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The proportion of women in Pakistan is around 53 percent; even though they are in the majority they are living very miserable lives. The rural as well as urban woman in Pakistan has so much talent and aptitude but the predicament is that in a male dominated society, women’s abilities have been culled. Their potentials have been degraded.


We don’t know how many we are: 200 million? 180 million? 160 million? Such a basic question remains unanswered. Why? Because successive governments have found one reason or the other to delay the census — the population count which is supposed to be held every 10 years, was last conducted in 1998.


After the new governments of KP and Punjab passed their respective, internationally acclaimed Right to Information (RTI) laws and established their independent information commissions in 2013, it was only natural to expect Sindh and Balochistan, and the federation to replace their restrictive freedom of information laws with more progressive RTI laws.


The recent events surrounding the government’s nearly botched attempt to privatise PIA, and the official narrative weaved to justify the act, raise disturbing questions that are ‘larger’ and more fundamental than the issue of privatisation itself.


PRIOR to the 18th Constitutional Amend­ment, the provinces had been demanding autonomy from a powerful federation that had monopolised legislative, executive and financial powers.


The Obama administration last week notified the US Congress that it would sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan.


As Pakistan denies the growing footprint of the Islamic State (IS) on its soil, its radicalised citizens keep killing “liberals” and members of Muslim sects they don’t like. There’s evidence that Pakistanis are going to Syria “for training”, one angry academic in Islamabad claimed on Geo TV last month that an ex-chief of the ISI, Hamid Gul, recruited for the IS before he died in 2015.


It started off as a whisper, but the campaign of Bernie Sanders to become the nominee of the Democratic Party for US president well and truly took off this week with his defeat of Hilary Clinton in the New Hampshire primaries. That Sanders is challenging the Washington establishment is one thing; that he is doing it while explicitly calling himself a socialist is quite another.


The sky over the Beach Luxury Hotel in Karachi was a cerulean blue, empty, silent. Crows cawed as they scavenged deserted dining tables for scraps of food. White gulls with markings perched immobile in a row, grounded, as grounded and immobile as PIA’s aircraft at Karachi’s Quaid-i-Azam International Airport.

I remember the time when I used to live in a government residence and the house opposite to mine fell vacant on the retirement of the incumbent. He was a thorough gentleman and vacated the house as soon as he could after he retired.  

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