Pervez Hoodbhoy

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
Classless education up ahead?

Classless education up ahead?

Yoking ordinary schools to madressahs will impair the reasoning capacity of children and job competitiveness. Updated 29 Aug, 2020 08:21am
Pak-India education compared

Pak-India education compared

India and Pakistan’s new education policies will push their respective religious minorities into a corner. Updated 09 Aug, 2020 11:06am
Don’t tear down statues

Don’t tear down statues

Left-liberals in the West should ponder the effects of effacing historical symbols as Pakistan-India have. Updated 27 Jun, 2020 08:18am
Some take science seriously

Some take science seriously

The state’s scorn for science and surrender to religious forces has put Pakistan’s millions in danger. Published 16 May, 2020 06:13am
HEC: seize the corona moment

HEC: seize the corona moment

What is called online learning can be worth its name if and only if there’s absolute transparency. Published 25 Apr, 2020 06:44am
Corona — our debt to Darwin

Corona — our debt to Darwin

Hopes for dealing scientifically with the virus rest upon Darwin’s discovery of the principle of natural selection. Updated 05 Apr, 2020 10:58am