Editorial

Pakistan and India – at a dangerous crux

Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed the nation on Tuesday and what he had to say bears careful consideration, because India and Pakistan have arrived once again at a point where there is a threat of outright conflict. The PM called for…

Saudi Arabia – a deepening relationship

Looking beneath the pomp and circumstance of the state visit of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan it is possible to see the potential for considerable benefits for Pakistan and some hoped-for benefits for the Kingdom. The…

The Pulwama attack

Pakistan gains nothing from this attack or indeed from any attack made in Indian Occupied Kashmir. Such attacks advance nothing on either side of the border, or within IOK itself where they are certain to trigger yet another Draconian…

Disinfecting the internet

Since the dawn of the global internet with free public access in the 1990’s, governments have with varying degrees of success attempted to regulate or censor online content.

Biting the IMF bullet

Pakistan needs to borrow a lot of money if it is to find a way out of the appalling mess it inherited from its predecessors. More money than the Chinese or the Saudis or any other financial well-wisher has got or would be willing to loan.…

The government – shot in both feet

It would be churlish not to have a degree of sympathy for the multitude of foetid swamps the government finds itself in. After half a year in power none of the legacy items of previous governments, most of them toxic, have been turned…

Collective failure – the Faizabad judgement

On Wednesday 6th February the Supreme Court delivered a judgment that was a scathing critique of just about every office of state in the way they engaged with the Faizabad sit-in during 2017. Observers and commentators at the time were…

Divorce and women’s empowerment

The relationship between men and women is perhaps the most complex phenomenon of nature. Psychologists and neuroscientists have sought to study and interpret why one sex behaves in a certain way and how the opposite sex reacts to that…

Self-harm and children – hidden terrors

There is a growing awareness in academia of the phenomenon of self-harm, particularly self-harm among children, primarily girls under 18 and some as young as ten. Papers detailing the phenomenon in Pakistan began to appear in 2009, but…

Kashmir the intractable

Once again India has stirred the Kashmir pot – and not in a good way. The Kashmir problem is a legacy of Partiton, the time when Pakistan was created as a state. It has been a constant source of friction and open conflict between India and…