rulers need more debate — not less. Published Sep 06, 2018 06:22am
Revisiting disappearances

Revisiting disappearances

The International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances is being observed today. Published Aug 30, 2018 06:58am
Building healthy conventions

Building healthy conventions

The public clamour about the need for parties to democratise their functioning has started having effect. Published Aug 16, 2018 07:24am
Good governance requisites

Good governance requisites

Bureaucrats considered honest or sticklers for the rules are more often than not bypassed. Published Aug 09, 2018 06:54am
Reconstruction of politics

Reconstruction of politics

It will be necessary to devise an accountability system that is independent of government initiative. Published Aug 02, 2018 05:50am
Hard days ahead

Hard days ahead

The question now is where do we go from here? Published Jul 26, 2018 05:57am
Veiled & institutional wrongs

Veiled & institutional wrongs

The self-evident truth in Pakistan today is that the 2018 election has already been manipulated beyond repair. Published Jul 19, 2018 06:30am