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Artistic expression in Pakistan: Does the audience matter?

The year 2014 saw a surge in artistic and cultural activities. We had a number of literature and art festivals in cities like Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. There was a flurry of cultural events as well, starting with the Sindh Festival and ending with the Karachi Mystic Festival.

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Artistic expression in Pakistan: Does the audience matter?

    The year 2014 saw a surge in artistic and cultural activities. We had a number of literature and art festivals in cities like Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. There was a flurry of cultural events as well, starting with … Continue reading

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Does Article 245 undermine human rights more than it protects human lives?

“You should be thankful to Allah that, this time, the army has been called by the civil government under the relevant provision of the Constitution,” Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui – one of the three members of the International High Court … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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Are madrasa reforms possible in Pakistan?

The first National Internal Security Policy, presented in Parliament earlier this year, points out that “there were problems within some madrasas which have spread extremism.” The policy also states: “A large number of terrorists, either are, or have been students … Continue reading

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Live discussion: Does the National Internal Security Policy offer viable solutions to the problem of militancy?

After eight months of preparation, the first National Internal Security Policy (NISP), aimed at combating extremism, was presented in Parliament about three weeks ago. The policy comes on the heels of on-again, off-again dialogue between the government and the Tehreek-e-Taliban … Continue reading

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