Saadia Gardezi

  • TIn 2007, newspapers and periodicals in Pakistan totalled at 1,280 publications. Out of these 437 were daily papers, 463 weeklies, according to the Pakistan bureau of statistics. By 2016, the total figure fell to 539, with 308 dailies and 72 weeklies across Pakistan.  This change within ten ...

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  • TLast week, Sara Taseer, jewellery designer and daughter of Salmaan Taseer, caused a bit of a ruckus on Twitter. She commented on a picture of women from Panjgur, Balochistan, queuing to vote: “Love seeing this turnout of women #PakistanElections 2018, but then I think would I allow these ...

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  • TSocial media is rife right now with armchair analysis of the election landscape. No opinion is too controversial not to voice, and no opinion is right at this time. An interesting sub-set of the discussion online is the overseas vote. On Wednesday, journalist Sabahat Zakaria tweeted the opinion ...

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  • TWhile we are currently obsessed with the PTI vs PML-N death match, there is another issue related to the upcoming elections that no one is paying attention to. Part of the reason is that what is developing is out of the English-speaking bourgeois space of Twitter and Facebook, and is more a ...

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  • TArticles about women are most often only read by women, and end up preaching to the choir. My aim here is to provide some data on the economy as I talk about women, because everyone stands to gain from this discussion, including men. Gender equality is becoming a major variable in development ...

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  • TThe perception about Muslims in light of the destruction of artefacts in Iraq by ISIS or the Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan is that Islam does not care for culture... Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia- countries where heritage is respectively smashed, smuggled, blown-up and paved ...

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  • TPopular perception about Pakistan is that people vote based on biraderi ties or their votes are bought. Such an explanation overly simplifies the complexity of our election and paints the general voter as an unthinking zombie that does not deserve democratic choice. Surveys and reports since the ...

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  • TPakistan is in a “Middle Income Trap”, as economists like to call it, unable to get to the lower end of the High Income group. A country is categorised as Middle Income, when it has a per capita Gross National Income (GNI) of between $2000-$12,000. We have a long way to go with out per ...

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  • TPakistan International Airlines (PIA), Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) and their kin, are all dead-weights that contribute nothing to the economy but are a major burden on government resources. Knowing this well, no party wants to privatise them. State Owned Enterprises are collectively incurring an ...

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  • TIt is no secret that Pakistan’s nuclear program is viewed with suspicion abroad and that Pakistanis think this is entirely unfair given that India has a similar nuclear posture and is the West’s darling right now. What is important to acknowledge, when India is very close to joining the ...

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  • TThe Pakistani identity is one that is deeply ironic. In the recent past we have tried to disown our noble laureates and celebrate killers and absconders from the law. From the outside, the choices we have made as a nation are unfathomable; that we would spit venom towards Malala who was shot in the ...

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  • TIndia has a long history of postcolonial thought and political action that has been consistently critical of the North Atlantic west. This tradition has only died down with the rise of the BJP in India, where economic expediency is trumping anti-imperialistic action. The Non-Alignment movement ...

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  • T“Social media sites aren’t a threat to national security; hostile foreign powers are. Social media sites are just a communication medium,” said a user on-line echoing what many of us are thinking about the recent kerfuffle over Facebook and its breaches of citizen privacy. So what ...

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  • TIn February this year a Christian man threw himself off the fourth floor of the FIA office in Lahore after reportedly refusing to sexually assault his cousin accused in a blasphemy case who was charged with posting objectionable material on Facebook. Ironic that his blasphemy was so terrible that ...

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  • TThe most discussed news this week on social media is that France has banned the sale and possession of counterfeited and fake luxury products. The general sentiment from Pakistanis on social media is that this a good thing, along will general banter about how women who come to lunch and tea parties ...

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  • TThe cycle has been that the military overthrows the government; installs political parties that support the dictatorship; those parties grow up and destabilise the country and the military overthrows the government again. Though there are fears that this may happen again, as in the past the ...

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  • TAnyone who has travelled to the so-called West will appreciate the love of order and rule of law there – how lovely that everyone queues and waits their turn, and how wondrous that the traffic flows so smoothly. But no one is looking closely at such social structures, inequality and power ...

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  • TThere are more cell phones in the world than there are human beings. If you thought that our environmental problems were at an all time high, our consistent adoption of technology is going to make the whole scenario much worse. We know that electronic scrap components, such as CPUs, contain ...

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  • TLast month, in an oxymoronic move, an Indian BJP Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Vikram Saini suggested that Hindus should have more children, that too at a governmental population control event. He cited his own example saying, “When we had two children, my wife said we did not need a ...

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  • TThere are a lot of misconceptions about food and health in Pakistan, and our knowledge of what is healthy and what is not is based more on what we’ve heard rather than what we’ve read. However, when Google is at the fingertips of practitioners (policymakers and law practitioners) ...

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  • TSupreme Court Justice Asif Saeed Khosa on Wednesday said that nowhere in the Supreme Court judgement that led to Nawaz Sharif’s disqualification do the judges call anyone ‘The Godfather’. And that’s true.  This is what Justice Khosa’s dissenting note said: ...

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  • TIn 1915 a film called “The Birth of a Nation” was huge commercial success and broke technical records with its size and scope. The film was also extremely racist, unintelligent and portrayed the Ku Klux Klan as a heroic force. It led to the  formation of the “second ...

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  • TJournalists in Pakistan are keeping up with global trends and are not far behind their western counterparts in the spreading of alternative facts and fake news. More than a year ago someone from the US asked me at a conference if fake news was as big a problem in Pakistan as it was in the US. I ...

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  • TThis article is about the attack on women in our country. I realise, that many people will switch off here and move to another article. Women go harping on about their issues, and at one point, the not-female specially, has had enough and checks out. That is a worthy state of mind to reach, where ...

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  • TOxford, United Kingdom -  In an emotional and rousing talk on Monday at Worcester College in Oxford, Muhammad Iqbal Khan, father of Mashal Khan spoke about his son and the tragedy he and Pakistan have faced from the reign of mob violence and hate. The Oxford-Pakistan Society hosted Muhammad ...

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  • TWhen Bill Clinton became President of the USA in 1993, he didn’t appoint an ambassador to India for nearly a year, and went about opposing India on a number of fronts. No head of state today would think of treating India like this. Gold and guns are the not the only things that a country ...

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  • TThe Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) was to convene on Wednesday to discuss the meaning and connotation of “Black Friday” sales. They are meeting in good time since Black Friday sales are 11 months away. Either the flurry over buying things at 50% off really bothers the scholars, or ...

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  • TMothers, sisters, daughters, wives- all were safe in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, unlike many other countries where men were dominant and ruthless due to the mere fact of their physical strength. But Pakistan was a “ghairatmand” society, and what is important than respect to the ...

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  • TTo say that we now live in a post-truth culture would mean that at one time we lived in a “truth culture,” which has never really been the case. Post-truth politics is a political culture in which debate is framed by appeals to emotion disconnected from the details of policy, where ...

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  • TIn 1975 the New York Times said about Pakistan that it “has unexpectedly emerged as the most economically buoyant nation on Asian subcontinent following its defeat in the ‘71 war with India. Foreign economists here—Europeans, Americans, those with the World Bank—are ...

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