Transgender campaigns for acceptance in Pakistan election

Pakistani transgender Nadeem Kashish knows that she will not win a seat in the July 25 general elections but is still standing as a candidate and believes that she has already won by fighting for the acceptance of her community that lives on the margins of society in the country.

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The tales of politics and science

We know that few efforts are underway in Pakistan in promoting scientific research and entrepreneurship but we can’t find the commitment from the top political echelons. Our situation is somewhat closer to the dark age of Europe about which Peter Frankopan has written in his book, The Silk Roads; “when the Muslim world took delight in innovation, progress and new ideas… St Augustine had been positively hostile to the concept of investigation and research. ‘Men want to know for the sake of knowing’… curiosity in his words, was nothing more than a disease”.

Shall we tell the governor?

And yet that too may be a result of our history — when the governor’s influence could change the country whole. In a past life, when there were no chief ministers, and Ishrat-ul-Ebad had yet to start studying at Dow Medical College, a 32-year-old found himself in the Punjab cabinet.

Fragile rule of law

The regulatory bodies of the judiciary (ie Supreme Judicial Council) need to play an effective role in ensuring the rule of law through an efficient judicial system. At the same time, the government must provide adequate resources to the judiciary for improving the civil and criminal justice system. The executive branch of the government and civil society should support the judiciary in upholding the universal principles mentioned in the beginning.

Institutions and development

Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential elections has momentarily shifted attention away from a case of fundamental import being heard in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

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