Hassan Javid

  • TUnarmed protestors aligned with the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM) have been killed at a checkpoint in North Waziristan. Two MNAs belonging to the PTM have been arrested and their whereabouts remain unknown. The president of Pakistan has filed a reference against a Supreme Court judge widely ...

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  • TAccording to recent estimates almost two-thirds of Pakistan’s population is aged under 30. This is a demographic fact that offers tremendous potential but also brings with it great risks and dangers; with the right support and opportunities, Pakistan’s young people could be a valuable ...

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  • TNot too long ago, women who attended the Aurat Marches held around Pakistan were relentlessly attacked for holding placards that offended the delicate sensibilities of many of the country’s men. Apparently, brandishing a sign telling men to make their own food and find their own socks ...

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  • TNot many are familiar with the fact that the word ‘hysteria’ is derived from the Latin ‘hystera’, which means uterus. The etymology of ‘hysteria’ is important because, for the longest time, the word was used almost exclusively to refer to the behaviour of women. ...

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  • TOn Saturday, in the wake of attacks on polio vaccination teams that left one health worker and a policeman dead, the government took the decision to suspend the country’s annual polio vaccination drive ‘indefinitely’. Since 2012, 95 people have been killed in attacks on polio ...

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  • TFor years, there have been rumours suggesting that Imran Khan once wished to become Prime Minister under General Pervez Musharraf. While the dictator reportedly decided not to fulfill this wish given Khan’s limited parliamentary influence at the time (in the early 2000s the PTI barely ...

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  • TAlmost a year into the current government’s tenure it has become clear that the worst fears of the PTI’s critics have come to pass; not only is the government incompetent, it also seems to lack a clear vision of where it would like to go. We have long passed the point where the tragic ...

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  • TEarlier this week, PEMRA reportedly laid down new guidelines for vetting experts asked to comment on defence and security related matters in the media. These guidelines, which were circulating on social media, stated that the term ‘defence analyst’ could only be used for serving and ...

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  • TIn Interior Sindh, two young Hindu girls were abducted, forced to convert to Islam, and ‘married’ off to much older men. Another young girl has similarly disappeared. Three brothers, one of whom claims to be a religious ‘scholar’ teaching at a seminary, raped their own ...

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  • TIn the wake of the terrorist attack on a mosque in Christchurch in which over 50 worshippers were killed by a white supremacist, the world has been united in admiration for the response shown by New Zealanders, their government, and their leaders. Led by Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern, New Zealand ...

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  • TIf it were not clear already, the Christchurch mosque attacks show that right-wing bigotry, fuelled by racism and delusions of white supremacy, is a serious threat to the peace and security of millions around the world. While many are quick to point out the double-standards employed by the media ...

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  • TWith the prospects of nuclear war in South Asia now receding, it is back to predictably depressing business as usual. After a rare show of national unity in the face of an external threat, Pakistan’s government and opposition are once again at each other’s throats, engaging in the empty ...

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  • TIt has been a surreal week. As tensions between India and Pakistan have escalated, it has been necessary to contemplate the frightening possibility that the previously unthinkable prospect of nuclear war between the two countries might just come to pass. The confusion generated by the contradictory ...

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  • TThere is a particular breed of ‘analysts’ in the subcontinent who pride themselves on their supposed ability to think dispassionately about the otherwise emotive issues of war and conflict. Often situating their worldview within a ‘realist’ perspective that sees inter-state ...

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  • TAt 4 AM on Saturday the 9th of February, law enforcement officers in plain clothes raided the home of Dr. Ammar Ali Jan and took him to an undisclosed location. After several hours, Dr. Jan was taken to the Gulberg Police Station in Lahore before finally producing him before a court where he was ...

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  • TFor once, there was good news coming out of Pakistan; after an almost decade-long ordeal which saw her jailed, wrongfully convicted, and vilified, Aasia Bibi was finally completely exonerated by the Supreme Court after it dismissed an appeal against an earlier decision that had cleared her of the ...

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  • TIt looks like it will be an interesting few months for the legal system in Pakistan. The New Year has brought with it two different questions related to the reform and efficacy of the judiciary, and the resolution of these issues will have serious repercussions for Pakistan in the years to come. ...

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  • TOne of the casualties of the hyper-partisan turn taken by contemporary political debate is meaningful and substantive debate of the actual issues being confronted by the people of Pakistan. Online and in the traditional media, what passes for political discourse is little more than superficial ...

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  • TA generation ago, people asked each other where they had been when Neil Armstrong made his giant leap for mankind by stepping on the moon. In years to come, the question will be repeated but with reference to a different event of arguably even greater importance. I refer, of course, to the spat on ...

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  • TWhat a year it has been. 2018 began with three events that, in retrospect, really set the tone for what was to follow. On the first of January, Donald Trump greeted the new year with a tweet that lambasted Pakistan for its alleged treachery, claiming that the $33 billion given to the country by the ...

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  • TThe latest diplomatic kerfuffle involving the Land of the Pure relates to the release of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) latest report on gender disparity around the world in which Pakistan has been ranked second-to-last. The WEF Gender Gap report is not simply a collection of different ...

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  • TIt has been over two years since a narrow majority of the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union and now, as the Brexit saga enters what might be its final chapter before the UK’s formal withdrawal from the EU on 29 March 2019, it is becoming increasingly clear that ...

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  • TAnyone who has ever spent time in a Pakistani archive will tell you one thing: there have rarely, if ever, been any points in the country’s history when it was not passing through a critical juncture. That is the impression one receives when going through old news reports and official ...

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  • TOn the streets of Pakistan, and in its shops and offices, it is not uncommon to find people refusing to engage in the seemingly commonsensical act of standing in line. The constant elbowing and jostling that characterises most attempts to buy goods, enter a building, or receive a service of some ...

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  • TOn Friday night, on the eve of protests and rallies planned for the 25th of November, Khadim Rizi and other leaders and activists of the Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) were taken into ‘protective custody’ after a law enforcement operation launched across the country. At the time of ...

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  • TWe stand on the cusp of a new machine age. If current trends and predictions are anything to go by, the next few decades will see a fundamental transformation of economy and society on a scale not seen since the first industrial revolution as artificial intelligence, autonomous machines, and big ...

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  • TWhatever else might be said about the current PTI government, it cannot be denied that its first few months in office have been wildly entertaining (albeit in morbid, dark kind of way). When the government’s representatives are not fulminating against their predecessors, loudly vowing to ...

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  • TOne of the more interesting, if counter-intuitive, facts about many civil wars and ethnic conflicts is that the number of combatants involved is usually much smaller than is often assumed. In Rwanda and Bosnia, for example, it was not uncommon for small groups of perhaps a few dozen well-armed men ...

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  • TIt is a pattern that has become all too familiar. An utterly innocuous occurrence, one that would pass without any mention whatsoever in virtually any other part of the world, ignites a moral panic of apocalyptic proportions, sending with raging fanatics frothily baying for the blood of those whose ...

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  • TNumbers are thrown about with gleeful abandon; $10 billion is laundered every year, $200 billion is stashed abroad, $180 billion exists to be spent on housing, $30 billion is about to be invested by one company. As the figures fly thick and fast, they are met with the cacophonous applause of the ...

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