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Ideological weapons convention?(Dawn)

Babar Sattar THE 21st Constitutional Amendment will remain testament to the fact that our power elite is visionless and puny, unable to distinguish between courage and folly, incapable of realising that good optics can’t cure deep-rooted problems caused by bad … Continue reading

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Mosque versus state(DAWN)

Pervez Hoodbhoy THE mosque in Pakistan is now no longer just a religious institution. Instead it has morphed into a deeply political one that seeks to radically transform culture and society. Actively assisted by the state in this mission in … Continue reading

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In the line of fire(DAWN)

Andrew Heslop THEY are alarming statistics: 61 dead; 70 dead; 74 dead; 47 dead; 44 dead; 74 dead. These figures represent the number of journalists who have died each year from 2009 through 2014. More than 1,100 have been killed … Continue reading

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Democracy vs authoritarianism vs terrorism(Dawn)

Farrukh Khan Pitafi It was supposed to be all about terrorism, but somehow it seems more and more about democracy, constitutionalism and their nemesis – authoritarianism. And in a country with a disturbing history of failed spells of democratic rule … Continue reading

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Would we hang a 14-year-old ‘terrorist’?(DAWN)

To forget the pain of deaths past, we must do some killing of our own. Executions are set to guide the plot of Pakistan’s latest episode of the War on Terror. Every day brings news of the numbers, 8,000 awaiting … Continue reading

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Curbs on Politicians(Dawn)

BEFORE, during and after the votes in favour of the 21st Amendment to the Constitution were cast on Tuesday, several parliamentarians openly struggled with their need to abide by the decision of their party chiefs to support the amendment. But … Continue reading

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Disservice to democracy(DAWN)

OME objected but then either abstained or voted in favour anyway; others tried to defend the law; fewer still tried to justify their vote the sombre mood in parliament yesterday, and on Monday too, suggests that politicians were at least … Continue reading

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