The Reality versus Theory

In practical terms, reality comes before theory, for a theory seeks to ‘explain’ what already exists. Like gravity which existed
Published 26 Mar, 2021 12:28pm

Federalism on trial

The federating units of might have raised a voice if they knew that the principles cited in the Pakistan Resolution were not
Published 26 Mar, 2021 12:24pm

The debate goes on

The fact that the League’s Central Working Committee in April 1946 amended the Pakistan Resolution and replaced the word ‘states’
Published 26 Mar, 2021 12:22pm

The majority issue

Having suffered at the hands of the Hindu majority, politics in Pakistan has a constant majority-versus-minority streak.
Published 26 Mar, 2021 12:19pm

The key element of independence

Our own history stands testimony to the fact that economic independence is what matters above every other aspect of sovereignty.
Published 26 Mar, 2021 12:17pm

The year of the pandemic

IF there was ever a moment in modern history when life as we know it came to a halt, it was the beginning of the ...
Published 01 Jan, 2021 08:40am

A year of two halves in Pakistan

IN March, when China and Europe were hit hard by the virus, Pakistan reported its first coronavirus death; at an...
Published 01 Jan, 2021 08:38am
Newsmakers

Newsmakers

ZINDAGI TAMASHA: Though cleared by the censor boards, the movie never got an official release in the country. Winner of the Busan
Updated 10 Jan, 2021 12:30pm
PTI versus PTI

PTI versus PTI

The ruling party was more under pressure owing to its own shortcomings rather than anything done by any other entity.
Updated 03 Jan, 2021 01:59am

Transparency at stake

THE accountability juggernaut continued to roll on in 2020. Its path was uneven, for even as it bore down...
Published 01 Jan, 2021 08:05am
A Motley Alliance

A Motley Alliance

While there were visible signs of anxiety among the rulers, not many see the PDM achieving much success in its stated targets.
Updated 03 Jan, 2021 02:00am
Not an ‘exceptional’ year

Not an ‘exceptional’ year

WHEN it comes to Sindh, just about everything is seen through a particular political lens by the rest of the ...
Published 01 Jan, 2021 07:48am
A fluctuating graph

A fluctuating graph

Coming in the middle of an improving situation, the crisis of 2020 was different from anything seen in national history.
Updated 03 Jan, 2021 02:02am
Recognition Blitz

Recognition Blitz

For most part of the year, the Saudi silence on the growing ties between the Arabs and Israel was deafening until IT came out with
Published 01 Jan, 2021 07:32am
Back to a bipolar world?

Back to a bipolar world?

The China-US relationship is like a bad marriage that must continue due to the vested – and common – interests.
Updated 03 Jan, 2021 02:01am
Saving the Quaid

Saving the Quaid

The core of Jinnah’s personality needs to be retrieved and protected in the face of multiple threats emerging from the diverse
Published 27 Dec, 2020 09:51am
Time to idealise Jinnah’s Pakistan

Time to idealise Jinnah’s Pakistan

The Quaid’s relevance in Pakistan has remained intact, but we have failed to follow his principles, ideals and vision which he set
Published 27 Dec, 2020 09:51am
A prototype of a true leader

A prototype of a true leader

Any discussion about Jinnah generally revolves around his role as a politician. The fact is that there was much in his personality
Published 27 Dec, 2020 09:41am

Conceptual confusion

HOPE constitutes a vital factor in mobilising people for a cause. It becomes all the more relevant when there is...
Published 27 Dec, 2020 09:38am
Into the future via the past

Into the future via the past

There is enough evidence in history to believe that Pakistan will continue to move forward.
Published 12 Sep, 2020 03:56pm
Democratic dynasties

Democratic dynasties

Political parties demand democracy but do not practise it themselves.
Published 12 Sep, 2020 03:42pm
Partition’s unfinished agenda

Partition’s unfinished agenda

While Pakistan terms Kashmir its lifeline, India considers it an in integral part. The struggle continues.
Published 12 Sep, 2020 03:36pm
Overcoming the impossible

Overcoming the impossible

From being the best ambassador of Hindu-Muslim unity to the founder of an independent state, Jinnah remained an outstanding leader
Published 12 Sep, 2020 03:33pm
Scoring under stress

Scoring under stress

An overly demanding educational landscape leads to academic stress which obstructs students’ ability to ...
Published 07 Feb, 2020 07:25am
Going abroad, but why?

Going abroad, but why?

