Pervez Hoodbhoy

What should Imran Khan do?

What should Imran Khan do?

Making a mishmash of religion and politics won’t turn Pakistan into a welfare state. Here’s what can. Updated 23 Oct, 2021 07:59am
Learning from Afghanistan

Learning from Afghanistan

Though weak and corrupt, the former Afghan government has left behind excellent school textbooks. Updated 02 Oct, 2021 07:51am
A reformed Taliban?

A reformed Taliban?

Pakistan should welcome the Taliban’s new face but must resolutely insist upon their civilised behaviour. Updated 28 Aug, 2021 09:03am
Who messed up Afghanistan?

Who messed up Afghanistan?

Russia and USA are squarely responsible for Afghanistan’s tragedy but Pakistan is certainly not innocent. Updated 31 Jul, 2021 08:23am
What to learn from China?

What to learn from China?

Certainly not how minorities should be treated! But there’s much else that China can teach Pakistan. Updated 10 Jul, 2021 08:37am
Cost of enforced modesty

Cost of enforced modesty

By inviting mullahs to regulate biology textbooks the PTI government has put Pakistan in reverse gear. Updated 19 Jun, 2021 08:17am
Why are Arabs so powerless?

Why are Arabs so powerless?

Israelis have long known that brain will rule over brawn, a fact that some Arab rulers are only just discovering. Updated 29 May, 2021 08:07am
Will OIC confront France?

Will OIC confront France?

For Pakistan to keep its GSP-Plus status it will have to show the EU that it treats its blasphemy accused fairly. Updated 08 May, 2021 12:00pm
Exempt from accountability?

Exempt from accountability?

PM Khan has done a disservice to Pakistan by exempting certain institutions from performance requirements. Updated 17 Apr, 2021 08:15am
Burning sofas in Islamabad

Burning sofas in Islamabad

Setting sofas on fire brings back memories of the time when Islamabad was set ablaze in 2007. Updated 27 Mar, 2021 10:14am
Inventing cultural nostalgia

Inventing cultural nostalgia

Glorifying violence & conquest through fictionalised history will have devastating consequences for Pakistan. Published 06 Mar, 2021 06:53am
Making Arabic compulsory

Making Arabic compulsory

Forcing students to learn Arabic won’t make them virtuous but setting good examples of moral behaviour might. Updated 13 Feb, 2021 08:10am
Cheating on online exams

Cheating on online exams

The difficulty of preventing online cheating and low ethical standards means that these days most students cheat. Published 23 Jan, 2021 08:00am
Muslims and technology

Muslims and technology

Without a culture of science Muslims will continue consuming technology without producing much. Updated 02 Jan, 2021 09:16am
The academic rankings racket

The academic rankings racket

By rewarding professors with phony achievements Pakistan has damaged universities beyond repair. Updated 12 Dec, 2020 08:48am
Shockwaves out of UAE

Shockwaves out of UAE

Pakistan seeks to lead the Muslim world but civil society in the Middle East is evolving much faster. Updated 21 Nov, 2020 08:22am
Salam’s face blackened

Salam’s face blackened

The world rightly ignores complaints of Islamophobia from a country that mistreats its religious minorities. Updated 07 Nov, 2020 08:27am
A military is only for war

A military is only for war

Successful societies know that those who fight wars well are not always best suited for running industries, academia, or govt. Updated 10 Oct, 2020 08:05am
Arab cultural narcissism

Arab cultural narcissism

Arab and Pakistani cultures remain self-congratulatory even eight centuries after Islam’s Golden Age ended. Updated 19 Sep, 2020 07:54am