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On October 11, the Government of Pakistan took another step to undermine free speech. By placing one of the country’s leading journalists on the Exit Control List (ECL) it exposed its offhand treatment of a constitutional guarantee. A guarantee provided to the press to speak without fear, write without a trembling hand and to inform without sanction.

 

We decide to make the Orange Train, but we cannot provide clean drinking water. We can decide to implicate the military but not the high-profile criminals cum politicians who had looted this country. We could be in the state of isolation internationally. However, that primarily emanates from our decision to keep the country unstable because of poor governance.

 

Imran Khan ready to bowl. Whiff of expectation in the air. Head lunging forward, piercing gaze, body curved in a magnificent arch, like a Tiger on the prowl. Approaches the wicket, launches into a spectacular leap, body taut and air borne.

 

The government finds itself battling on three fronts. Civil-military relations are said to be at their lowest ebb in years, a main opposition party is gearing itself to lay siege to the capital, and inter-provincial tensions over the distribution of federal resources and CPEC projects are escalating.

 
Lt General (retd) Tariq Khan, the man who led the Frontier Corps to victory against the Taliban in the battle of Bajur in 2009, has proposed a three-step formula for successfully tackling the menace of terrorism: 1) Judicial reforms; 2) Depoliticisation of the police force and; 3) Putting the maulvi back into the mosque.  
 
We need to accept the fact that language and culture affect one’s thinking process. In a democratic milieu, people should be free to think and process in whatever language they feel comfortable with. However, taking advantage and forcing an ideology based on language and under the counterpane playing dirty games in order to dismantle the same community is an act of stabbing in the back. Urdu is the national language of Pakistan. We don’t need newspeak. Let’s strengthen oldspeak.  
 

It is obvious that the right to freedom of expression is the most crucial of the four basic freedoms under attack because freedoms of information, assembly and association are means for citizens to record their concerns, voice their aspirations and offer solutions to national problems, including alternatives to official policies.

It is obvious that the right to freedom of expression is the most crucial of the four basic freedoms under attack because freedoms of information, assembly and association are means for citizens to record their concerns, voice their aspirations and offer solutions to national problems, including alternatives to official policies.

 

Bilawal tries to emulate his grandfather in his public speeches without understanding the context of the politics of that period. The world has changed over the past four decades and the party needs to evolve to remain politically relevant.

 

The very rich and very poor have one thing in common — the rich will do anything to protect their wealth and the poor will do anything for a meal. Does terrorism factor in their quest for a meal?

 

There is consistency in the name of change. There’s the rediscovery of an old self that takes so much pride in trying the errant chroniclers. The suppressed predator among the politicians returns — above and beyond the development of all these bridges and underpasses signifying movement and progress. 

 


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