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‘Willingness to face fresh election’

Only an insane “optimist” would expect a national assembly to look ‘normal’, 123 members of which (out of 342) were just not willing to attend its sittings. They had rather posted collective resignations more than a month ago. Before putting his own resignation, Qasim Suri, the former deputy speaker, also held them in order. But the new Speaker,…

Resistance to the Information Act

The bureaucracy of Pakistan remains shrouded in the Government of India, Official Secrets Act 1923. The colonists desired to protect their anti-people activities of loot and plunder of natural resources of their colonies. The colonial masters were not answerable to their subjects. Despite getting our freedom in August 1947, the state of Pakistan…

Treating all refugees equally

In the late ‘70s, hundreds of thousands of South Vietnamese fled their war-ravaged homeland following the end of the Vietnam War. That led to the Refugee Act of 1980, which provided the first statutory basis for asylum and created the Office of Refugee Resettlement. In the 40+ years since, the languages, the skin tones, and the media coverage has…

The Kashmir Files: Myth or reality

It is a fact that ‘The Kashmir Files’ presents a wholly false picture of the situation in Kashmir. The agenda of ‘The Kashmir Files’ is to mislead the public about the realities of the ground situation and also about the Kashmir dispute itself. That is why the Singapore government banned the film and issued a statement on May 9, 2022, that “The…

Past in Perspective

In order to suppress nationalist movements and sentiments, the British government in India passed the Rowlatt Act in 1919 which allowed for the authorities to search and arrest without warrant, give arbitrary punishments and crush any dissenting voice in India. In protest, peaceful protestors gathered at the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar. There, the…

Hunger and political instability

Even before Russia began the massive invasion of Ukraine, 2022 was shaping up to be a year of sky-high food prices, shortages, and widespread starvation in many areas of the globe. Now, Ukraine is experiencing a tremendous humanitarian catastrophe, with the war’s consequences resonating throughout the world. This year, there will likely be…

Indian proxies in Pakistan

India seeks to damage Pakistan as it has not reconciled with the partition of the sub-continent. Therefore, it is busy in hatching conspiracies to destabilise Pakistan through all means available, including its proxies. Besides using terror outfits, India has subjected Pakistan to fifth generation and hybrid warfare as well but for this article, I…

Arguments against arguing

Look around and see if truth is anymore admissible in our daily lives or does it carry any weightage in any serious argument anymore? Examine the ebbs and flows of international affairs or domestic politics and see if truth or logic is even considered as benchmarks for fair play. Most importantly, see if there was any space left for arguing about…

Past in Perspective

“Thats what we need going into the millennium. We need some positive, happy stuff.” –Richard Simmons Catnip is also known as Nepeta cataria and it is a plant that is part of the mint family. It is native to Europe and Asia and is thought to have an active ingredient by the name of nepetalactone. This ingredient is an oil that is thought to…

Lebanon’s last chance?

The Lebanese people go to the polls in a few weeks. Without exaggeration, this election will decide the country’s chances of survival. Lebanon is in an economic tailspin and drastic reforms must be implemented to avoid bankruptcy. The country is also in a state of political collapse, with the vast majority of Lebanese having lost confidence in the…

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