75 YEARS OF PAKISTAN 1947 — 2022

75 YEARS OF PAKISTAN 1947 — 2022

A new optimism is apparent at the shrine of Chanan Pir, located approximately 50 kilometres outside Bahawalpur. The mood at the
Published 14 Aug, 2022 09:32am
The Forever Shining Idea Of Pakistan

The Forever Shining Idea Of Pakistan

Shuja Nawaz asserts that repeated crises have led to a derailing of our constitutional order. Yet, a transformation driven by the
Updated 14 Aug, 2022 11:34am
The Importance Of Being Mr Jinnah

The Importance Of Being Mr Jinnah

In one of the more unforgettable contemporary recollections of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Beverley Nichols in Verdict on India described
Published 14 Aug, 2022 09:22am
The Man Jinnah Called His Right Arm

The Man Jinnah Called His Right Arm

Liaquat Ali Khan, one of the heroes of the Pakistan Movement, was the builder of the nation in its nascent years. ...
Published 14 Aug, 2022 09:04am
The Indian Muslim Dilemma

The Indian Muslim Dilemma

The post-1947 dilemmas present in the minds of India’s Muslims today and ironically wonders as to what Jinnah, Gandhi and Nehru...
Updated 14 Aug, 2022 11:20am
The Perils Of Rejecting History

The Perils Of Rejecting History

Pakistan’s failure to formulate a vision or allocate resources to the writing of history since 1947 will have catastrophic...
Updated 15 Aug, 2022 12:12pm
Caught Between The State And Religion

Caught Between The State And Religion

The state has progressively given way to right-wing obscurantists in a desperate bid to retain control. Makhdoom Ali Khan stresses
Published 14 Aug, 2022 08:53am
A resounding ‘no’ To Theocracy

A resounding ‘no’ To Theocracy

Although Jinnah declared that Pakistan would not be a theocracy, but subsequent govts failed to develop a national narrative.
Updated 14 Aug, 2022 05:22pm
Winning Over The Princely States

Winning Over The Princely States

Yaqoob Khan Bhangash narrates the stories behind the accession, in the months following Independence, of the major Princely States
Updated 16 Aug, 2022 12:12pm
Short-changing Provincial Autonomy

Short-changing Provincial Autonomy

The centralisation of power and the denial of provincial autonomy resulted in the secession of the eastern wing. Despite the...
Published 14 Aug, 2022 08:19am
A Confluence Of Challenges

A Confluence Of Challenges

Maleeha Lodhi calls for governance that goes well beyond power politics. Perhaps the emergence of new power structures and an...
Published 14 Aug, 2022 08:09am
The Facade Of True Representation

The Facade Of True Representation

To move towards a functioning democracy, Pakistan’s power elites will have to acknowledge the primacy of Parliament and respect
Published 14 Aug, 2022 08:05am
The Unbearable Politics Of Stasis

The Unbearable Politics Of Stasis

Dynastic politics and factionalism reflect a worsening dynamic within Pakistani political parties but Dr Shuja Mahesar believes...
Published 14 Aug, 2022 08:02am
Cult Of Charisma

Cult Of Charisma

How Pakistani leaders arise from the crucible of economic change. They may not command an electoral majority but every one of them
Updated 14 Aug, 2022 05:47pm
Chronicle Of A Resilient Democracy

Chronicle Of A Resilient Democracy

Pakistan’s history has been marked by cycles of dictatorship followed by limited democracy. The people have indicated time...
Published 14 Aug, 2022 07:52am
An Unequal Balance Of Power

An Unequal Balance Of Power

Jinnah stressed the need for civilian supremacy and instructed the military to stay true to the constitution and the government.
Updated 08 Sep, 2022 10:34am
Security State And Its Dilemmas

Security State And Its Dilemmas

It is to be hoped that there will never be a repeat of such operations as Gibraltar, Chengiz Khan, Fair Play and others.
Updated 09 Sep, 2022 10:59am
What Went Wrong In 1971?

What Went Wrong In 1971?

