Editorials

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…

Potential Return

Reports are emerging that the PML-N government is considering relevant legislation to facilitate the return of the party’s supreme leader Mr. Nawaz Sharif. The return of Mr. Sharif has been the subject of speculation for a long time now, and while there have been reports of his imminent return on a number of times in the recent past, it appears…

EU Takes Notice

The international community is finally taking notice of the deteriorating situation in IIOJK as 14 members of the EU have sought a greater role of the European Commission to actively encourage India and Pakistan to move towards the normalisation of diplomatic relations and the resumption of formal bilateral talks. However, as a prerequisite, it is…

Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games of 2022 have been a source of great pride for Pakistan as athletes—primarily wrestlers—bagged seven medals in total. Mohammad Sharif Tahir and Ali Asad were the latest in a line of a handful of others who secured the silver and bronze medals after defeating India’s Naveen Naveen and New Zealand’s Suraj Singh respectively.…

Violence in Palestine

Escalation of violence has sadly become a familiar cycle in the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Hardly a year passes by without violence in the region–the Israel army provokes, Gaza responds with a few rockets, and Israel responds with fire in the name of countering terrorism. It is a tragic sequence of events which results in destruction and death…

Covid-19 Neglected

With 673 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, it seems as though Covid-19 is thriving under the radar. Meanwhile, authorities and unsuspecting citizens are far too consumed by the political developments in the country to register the need to take preventative steps that will prevent another wave from devastating the country once again. The risk…

Import Restrictions

Concerned about the economic performance of the country, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail announced that the policy of limiting imports will be extended for the next three months. This is bound to reduce the import bill which is especially important considering that our exports have declined by as much as 24 percent. While it is normal for developing…

Youm-e-Istehsal

On August 5, 2019, the Government of India, in one of the most illegal and fascist actions taken by a government in recent history, revoked the special status and autonomy that was granted by its own constitution to Jammu and Kashmir. When it committed this action, it also imposed several totalitarian restrictions, including cutting off…

Managing Floods

Pakistan received 181 percent above average rainfall during the monsoon season this year, breaking the record of 62 years. With Balochistan experiencing 450 percent more rainfall than usual, it seems to be the most affected province. About 170 people have died, hundreds more are waiting to be rescued and thousands have been displaced as a result.…

New Punjab Cabinet

After a lot of political chaos and uncertainty, it appears that some semblance of normalcy will be returning soon to Punjab as it is being reported that PTI chairman Imran Khan and Chief Minister Parvez Elahi have shortlisted 21 lawmakers to be taken in the first round of the Punjab cabinet. According to reports, the major ministries have been…

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