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    Politics And Society In Pakistan

  • The Bhuttos and me: a lifetime of politics and funerals

    The newscaster Khalid Hameed introduced the 11 o’clock bulletin, and announced that Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had had his funeral performed and was already buried...

    Within moments, life was leached out of the crowded Pakistan Chowk, as one by one, the mithai shop closed, the cycle wallah shut his garage, and Taufeeq bhai walked out of his shop in a stupor...

  • Pakistan’s energy mix: power and politics

    On November 28, 2014, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Resources Jam Kamal Khan claimed that there will be a 50 per cent increase in primary energy demand between 2014 and 2030...

    From relying mainly on hydro and oil power, Pakistan has now progressed to harnessing alternative energy to meet the energy shortfall...

  • Criminality and politics in Pakistan

    ONE of the earliest facts to emerge from the horrendous Kasur district child abuse case was the expediency and complicity of local law enforcement in firstly providing protection, and secondly, in attempting a cover-up...

    Organised crime of any variant, including such heinous child abuse and pornography, cannot function without the complicity of state institutions...

  • Pakistan-India series: ‘Cricket and politics cannot be kept apart’

    The prospect of a Pakistan-India series seems highly unlikely under the prevailing tensions between the two countries, but current and former players and officials believe cricket should not suffer because of ‘political game play’...

    Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary, Anurag Thakur, recently said a series between Pakistan and India was not possible until relations between the two countries normalised...

  • The elusive history and politics of Pakistan’s truck art

    Pakistan’s ‘truck art’ is now quite a well-known ‘genre’ around the world...

    For long, it has been an homegrown art-form in South Asia, especially in Pakistan, where the whole idea of decorating trucks (also, lorries and even rickshaws) with complex floral patterns and poetic calligraphy, has evolved in the most radiant and innovative manner...

  • Politics and ‘naya’ Pakistan

    THE conversation between Jehangir Tareen, Pervez Elahi and others leaked over the weekend was more a storm in a teacup than real news...

    Who doesn’t know that Punjab operates with a weak chief minister and multiple power centres? And that the Chaudhries of Gujrat are one power centre, and an important one at that? And given that Tareen was in their party once, it’s no surprise that they would be talking to him about their differences...

  • Politics and ‘naya’ Pakistan

    THE conversation between Jehangir Tareen, Pervez Elahi and others leaked over the weekend was more a storm in a teacup than real news...

    Who doesn’t know that Punjab operates with a weak chief minister and multiple power centres? And that the Chaudhries of Gujrat are one power centre, and an important one at that? And given that Tareen was in their party once, it’s no surprise that they would be talking to him about their differences...

  • SOCIETY: DOCTORS AND FRIENDSHIP

    Chinoy complained and tweeted about it...

    In the case of a doctor allegedly fired from Aga Khan hospital, we’ve judged too quickly“And friend request me,” he responded in disjointed messages...

  • Special and proud: gems that society has yet to recognise

    Though his features were such that allowed his disorder to go unnoticed by many, he had to come a long way in recognizing himself as an integral part of this society...

    “We had to deal with a lot of stigma and discrimination from family members who were not at all supportive,” said Tehmina Azim, Asim’s mother, while speaking to Dawn about his early years after he was tested and diagnosed...

  • Comment: Society and terrorism

    A NEWS item about the questioning of a Muslim family in Lancashire didn’t get proper attention in Pakistan because the news was overshadowed by the chilling Charsaddah massacre...

    He wrote that he was living in a ‘terrorist home’, the teacher reported to the police, who questioned the family, examined the computers, felt satisfied and the matter was closed...

  • Punjab Notes: Mob justice: state and society

    We witness mob justice in an increasing scale all across Punjab in response to the crimes, petty and heinous, whose end we do not see anywhere soon in the foreseeable future...

    We in no way mean the terrorist acts which are of course crimes but altogether of different nature and dimension...

  • Society: Beauty and the beholden

    ’ And why can’t an overweight woman be a model or actress if she is fond of working in showbiz?“What if I am not beautiful?” asks Sumera, a lecturer at a university...

    Sumera isn’t alone; women in Pakistani society are bombarded with what the ideal woman should look like — fair, slim, tall, with long lustrous hair...

  • Chai, Islam and Bollywood: how Pakistani families acculturated to Malay society

    Daily interaction between Pakistani families and their multiracial neighbours contributed to their acculturation to the local culture...

    Within a generation, children born to Pakistani migrants communicated in the local language, ate and cooked local food and practised the customs of the local population while retaining those of their migrant fathers to varying degrees...

  • Civil society activists demand protection for Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum chairman

    A group of civil society representatives appealed to the Sindh government on Monday to take notice of alleged high handedness of a provincial minister's brother who is accused of harassing Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) Chairman Syed Mohammad Ali Shah...

    Speaking at a press conference in Hyderabad, they urged the civil society, media and rights bodies to rise to the occasion to save Shah, whose life they said is at stake in the...

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