Elderly and minors to be kept away from sit ins: IHC

Justice Athar Minallah of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday directed the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) to keep the elderly people and minors away from the hazardous environment of sit-ins and also observed that prima facie the permission granted to the protesters to protest in the Red Zone was unlawful.

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What future holds for PPP after Bilawal’s apology

PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s message to party workers and followers is reminiscent of the sentiments of a general who is striving to keep his troops together for the next battle.

In an open letter, he has apologised to those who may have reason to part ways with the PPP and has asked the disillusioned . . . → Read More: What future holds for PPP after Bilawal’s apology

The decline of Karachi

Clustered diversity

Karachi confuses people – sometimes even those who live in it.

The capital of Pakistan’s Sindh province, it is the country’s largest city – a colossal, ever-expanding metropolis with a population of about 20 million (and growing).

It is also the country’s most ethnically diverse city. But over the last three decades . . . → Read More: The decline of Karachi

AJK parliament calls upon India to open LoC to facilitate rescue efforts in flood affected areas

Pakistan-controlled Kashmir’s parliament on Monday called upon India to open the de facto border separating the two sides of the disputed territory to allow rescue officials to reach residents hit by devastating floods (on the other side).

Monsoon-induced flooding has wreaked havoc on both sides of the Himalayan region, which is divided between the two . . . → Read More: AJK parliament calls upon India to open LoC to facilitate rescue efforts in flood affected areas

Kashmiri lessons from Scottish referendum

(By Andrew Whitehead) Several thousand Kashmiris will be voting in a historic and much awaited referendum, this week.

That vote will determine whether a region with a distinct identity can successfully secede from a much larger nation.

Their ballots will be cast, however, in Glasgow – not in Srinagar or Jammu.

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Pakistan’s intelligent fools

The two in Islamabad

Albert Einstein was not only a scientist (physicist) but an intellectual and philosopher of considerable merit. One of his famous quotes is: “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s intelligent fools

How to actually bring a revolution

The fundamental differences between revolutions and protests

Whether PTI and PAT were or would be able to accomplish their mission of revolution shall continue to be debated for a longtime. An analysis of the rhetoric employed by the leaders of these two outfits, however, continues to baffle even their staunch past supporters. Starting from the . . . → Read More: How to actually bring a revolution

“Please vacate our schools”, students protest in Islamabad

Dozens of students, some in uniform, and parents gathered in front of Islamabad Model College for Girls F-10/2 demanding opening of their schools. Thousands of policemen from the provinces brought in by the government to control protesters have been living in around twenty-seven schools and colleges for the past one month. “Please vacate our schools,” . . . → Read More: “Please vacate our schools”, students protest in Islamabad

More democracy, less dictatorship

ALMOST like clockwork, the ‘fake democracy’ crowd is back. Those claiming that the era of dictatorships and coup-mongering was over utterly failed to take into account the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of the well-heeled and the well-fed of this country.

Apart from the usual Twitter warriors and Facebook philosophers, a group of supremely talentless yuppies . . . → Read More: More democracy, less dictatorship

Jinnah’s vision for Pakistan and more

(By Dr. TT Sreekumar) Jinnah’s image as an adamant fighter for a separate Muslim Homeland and hence as someone responsible for the division of India is often reinforced by Pakistan’s own constructions of his persona as father of the nation. An unkind fashioning of his politics as inherently sectarian obliterates the nuances of the strategic political . . . → Read More: Jinnah’s vision for Pakistan and more