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Umair Javed

The mainstreaming debate

The mainstreaming debate

Are these groups, who’ve long remained at the beck and call of the Pakistani state, tired of playing second fiddle? Published Oct 09, 2017 06:15am
Suburban Pakistan vs the rest

Suburban Pakistan vs the rest

The underlying economic base for inequality is repeatedly reinforced through widening social network disparities. Published Sep 25, 2017 06:49am
‘Dragon in a three-piece suit’

‘Dragon in a three-piece suit’

Very rarely, if at all, do we talk about the political, social or cultural impact of Chinese investment in the country. Published Sep 11, 2017 07:16am
Enumerating Pakistan

Enumerating Pakistan

The sheer size of the population and its purported age structure has strong implications for our development prospects. Published Aug 28, 2017 07:06am
Beyond Nawaz

Beyond Nawaz

Nawaz’s popularity, or the popularity of a Nawaz-type politician, among a core set of voters will stay for the ... Published Aug 14, 2017 07:04am
A futile ‘martyr’?

A futile ‘martyr’?

Punjabi voters and middle-tier politicians are risk-averse and conservative in their preferences. Published Jul 17, 2017 07:13am
Surrendering Parachinar

Surrendering Parachinar

Three attacks, over 100 killed, many more injured, and countless households plunged into tragedy. Published Jul 03, 2017 06:57am
JIT and the 2018 elections

JIT and the 2018 elections

With the ongoing saga still some way away from a firm conclusion, it’s hard to say how its outcome will impact Published Jun 19, 2017 02:43am
Speaking up for labour

Speaking up for labour

One would be hard-pressed to find a domestic operation in the manufacturing or retail sector where labour violations Published Jun 05, 2017 03:04am
Opening up CPEC

Opening up CPEC

From what we’ve seen of CPEC so far, the aggregation and input of domestic interests looks to be largely absent. Updated Jun 21, 2017 02:15pm
Our darkest moments

Our darkest moments

The state does not have a solution to vigilantism related to blasphemy accusations. Updated Jun 21, 2017 02:27pm
In the court’s shadow

In the court’s shadow

What may hurt the PML-N now is the moral hit to their leader’s reputation by way of a court ruling. Published Apr 24, 2017 07:10am
The road to 2018

The road to 2018

A report shows that the PTI continues to trail the PML-N in party support and voting intent in the constituencies.... Published Apr 10, 2017 03:01am
After Imran Khan

After Imran Khan

PTI’s capacity to plan ahead for a succession is not just important for its supporters, it is fundamental for the health Updated Mar 27, 2017 08:34am
Dirty politics

Dirty politics

The framework of entitlement goes a long way in explaining the lurid, misogynistic words of a PML-N MNA. Updated Mar 13, 2017 10:27am
Lahore and the PSL final

Lahore and the PSL final

Will people feel safer because Lahore was secured for one evening? Published Feb 27, 2017 04:28am
Another year without Basant

Another year without Basant

The public is a lot more amenable to the festival now than it has ever been in the past decade. Published Feb 13, 2017 06:12am
Electoral patriarchy

Electoral patriarchy

The absence of women in urban politics has much to do with the absence of women in spaces where political entrepreneurs Published Jan 30, 2017 04:12am
The myth of two extremes

The myth of two extremes

What lies on the other end of the social spectrum is a minuscule liberal population numbering no more than a few Published Jan 16, 2017 07:11am
Devolution in Punjab

Devolution in Punjab

Instilling trust in local governments and building their institutional capacity to deliver has to start at some point. Updated Jan 02, 2017 06:56pm