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Electoral patriarchy

IN the 2013 general election, the three main parties (PML-N, PTI, PPP) fielded a combined total of 112 candidates for Lahore’s 38 national and provincial assembly seats. Only five out of these 112 individuals were women and none were initially elected. After the onset of several by-elections, finally one of the 38 legislators from the provincial capital turned out to be a woman — Shazia Mubashir.

Power of hope

Delhi and Islamabad perceive Kashmir’s realities and interests as subservient to their own.

Unnecessary one-upmanship

LESS than eight weeks after Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa was chosen to head the army by the prime minister, and some six weeks after Nawaz Sharif is said to have handpicked Lt-Gen Naveed Mukhtar as the director-general of the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, do civil-military relations appear harmonious?

The Barelvi pushback

In Pakistan, state empowered the seminary by hiring proxy warriors from it. Then, the un-empowered developed their own street muscle, weaponising themselves through the underworld where jihad and crime meet

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In northeast India, water-management practices to deal with climate change

In a small village on the north bank of the Brahmaputra in Assam in northeast India, farmer Horen Nath stood gazing at his partially submerged paddy field. The floods had kept their annual date but mercifully, the farmer said, the waters have started receding. "The weather has become very strange of late. We always had ample rain,

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UAE, Saudi Arabia can help India meet any oil deficit, says UAE envoy

Even as the US-imposed sanctions on Iran has put India’s energy security in jeopardy, United Arab Emirates Ambassador to India Ahmed Albanna has allayed fears of an oil shortage, saying hi...

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