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From Nehruvian principles to Modi

November 2018 marked the process of politicisation of the Kashmir issue when the BJP government under the political approach instructed by the far-right Machiavellian leader Modi, India imposed governor rule by undermining section 53 of J&K’s constitution and hence, dissolving the state’s assembly on the premise of the political divide. Next…

Serving the people

Every political leader makes tall claims about serving the people yet nothing changes on the ground. Growing up in the good times we were taught that performance speaks for itself. It was the age of purity; food was eaten fresh, mostly pure and organic. There was a popular saying, “Desi Ghee is never advertised”. As the first-born free generation…

A scapegoat called Taiwan

As if the trade war between China and the US under the banner of the China containment policy and the prevailing tensions in the South China Sea were not bothersome enough for the world to get apprehensive about a cold war turning into a possible military nightmare. As if the Ukraine war was not worrisome enough for the world that another wargaming…

Past in Perspective

The most important thing is to snack on things that are filled with real food and nourishing ingredients that will leave you feeling energised and happy. –Ella Woodward Throughout human history, the frequency and content of meals has varied. People would consume leftovers or light foods that required little to no prep in the past but after the…

Improving Gun Control

The attack on an off-duty policeman in Karachi over the weekend is indicative of the state’s failure to monopolise the use of violence. The shocking incident saw a police constable in civilian clothes brutally beaten due to a mild disagreement over seating arrangements. The problem here is not that a policeman was attacked; if anything, it shows…

Political Funding

The Free and Fair Election Network’s (Fafen) call to the parliament to make electoral reforms surrounding the issue of uncontrolled and unaccounted-for funding of electoral campaigns needs to be seriously considered by both the upper and lower houses. In the current Elections Act 2017, there is no clear definition of what constitutes electoral…

Condemning India

The third anniversary of the illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir was commemorated by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) through a statement urging the reenactment of Article 370—giving the region its special status—along with respecting and adhering to the human rights charter. As expected, such a show of support irked India which…

Tax on deemed income

The matter regarding deemed income from property is pending before the Lahore High Court. Since this issue is sub-judice, therefore it would be appropriate for the Ministry of Finance to issue instructions to allow tax payers to file their tax returns without paying this tax, which may be collected subsequently if the court rules in favour of…

United Pakistan

Pakistan emerged on the map of the world in 1947. The founder of Pakistan, Mr Muhammad Ali Jinnah, defined the motto of our country which was unity, faith and discipline. It is ironic that it is only written in our books. We have diverted ourselves from following the instruction of our Quaid. The current situation of the country is getting…

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