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Some-writers-argue-that-informal-innovators-had-a-significant-role-to-play-in-the-rapid-advances-of-the-Industrial-Revolution-in-the-19th-century An open letter to Dr. Parvez Hoodbhoy, by Sheikh Fayaz Dear Dr. Parvez Hoodbhoy, I hope that this humble piece of writing finds you in good spirits. It is indeed a matter of enormous gratification for me to address this piece to an eminent writer like you. You have made unparalleled contributions to a wide... Read More

Torrents of destruction

Existing large earth-filled dams, such as Tarbela, are severely affected by silting (1) Muhammad Arfan Choudhary reminds us of the urgent need to invest in better water management on the Indus basin, notwithstanding bitter political disputes. After a series of articles by Chairman WAPDA Zafar Mahmood on the Kalabagh Dam issue, a debate was initiated among various circles in society. PPP’s MNA Nafeesa Shah tried to assail the Chairman WAPDA for writing... Read More

Bigotry against Afghan refugees is unjustified

Pakistan often suffers from the inability of the political elite to rationally process complex national problems, and rely on rhetoric and misleading/emotive public sentiment to drive a particular agenda. Recently, this has been particularly true of the Afghan refugee/migrant issue, which has existed in one form or another for nearly four decades. At present, following high profile attacks blamed on cross-border terrorism from the Afghan side, and... Read More

Questions: Living in the age of Naya Pakistan

Imran Khan does not need to win the national elections in 2018 to launch Naya Pakistan; we are already living in it. The old Pakistan where there was some space for art, culture, poetry and music has been on a death-bed for too long. In old Pakistan, there used to bemushairas, some display of civility on PTV, some semblance of pluralistic cultural values. All of it has perished. What is interesting is to ask who benefits from the disappearance of... Read More

Finding Peace in Istanbul

The global cancer that is terrorism hit Istanbul airport – days ago – scores of people killed and hundreds injured in the month of Ramadan – an Islamic month of mercy and compassion towards others, especially the wayfarers and travellers. Since the beginning of the 21st century there has been a nine fold increase in the number of deaths from terrorism.[1] As a backdrop, todays world problems including growing violent extremism and each country... Read More

Life after Edhi

Not even the horrid APS attacks could unite Pakistan in grief, as has the death of its silent sentinel, the selflessly sacrificing, ever-vigilant Abdul Sattar Edhi. While our politicians build motorways, stage sit-ins, and conduct silly stunts to garner public support, Edhi went about his work quietly, gracefully, never looking for recognition, or fame, or reverence. He is famously quoted to have said that whenever he was criticized, instead of arguing... Read More

Finding Peace in Istanbul

The global cancer that is terrorism has hit Istanbul airport this time – days ago – scores of people killed and hundreds injured in the month of Ramadan – an Islamic month of mercy and compassion towards others, especially the wayfarers and travellers. Since the beginning of the 21st century there has been a nine fold increase in the number of deaths from terrorism.[1] As a backdrop, todays world problems including growing violent extremism... Read More

Impact of GM Foods on Pakistan’s Food Security

GM foods (also known as GMOs) undergo gene modification through a complex, scientific process known as genetic engineering, which is responsible for altering the nutritional content of organic food items through high tech technology. Scientists have not only managed to modify organisms and food items, but have come up with a mechanism to produce vaccines and drugs. A number of selected traits are either added or removed from one organism to another.... Read More

A Girl in the Fire: the price of being a women in Pakistan

After the sweeping success of A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, an Oscar-winning documentary produced by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, acknowledged globally in 2015, perhaps it is now time to make another documentary that can be presented for an Oscar award, titled A Girl in the Fire: the price of being a woman in Pakistan. Sharmeen is privileged to be the first Pakistani to earn an Oscar back in 2012 on producing Saving Face, a documentary... Read More

A crashing tale of the EU Referendum

Hours before the polling stations opened at 7am on Thursday, there was a violent storm in London that slowly circled its way over to the centre of the city. At one point the thunder ripped straight down the lightning in central London, echoing and booming around the buildings. Not an omen, just weather systems crashing into one another, a meeting of muggy, humid air with cooler air higher up. That there really was something wrong became apparent... Read More

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