Shuja Nawaz traces the events and the missteps that led to the breakup of United Pakistan. Could the loss of Pakistan’s eastern...
Updated 14 Aug, 2022 10:58am
A Misrepresented Tragedy

A Misrepresented Tragedy

Five decades on, Javed Jabbar highlights reasons why the loss of East Pakistan in 1971 is still a subject of considerable debate.
Published 14 Aug, 2022 07:24am
Stealth, Conviction And The Bomb

Stealth, Conviction And The Bomb

Just how did Pakistan, a country with so few resources and a dysfunctional state apparatus, manage to bypass Western intelligence
Published 14 Aug, 2022 07:21am
THE SLOW DEATH OF CRITICAL THINKING

THE SLOW DEATH OF CRITICAL THINKING

Despite a rapid increase in the number of universities, the quality of Pakistan’s intellectual output has largely remained dismal
Published 14 Aug, 2022 07:12am
AN ABJECT CONFUSION IN SLOGANEERING

AN ABJECT CONFUSION IN SLOGANEERING

The All-India Muslim League, while electioneering in Muslim-majority areas, promised that religion would play a central role in
Published 14 Aug, 2022 07:12am
WHY HAVE THE WORKERS FAILED TO UNITE?

WHY HAVE THE WORKERS FAILED TO UNITE?

Pakistan’s trade unions remain relevant to our future, especially as times get tougher. But their failure to unite reflects poorly
Published 14 Aug, 2022 07:12am

THE UNSTOPPABLE RISE OF TROLL FARMS

Our political parties love to champion free speech as long as they are in the opposition. When in power, however, each of the...
Published 14 Aug, 2022 07:12am
WHO IS AFRAID OF Independent MEDIA?

WHO IS AFRAID OF Independent MEDIA?

Freedom of the press has been consistently violated by both military and civilian-led governments, making a free press today a
Published 14 Aug, 2022 07:12am
FOUNDING MOTHERS TO AURAT MARCH

FOUNDING MOTHERS TO AURAT MARCH

The struggle for equality in the battle for women’s rights persists today against entrenched mindsets. From the violent street...
Published 14 Aug, 2022 07:12am

ACTIVISM UNDER FIRE

Civil society organisations have raised their voices in favour of minorities, women, workers, and the protection of community...
Published 14 Aug, 2022 07:12am
A PERSPECTIVE ON PAKISTANI ARCHITECTURE

A PERSPECTIVE ON PAKISTANI ARCHITECTURE

Pakistan’s built spaces have transformed over the years to better reflect the aspirations of its upwardly-mobile social classes.
Published 14 Aug, 2022 07:12am
A ROBUST CULTURAL MOSAIC

A ROBUST CULTURAL MOSAIC

An assortment of cultural interventions by the state, the flag-bearers of religion, and modernist forces have enabled Pakistani...
Published 14 Aug, 2022 07:12am
OUR EXTRAORDINARY MUSIC MAKERS

OUR EXTRAORDINARY MUSIC MAKERS

ARSHAD MAHMOOD discusses the evolution of Pakistani music over seven decades and how, following the migration of classical...
Published 14 Aug, 2022 07:12am
Stellar successes and broken dreams

Stellar successes and broken dreams

Censorship, bans and limited support continue to rob filmmakers of the opportunity to truly realise their potential.
Updated 14 Aug, 2022 06:18pm

MAINTAINING THE LITERARY MOMENTUM

A proliferation of genres has overtaken Pakistan’s English-language literature. ANUM SHAHARYAR explores its progress and concludes
Published 14 Aug, 2022 07:12am
A ROLLERCOASTER RIDE FOR TEAM PAKISTAN

A ROLLERCOASTER RIDE FOR TEAM PAKISTAN

The overall decline in sport in Pakistan has been as rapid and spectacular as success had once been, laments former national...
Published 14 Aug, 2022 07:12am

A FAILURE TO SECURE INCLUSIVE GROWTH

The benefits of Pakistan’s economic growth have accrued mainly to powerful elites patronised by the state, preventing any broad
Published 14 Aug, 2022 07:12am
AMBIGUITIES IN POPULATION CONTROL

AMBIGUITIES IN POPULATION CONTROL

After witnessing one of history’s largest migrations, Pakistan’s population grew from 30m in 1951 to 220m in 2022. A lack of...
Published 14 Aug, 2022 07:12am
NO PROSPECTS WITHOUT HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

NO PROSPECTS WITHOUT HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

Will the economy grow in the absence of adequate allocations for health and education? Should we allow the ruling elite to indulge
Published 14 Aug, 2022 07:12am
Remodelling The Red-tape Brigade

Remodelling The Red-tape Brigade

Transforming an antiquated and complacent bureaucracy into a force capable of excellence in service delivery will not be an easy
Published 14 Aug, 2022 07:12am
Our Cities Unfit To Absorb Migrants

Our Cities Unfit To Absorb Migrants

Dr Navaid Hamid argues that although Pakistan’s urban population has spiralled, governments have failed to address the civic...
Published 14 Aug, 2022 07:12am
High Time To Live In The Modern World

High Time To Live In The Modern World

A once thriving industrial sector was thrown off track by Bhutto’s nationalisation policies. Dr Ishrat Hussain asserts that only
Published 14 Aug, 2022 07:12am
A Silver Lining In Key Indicators?

