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Who will the judge judges?

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Fancy Latin for “Who will guard the guards themselves?” The Romans were onto something when they thought up the question, so much so that 20 centuries later, there is still no easy answer. And half the

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Why is the media giving the Taliban excessive coverage?

The media’s relationship with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) may well be as unhealthy as Pakistan’s reluctant partnership with the United States. And like any stronger power bearing down on a weaker, disunited one, this month the TTP turned on the …

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Is the Nato blockade helping or hurting Pakistan?

It all erupted in early November, when Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan vowed to block North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) supply routes to Afghanistan in a bid to end US drone strikes in the country. Prompted by the drone …

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Why did the missing persons march receive scant media attention?

It was an image that ought to have stilled hearts nationwide: A small group of individuals making the 756-kilometre journey from the press club in Quetta to the press club in Karachi on foot over 26 days, holding placards and …

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Are we asking the right questions about drones?

According to The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ), a London-based not-for-profit research organisation that has been tracking drone strikes in Pakistan for the past two years, there have been approximately 376 strikes on Pakistani territory since 2004, of which 325 …

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Is the Ahmadi community just as persecuted in other Muslim-majority countries?

On September 7, which marked the 39th anniversary of the passage of the Second Amendment to the 1973 Constitution that declared Ahmadis non-Muslims in Pakistan, a number of commemorative conferences were held by a conglomerate of anti-Ahmadi groups. The gatherings …

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Have provincial quotas been effective in Pakistan?

Last month, the hallowed halls of the Senate – a veritable bastion of civility compared to its more rambunctious lower house – witnessed a brawl between two of its senior members and a subsequent walkout by the opposition. A question …

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Is privatisation the solution to Pakistan’s financial problems?

Can privatisation of state-owned corporations make them profit-generating enterprises?

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