While perception does influence choices when it comes to higher education...
Published 07 Feb, 2020 07:25am
Learning photography

Learning photography

Away from professional studies, there is a world that helps you bring out the creativity buried inside you.
Published 07 Feb, 2020 07:25am
The digital dilemma

The digital dilemma

Students in Pakistan have no way of taking up digital marketing as a degree course because no university...
Published 07 Feb, 2020 07:25am
A social investment

A social investment

Exposure to cross-cultural setups goes way beyond the domain of mere academic qualifications.
Published 07 Feb, 2020 07:25am
A rat race with no winners

A rat race with no winners

There is a lot to learn while doing MBA, but the opportunity cost today seems a bit too high to warrant ...
Published 07 Feb, 2020 07:25am
Jinnah and violence

Jinnah and violence

THE coupling of the Quaid’s name with a malevolent noun is done deliberately – to jar the senses like a mild...
Published 26 Jan, 2020 07:46am
Passing the torch

Passing the torch

“…The Mussalmans of India are a Nation…the problem in India is not of an inter-communal character, but...
Published 26 Jan, 2020 07:46am
The final storm of conquest

The final storm of conquest

IN the overall context of Indian independence movement, Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s successful espousal of...
Published 26 Jan, 2020 07:46am
Jinnah’s forgotten precept

Jinnah’s forgotten precept

ACCORDING to Hector Bolitho, one of Jinnah’s biographers, scrupulousness and uprightness were few of the several...
Published 26 Jan, 2020 07:46am
Newsmakers: When India went bonkers

Newsmakers: When India went bonkers

IT was a year when India, by its own standards, went bonkers. From revocation of Article 370 to Citizenship (Amendment)
Published 01 Jan, 2020 08:34am
Triumph of Greed

Triumph of Greed

Bahria's modus operandi has been the elephant in the room for a long time even though its activities were no secret.
Updated 02 Jan, 2020 08:14am
National: Cornered but not quite

National: Cornered but not quite

COURTS, parliament, hospitals, tentative agreements, accusations of last-minute betrayal – yet it is moot if 2019...
Published 01 Jan, 2020 08:14am
A Dysfunctional ECP

A Dysfunctional ECP

THIS was a happening year. Indeed, it was. But under the debris of all the important economic and political...
Published 01 Jan, 2020 08:12am
Judiciary: Treason now accountable

Judiciary: Treason now accountable

AT last a conviction for high treason has been recorded and, hopefully, Article 6 of the Constitution can no longer...
Updated 01 Jan, 2020 10:59pm
Sale mania

Sale mania

SOCIAL media is replete with examples of people pushing and pulling each other to grab discounts when a sale at a...
Published 28 Dec, 2019 11:07pm
Why malls? Why not?

Why malls? Why not?

MOST people believe that the trend of visiting malls has been on the rise of late. “It’s so convenient. You go ...
Published 28 Dec, 2019 11:04pm
An evolving revolution

An evolving revolution

With the ever-growing community of cellular subscribers in Pakistan, the mobile banking industry has made great...
Published 28 Dec, 2019 11:00pm
What’s in a brand?

What’s in a brand?

WE have all heard people complimenting and asking each other about their favourite brands. Be it a wedding or a...
Published 28 Dec, 2019 10:54pm
Wonder women

Wonder women

HAVE you ever seen a tightrope walker in a circus, walking through a thin rope trying to balance himself with a prop...
Published 28 Dec, 2019 10:47pm
Living in a post-truth world

Living in a post-truth world

IN an era when misinformation is readily available, especially over the internet, trust in the news sources is...
Published 28 Dec, 2019 10:41pm
Time to kick it where it hurts

Time to kick it where it hurts

THE most obvious solution to most problems often happens to be a bit too simple to execute. Really. Take for...
Published 28 Dec, 2019 10:38pm
Life in the times of sit-ins

Life in the times of sit-ins

IT has been some years now that the residents of Islamabad – and, for that matter, those of its twin city...
Published 28 Dec, 2019 10:36pm
In search of novelty

In search of novelty

THE election 2018 slogan of creating a ‘Naya’ (new) Pakis­tan was clearly a sincerely meant theme to express ...
Published 14 Aug, 2019 07:05am
The unfinished agenda

The unfinished agenda

AT the time of partition of the Indian sub-continent in August 1947, Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Mahatama...
Published 14 Aug, 2019 07:05am
Going round and round and round

Going round and round and round

IF the mass acceptance of Imran Khan was ever in doubt, the issue should have been settled on the evening of July ...
Updated 17 Aug, 2019 10:47pm
Middleman dominance

Middleman dominance

AGRICULTURE is a commercial proposition taking care of many a livelihood. Every farmer adopts a cropping pattern...
Published 25 Apr, 2019 07:07am
The ground reality

The ground reality

AWAY from the entire debate surrounding tobacco consumption, there can be no argument about the hardcore legality of...
Published 25 Apr, 2019 07:06am
The missing link

The missing link

Though transforming raw products into consumer-ready goods requires a lot of doing, there is no way out if we want to
Published 25 Apr, 2019 07:06am
Onwards and upwards

Onwards and upwards

THERE is no doubt that Pakistan’s retail sector is moving onwards and upwards. That much is beyond debate. When it...
Published 25 Apr, 2019 07:06am
Research rigmarole

Research rigmarole

AS experts put it, one word that defines agriculture research scene in Pakistan is ‘directionless’. It lacks sustained
Published 25 Apr, 2019 07:06am
A potential saviour

