Marriage or Punishment?

  Marriage is an intimate union and socially or ritually recognized partnership between men and women. It is an institution in which sexual and interpersonal relationships are acknowledged, and a legal contract is recognized by the state, religious authorities, tribal groups and the local community. Marriage is valuable in itself, but its inherent orientation to the bearing and rearing of children contributes to its distinctive structure, including norms of monogamy and fidelity.  The... Read More

Formalising the panchayat and jirga

The National Assembly passed on Friday (February 4, 2017) an Alternate Dispute Resolution Bill that aims at legalising the ancient panchayat and jirga systems of the subcontinent. Immediately, there was backlash from certain quarters against the resolution. With just 23 members out of the total 342 present in the house when the bill was presented, it is absolutely right to point out the lack of quorum. However, lashing out at the bill itself without reading its contents or without... Read More

The curious cases of MQM in London

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. This is probably the most appropriate description of how 2016 ended for Altaf Hussain and the MQM. It brought greatest relief as the investigation in the money laundering case was stopped in the UK. On the other hand, his infamous speech in August literally sounded the death knell for the MQM as we know it. With this background what can the Interior Ministry of Pakistan do now to overcome the shortcomings of the past years and... Read More


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