Pervez Hoodbhoy

PTI: water car of politics

PTI: water car of politics

Just as the water car violated thermodynamics, Khan’s agenda for Pakistan violates commonsense. Updated 24 Sep, 2022 09:13am
Floods and photo ops

Floods and photo ops

Pakistan will forever have rapacious leaders unless its people absorb universal human values and learn to think. Updated 03 Sep, 2022 08:35am
Pakistan’s universities at 75

Pakistan’s universities at 75

Scholarly discourse is rare and even basic competencies can be difficult to find in universities. Updated 13 Aug, 2022 09:17am
Don’t negotiate with TTP

Don’t negotiate with TTP

Talking to hardcore killers who understand only the use of force needlessly gifts them political stature. Updated 23 Jul, 2022 09:31am
Israel’s secret weapon

Israel’s secret weapon

Brain power makes teeny-tiny Israel a technological giant before which every Arab country must bow. Updated 02 Jul, 2022 11:08am
Bigger military role — why?

Bigger military role — why?

An informed parliament and the ballot box should fix the meaning of patriotism, not security agencies. Updated 11 Jun, 2022 09:10pm
Pakistan badly needs a rudder

Pakistan badly needs a rudder

To avoid shipwreck, Pakistan will have to deal effectively with militarism, overpopulation, and its skill deficit. Updated 21 May, 2022 09:07am
Yearning for the Miracle Man

Yearning for the Miracle Man

PTI chief taps both into widespread social grievances and into the weak reasoning skills of his devotees. Updated 30 Apr, 2022 08:26am
The ‘honest’ captain myth

The ‘honest’ captain myth

Imran Khan may not be a money-chaser but his lust for power makes him dangerous for Pakistan. Updated 09 Apr, 2022 08:46pm
Balochistan: the foreign hand?

Balochistan: the foreign hand?

Forcibly disappearing Baloch students won’t eliminate terrorism but will weaken the federation of Pakistan. Updated 26 Feb, 2022 08:28am
Another scam in the making

Another scam in the making

Converting the PM House into a university is unworkable, wildly extravagant, and must be stopped. Updated 05 Feb, 2022 08:07pm
Khorana is ours too

Khorana is ours too

Unless Pakistanis learn to value the works of non-Muslims, science in Pakistan shall remain dead. Updated 15 Jan, 2022 08:23am
The pitfalls of ideology

The pitfalls of ideology

Recep Erdogan and Imran Khan have given the driving seat to emotion and the back seat to reason. Updated 26 Dec, 2021 01:45pm
The mutawwa are coming

The mutawwa are coming

Magistrates with armed police escorts are interrogating seven- to 12-year-olds on their Quran-reading skills. Updated 04 Dec, 2021 03:24pm
No, it wasn’t a surrender

No, it wasn’t a surrender

With TLP on board and TTP nearly so, PM Khan has scored a century against the ‘bloody liberals’ he hates. Updated 13 Nov, 2021 10:53am
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