Islam and the West: British Royalty’s Inclusiveness

The West and Islam are not two separate entities. Islam has done much to shape Western civilization and given Europe and the world the fabulous example of the era of Convivencia AKBAR AHMED — I was fortunate to be in England during the marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. I watched on television with […]

Editorial: Nawaz Should Ask For The Nation’s Forgiveness For His Past Mistakes

THE latest allegations are unsurprising and have been made by others before, but the bluntness and detail with which they have now been spelled out are remarkable and potentially dangerous. Former prime minister and under-trial PML-N supremo, Nawaz Sharif, has once again set the cat among the pigeons by claiming that his quest to put […]

Violence in Kashmir: Impact on Students and Their Education

SHEHRYAR ALI – Kashmir has been the epicenter of conflict between India and Pakistan since the lines of partition were drawn in 1947. Historically, there have been four wars between the two nations; in 1947-48, 1965, 1971, and in 1999. The most recent of these saw over 30,000 soldiers and civilians being killed. Besides these […]

Can The Neo-Dalit Movement Eradicate Emerging Fascism In India?

The vast poor majority remains oppressed to the emerging fascist forces. They are brutalized by the caste system, the ‘culture of impunity’ and the hydra-headed tortures. I show how the Neo-Dalit Movement needs to emerge and eradicate the age-old problem, following the Mandela model. LENIN RAGHUVANSHI – India is one of the world’s oldest living […]

Need For Local Expertise, Skills Development To Maximize CPEC

HASAAN KHAWAR: Over the last few months, I have been asked one question repeatedly at multiple forums. What kind of skills should Pakistan invest in to prepare its workforce for CPEC-related projects? While I have not come across any detailed research on the subject, although based on available information it is possible to draw some […]

A Letter From An American To 17-Year-Old Pakistani Sabika Sheikh

“…a Pakistani student gunned down at school — by an American terrorist. In America…the lens through which Americans view Pakistan has been inverted…”   Dear Sabika, It’s been several days since the school shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas, where you, a 17-year-old Pakistani exchange student, were among the 10 victims. Since then, […]

Who Could Possibly Be The Caretaker Prime Minister Until Elections 2018 Are Held

IRSHAD SALIM (May 22, 2018) — The 5-year term of the present PML-N government comes to an end on May 31, after which the caretaker set-up will be put in place to hold elections which are expected to be held in the last week of July. The formation of a caretaker setup will be preceded […]

PML-N Manifesto Scorecard: Myth Versus Reality

IRSHAD SALIM (May 19, 2018) — The ruling party PML-N’s election manifesto publicly announced in 2013 for the center and the provinces — mainly Punjab, its electoral stronghold — reveal not a very promising food on the table for the entire nation. Sharifs’ party ruled at the center during the last five years (2013-2018) and […]

VIDEO: This Person Says “WE NEED ONE NARRATIVE” on All Major Issues

IRSHAD SALIM (May 16, 2018) — On May 3rd, I attended the World Freedom Day event organized by Karachi Media Club — its president Mubasher Mir and General Secretary Manzar Naqvi says it’s a media think-tank focused on Karachi as its ground zero and the whole country in its outreach program. However, with outer contours […]

Democracy As A Behavior Rather Than Politics Only

“The one who are more marginalized were presenting themselves more explicitly and the one who were not facing any identity threat were least participating.” MARIAM HASSAN NAQVI — In the midst of woods where two weathers were colliding to conquer the heat of summers, over the coldness of January but at the end winters won […]

Gaza: Avoiding a Greater Blood Bath (NYT Video)

Jason Cone is the executive director of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. JASON CONE — The exit wounds are fist-size. Bone is pulverized into dust. This is the reality for half of the injured patients received in my organization’s clinics since the launch of the Great Return March in Gaza. Over the past month, the […]

Why Political Parties Silence and Defiance in Times of Crisis Eat Away at Their Legitimacy

ARIFA NOOR — MIAN Nawaz Sharif’s recent remarks have created another storm in the country. While the government has now been forced to react, the PML-N remained relatively quiet until the day after they were reported. But this silence is not surprising; parties in Pakistan tend to remain inactive when hit by a crisis. There […]

The Other Side of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

“Pakistan’s territorial sovereignty will surely be at stake if it defaults on its debt payments” MOONIS AHMAR — While speaking at the opening ceremony of the 8th Judicial Conference organized by the Law and Justice Commission of Pakistan in Islamabad, the Chief Justice of Pakistan suggested that, “there must be a consensus among all the […]

How Can a Country of 200 Million People Only Have Four Provinces?

By ADNAN RASOOL — As election season kicks off, once again we are starting to hear the evergreen demand before every election cycle: the creation of new provinces. Before taking a position on this issue, I am going to unpack this debate and allow the readers to make up their minds about what Pakistan needs. […]

The 4.9 Billion-Dollar Gaffe Which Could Have Been Avoided

Talking to Dawn on Tuesday, a spokesman for the SBP said the bank had issued a clarification twice in the past — in 2015 and 2016 — rejecting the World Bank report. Soon after the SBP clarification, NAB issued a brief statement and questioned: “If the World Bank report is not correct, why they have […]

Hindu Nationalists Disruption of Muslim Prayers and Demand for Removal of Jinnah Portrait in Aligarh

May 8, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — In India, where religion pervades every cubic inch of public space, the question of whether Muslims have the right to pray in the open has turned into a contentious debate, stirred up by Hindu nationalist groups and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Across the country, Hindu processions routinely tie up […]

The Six Biggest Challenges Facing Pakistan’s Urban Future

Hina Shaikh and Ijaz Nabi — With an urban population growing three percent per year, Pakistanis are flocking to cities faster than any other country in South Asia. By 2030, more than half of Pakistan’s projected 250 million citizens are expected to live in cities. The main drivers of Pakistan’s urban growth are high birth […]

Two Rallies, Two Cities: PPP, PTI Kick-Start Campaign for Change as Elections 2018 Nears

April 30, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — As of 9:00PM Pakistan Standard Time, over 50,000 people have assembled at PTI’s Minar-e-Pakistan jalsa in Lahore– capital of Punjab province and stronghold of PML-N, the ruling party in the country’s largest province and in the center. At almost the same time, close to similar number of people have thronged […]

Xi, Modi Summit in China Comes to an End With a Postscript: ‘It Takes Two to Tango’

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to undertake a joint India-China economic project in Afghanistan at their first informal summit, reports Indian news agency PTI citing official sources in Wuhan. IRSHAD SALIM (April 28, 2018) — China and India seek predictability and control in their bilateral relationship– both have […]

Khawaja Asif’s Disqualification: Trap of Politicians’ Own Making

LIKE a chain reaction, the dominos appear to be beginning to fall. After the Supreme Court’s judgements disqualifying Nawaz Sharif for life from public office on the basis of Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution, it was clear that others could be netted in the iqama and undeclared foreign earnings trap. To be sure, it is […]