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Comment: In the absence of hope, struggle we must

This article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jun 26, 2013. I find it difficult to come up with a truthful answer to the question “How is life in Pakistan these days?” A simple “It’s complicated” does not even begin to describe the complexities of everyday life in this country. Pakistan is a […]

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UNODC country chief offers to help Pakistan fight corruption

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jun 15, 2013. Islamabad – Days before Nawaz Sharif took oath as Pakistan’s new prime minister, he had announced that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government will not tolerate corruption and it will hold the corrupt accountable. If the new federal government […]

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Pakistan turning into a violent, undemocratic society: HRCP

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Apr 5, 2013. Islamabad – Pakistan is dangerously teetering on the brink of becoming a violent, undemocratic society, according to the 2012 annual report of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). The HRCP launched its “State of the Human Rights […]

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World Autism Awareness Day 2013 – Autism: An Unwarranted Stigma

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Apr 2, 2013. Islamabad – The agony and frustration caused by social pressures and ignorance only briefly surface in Sadia’s voice. Most of the time when she speaks, the anger and pain are replaced by a more powerful sentiment: the determination of […]

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Islamabad Christians protest against Joseph Colony massacre

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 11, 2013. Islamabad – Seen from the eyes of Master Rafaqat Masih, life has always been tough for Pakistani Christians. When their houses are not being burned on allegations of blasphemy, they are turned down for jobs because of their religious […]

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Journalists safety and combating impunity in Pakistan

Edited versions of these articles were first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 7 and 8. Islamabad – Over 90 journalists have lost their lives in the line of duty in Pakistan since 2000. In the past five years, 13 journalists on average were killed every year. Just in the space of one week, […]

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Pakistani non-Muslims get low share in federal govt jobs

This article was first published in The Express Tribune on Feb 3, 2013. Islamabad – If the share of a religious minority in employment in the federal government can be taken as a measure of its social status, Pakistan’s non-Muslims are not doing too well. Out of the 449,964 federal government employees, only 2.6 per cent […]

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Family of brother killed in Kohistan Video violence hold protest demonstration

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jan 9, 2013. Islamabad – The family of three Kohistani victims of violence protested in front of the National Press Club in Islamabad on Tuesday, seeking justice for its slain family members. On January 3, 2012, three of Afzal Khan’s brothers were […]

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CDA tells cabinet it is trying eviction alternatives for I-11 Katchi Abadi

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jan 10, 2013. Islamabad – The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to make a forcible eviction operation the “last resort” to remove the 7,995 Katchi Abadi residents from sector I-11. “A big forced operation is not foreseen which will only […]

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I-11 Katchi Abadi residents might get respite from CDA eviction plans

Islamabad – On the face of it, the Capital Development Authority (CDA) seems hell-bent on clearing sector I-11 of illegal settlements, but there remains a faint glimmer of hope that some of the residents might be spared. The CDA had given the residents of the I-11 katchi abadi up until January 5 to vacate the […]

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