A potential saviour

PAKISTAN is an agricultural country and its salvation lies in moving forward in that direction. This is not to say...
Updated 19 Aug, 2019 02:06am
The importance of retrospection

The importance of retrospection

THERE are three days that the Pakistani nation celebrates every year as national holidays — Independence Day on...
Updated 19 Aug, 2019 02:05am

Entrepreneurship is critical

ENTREPRENEURIAL spirit is often not given due weightage in our social mix. The general discussion not just in...
Published 08 Feb, 2019 07:01am
The critical disconnect

The critical disconnect

WE often get to see young graduates moaning about lack of opportunities for the freshies in the job market and that...
Published 08 Feb, 2019 07:01am
The many shades of teaching

The many shades of teaching

AS a chalk-stick is struck against the blackboard, the first words of the day appear in front of 20 pairs of cheeky...
Published 08 Feb, 2019 07:01am
The work-study equation

The work-study equation

YOU should not have been doing your bachelors in Computer Sciences. Instead, you had all the potential of doing well...
Published 08 Feb, 2019 07:01am
Going the extra mile

Going the extra mile

STUDIES are demanding throughout, but when it comes to undergraduate and graduate studies, it only gets tougher by...
Published 08 Feb, 2019 07:01am
Shall it be the heart or the mind?

Shall it be the heart or the mind?

SAYS Naeem, a father of five: “I wanted at least one of my children to study medicine and become a doctor. Though...
Published 08 Feb, 2019 07:01am
An unwanted glut

An unwanted glut

BACK in 2017, the then head of Higher Education Commission (HEC) had told pubic with a heavy heart that the country...
Published 08 Feb, 2019 07:01am
The emerging option

The emerging option

TAQI is a young banker working for a large local bank in Karachi. With a relevant degree from IBA his career is set...
Updated 15 Feb, 2019 05:15pm
The road to Knowledge Economy

The road to Knowledge Economy

WHY is it that when you are told by a young person that he or she intends to pursue ‘higher education’, you...
Updated 19 Aug, 2019 02:06am
The fun is for all to have

The fun is for all to have

WHAT is lifestyle? It can be different for different people and there are a lot of variables in between that govern...
Updated 19 Aug, 2019 02:06am
The dreaded three words

The dreaded three words

DEATH in the extended family, delay in salary, mobile snatching incident, your laptop taken over by ransomware, or...
Published 31 Jan, 2019 07:05am
Visitors from the East

Visitors from the East

IN Pakistan’s recent turbulent history, across the length and breadth of the country, isolation from the rest of...
Published 31 Jan, 2019 07:05am
Hectic, but worth it

Hectic, but worth it

IF you have ever lived in a joint family system in Pakistan, especially in Karachi, you must have been haunted,...
Published 31 Jan, 2019 07:05am
The wonderful life of couple-preneurs

The wonderful life of couple-preneurs

ACCORDING to Forbes, couples who own and run a business together are called couple-preneurs. I am one half of it …...
Published 31 Jan, 2019 07:05am
Shopping convenience

Shopping convenience

THERE were times when one would go to the local market and spend hours selecting whatever one wanted to buy –...
Published 31 Jan, 2019 07:05am
The myth of thumbs and hearts

The myth of thumbs and hearts

I REMEMBER watching a few years ago a documentary which explained a theory saying that humans have anatomically...
Published 31 Jan, 2019 07:05am
Irritatingly elaborate affairs

Irritatingly elaborate affairs

MRS Ahmed was quite happy, and was receiving the guests with a smile and a tinge of pride on her face. Why ...
Published 31 Jan, 2019 07:05am
Tying the knot in style

Tying the knot in style

VIRAT Kohli and Anushka Sharama got married in a close-knit wedding in an Italian suburb far, far away, not only from...
Published 31 Jan, 2019 07:05am
Nostalgia and the ‘90s

Nostalgia and the ‘90s

THE Seaview promenade would be strewn with a reflection of puddles. Driving past them, one would often spot slight...
Published 31 Jan, 2019 07:05am
The grandma expertise

The grandma expertise

EVEN in this age of great scientific advancements, we somewhere somehow use the grandma expertise, especially her...
Published 31 Jan, 2019 07:05am
All adrenalin won’t do

All adrenalin won’t do

GOING on a international vacations takes a lot of planning. Deciding on a destination is just the start. Visas,...
Published 31 Jan, 2019 07:05am
It was More of the same at NAB

It was More of the same at NAB

DURING his first press conference after being appointed the chief of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in ...
Updated 27 Jan, 2019 03:16am
Year of the fog

Year of the fog

The year will be remembered as the year Dar’s growth rates unravelled.
Updated 21 Jan, 2019 11:08pm
In search of a legacy

In search of a legacy

Justice Nisar created headlines not just in courtrooms but by visits all across the country.
Updated 06 Feb, 2019 03:50pm