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 […]

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, […]

The curious cases of MQM in London

Altaf Hussain

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 […]

Naila Rind’s mysterious ‘suicide’


An ambassador of the future, a brilliant student of the University of Sindh Jamshoro, Naila Rind, who was in her twenties and about to earn Master’s degree in Sindhi, died as 2017 began. Her death took place at the undergraduate hostel on the first eve of the new year when she is said to have […]

How to deal with the liberal fascists: A Guide


We have done it folks. We have finally found the root of all evil in the world, nay, the Universe, and in particular Pakistan. Not only that, we also totally agree on what this mother-of-all-problems afflicting our homeland is: liberal fascists. Yes folks, liberal fascists are responsible for our social, economic, moral, ethical, civilizational, agricultural, […]

Putting PIA back on track


Once upon a time, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the nation’s flag carrier was among the world’s premier carriers. The green flag was painted on every plane as a symbol of statehood. With the highest levels of safety standards, service quality and punctuality, it was really a ‘Great people to fly with’ airline. Originally founded as […]

The Chabahar troika

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The India-Iran-Afghanistan troika will compete with CPEC

Pakistan Railways: The giant meant to serve the masses


The railways are the cheapest means of transportation for covering long distances. It is so mesmerizing that poems about trains have been included in nursery rhymes and stories have been based on train journeys. Trains stand in as a metaphor for life and expeditions. But now the world of railways seems to have become a […]

BK Jani: the best halal joint in NYC


Living abroad if any Pakistani is doing extraordinarily well, regardless of their field, they attract the attention of others also settled abroad who relate to and identify with Pakistan. All the usual questions are asked. Who? What? Where? Why? How? I’ll share my recent experience of visiting a small Pakistani (Lahori) barbecue spot in New […]

The Imrandan: Political Pawns from a Container


For the past three and a half years, an overwhelming number of my peers condescendingly criticised the Pakistani working class for voting in their interest against an authoritarian, disrespectful, know-all, holier-than-thou, cricketer-turned political deity. To them, the choice was clear between a corrupt political elite who loots the public coffers and a political outsider who […]


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