The struggle to protect children

Pakistan has a poor-to-non-existent record when it comes to legislation designed to protect the most vulnerable in society – children. Child Protection in a legislative and practical sense is in its infancy. Where legislation exists it is…

The safety and security of foreign missions

Attacks on foreign missions to Pakistan are rare, with a single instance in 1979 when the American embassy in Islamabad was burned to the ground. Two Americans, two local Pakistani staff and two protesters died. Other than this…

The price of prevarication

The poultry is lining up to roost, the fox can sniff them and not all the chickens are going to make it into the henhouse in time.

How not to communicate

Considering how long it is that the Prime Minister has been in politics, albeit not at the elevated level he is now, he is remarkably maladroit when it comes to communication. Whilst we welcome, indeed applaud, the attempts to speak to the…

Baldia fire lawsuit

A complex case with several actors, extortionists, and accomplices, the Baldia Factory victims to this day, more than six years later, still seek compensation for damage. In the most recent development, four people affected by the 2012…

Caged animals

Little can be expected of municipalities in terms of respecting and looking after the wellbeing of animals in local zoos when the state of human wellbeing is assessed. When it comes to judging the moral and ethical standing of a society…

On reflection – 100 days

Creating a hostage to fortune is never a good idea, and the ‘100 Days’ that was a mantra during the general election that brought the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) to governance is no exception.

Shahid Masood – a litany of dishonesty

The recent arrest of Dr Shahid Masood by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) comes as no surprise. It will be recalled that he was appointed as PTV chairman, and currently stands accused of corruption related to that appointment to the…

Encroachments – a national malaise

From time to time there have been anti-encroachment drives. They invariably fail and the encroachers are back within days or weeks. There is a national mindset of entitlement when it comes to encroachments, as if by some quirk of entropy…