Does Pakistan need to rewrite its Constitution?

Does Pakistan need to rewrite its Constitution?

The Constitution of a country sets a broad framework within which laws, rules and regulations are made that organise the life of the people, at both the collective and the individual levels. Its tone defines how a country views its … Continue reading

Babar Sheikh

Babar Sheikh

However unwaveringly calm he may appear, filmmaker Babar Sheikh speaks passionately about his multitude of interests.

Forum: Do the 2014-15 budgetary targets reflect Pakistan’s economic realities?

Forum: Do the 2014-15 budgetary targets reflect Pakistan’s economic realities?

On June 3, 2014, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar presented the federal budget for 2014-15. Critics, however, were quick to point out that the government’s financial proposals for the coming year were based on figures inflated to present its economic performance in … Continue reading

Revolution or status quo?

Revolution or status quo?

Of all the terms in political science, borrowed from the West and in common usage within Pakistani society and media, ‘revolution’ is the most misused and misrepresented. There is an almost romantic aura attached to its usage in the media and by … Continue reading

The power of lines

The power of lines

If there is one important take-away from Drawing the Line: Rare Maps and Prints, it is that cartography is inextricably linked to power and control. The colonial project in the subcontinent and beyond was facilitated by the drawing of maps … Continue reading

The untold story

The untold story

Writing on the fate of women during the war that resulted in the formation of Bangladesh, Yasmin Saikia states: “In 1971, multiple wars broke out in [former] East Pakistan.” This sensitivity to the complexities of a war – that was … Continue reading