A Silver Lining In Key Indicators?

Dr Hafeez Pasha believes that Pakistan witnessed strong economic growth earlier but failed to address the larger question of...
Published 14 Aug, 2022 07:12am
Trapped In A Jihadist Quicksand

Trapped In A Jihadist Quicksand

Born on the battlefields of Afghanistan during the Soviet jihad, Zahid Hussain explains how the modern Pakistani militant, once...
Published 14 Aug, 2022 07:12am
Conjoined In A Troubled Region

Conjoined In A Troubled Region

Pak-Afghan ties were frosty in 1947, hostile during the pendency of the Afghan-sponsored Pashtunistan project, and complicated
Published 14 Aug, 2022 07:12am
A Tale Of Bad Blood And Baby Steps

A Tale Of Bad Blood And Baby Steps

Pakistan and India have had a toxic relationship since Partition. Is there hope for a rapprochement between the two bitter rivals
Published 14 Aug, 2022 07:12am
Between Ambition And Constraints

Between Ambition And Constraints

Pakistan’s foreign policy has been underpinned by security concerns rooted in its own traumas. It is largely independent...
Updated 18 Aug, 2022 09:37am

1940 had a global context

Cataclysmic events as well as multiple and diverse factors on a global scale shaped the world in which the struggle for Pakistan.
Published 23 Mar, 2022 10:43pm
Changing, evolving perceptions

Changing, evolving perceptions

Even those who opposed the idea of attaining independence later became its biggest supporters which underlines...
Updated 26 Mar, 2022 11:02am

Beyond paying lip service

Those who have wielded power in the country over the years have often overlooked the requirements of an Islamic state.
Published 23 Mar, 2022 10:43pm

Brush strokes of history

Fertile imagination has prevailed on both sides of the divide when it comes to dealing with matters related to partition.
Published 23 Mar, 2022 10:42pm
An ‘extremist’ par excellence

An ‘extremist’ par excellence

Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah had a progressive, visionary streak of extremism rooted in non-violence, civility and respect...
Published 26 Dec, 2021 04:26am
Leadership, acumen and struggle

Leadership, acumen and struggle

Luckily for the Muslims of the subcontinent, the Indian National Congress did not have a Jinnah in its ranks. As has been famously
Published 26 Dec, 2021 04:20am
A portrait the Quaid may not much like

A portrait the Quaid may not much like

Jinnah’s appeal is so universal that everyone claims to own him, and, on the basis of this ‘ownership’, insists on interpreting...
Published 26 Dec, 2021 03:58am
The man who ‘shaped events’

The man who ‘shaped events’

In dealing with his political adversaries, Jinnah used one of his major weapons with precision — logic.
Published 26 Dec, 2021 03:54am
The ultimate leadership material

The ultimate leadership material

Those striving to make it big in the corporate sector would do well to at least try to follow the success template that the...
Published 26 Dec, 2021 03:49am

Independence and Inter-Dependence

Instead of focussing disproportionately on the bad, there is a need to use Independence Day as illumination for the good
Published 15 Aug, 2021 02:16am

The dream of parliamentary sovereignty

The Independence Day is an occasion for introspection, and to look back with the intention of charting a better course for the
Published 15 Aug, 2021 02:14am

Idea of absolute independence

The demands of statecraft mean nation-states, including the superpowers, generally enjoy only relative independence; not absolute.
Published 15 Aug, 2021 02:13am

Treasures of Pakistan

Counted among the youngest countries in the world, Pakistan produces diversified talent catering to the global demand of
Published 15 Aug, 2021 02:13am

Setting sail at sunset

Pakistan started its journey when the British Empire was already on a slide and India was able to flex its economic muscles freely
Published 15 Aug, 2021 02:07am

A grand dialogue?

IN just two sentences, the Quaid-i-Azam defined the role of the armed forces and determined the texture of civil-military
Published 15 Aug, 2021 01:52am

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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