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That Time Of The Year – Asna Ali

Good news everyone. We have a plan to fix the energy crisis. Once again. In the 12th meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy (CCE), bold measures were announced to tackle the power shortage that is likely to get worse during the summer…

Fools And Their Money – Asna Ali

We don’t have to delve beneath the earth to look for what will rid Pakistan of its money woes. It’s not just minerals we are rich in Chiniot, a sleepy town in central Punjab has gained fame in recent days for being home to mineral deposits…

Stand Up And Be Heard – Asna Ali

Pakistanis across all spheres and social classes suffer from indifference cloaked as helplessness, and victim mentality The difference in tone and audiences of the Urdu and English language press in Pakistan is often commented on. In…

Torturous Questions – Asna Ali

The usefulness of torture as an interrogation technique is once again under scrutiny. After years of investigations and sifting through millions of documents, the US Senate’s Intelligence Committee has produced a report on ‘enhanced…

The Hidden Hand Brigade – Asna Ali

Sometimes, during the course of an otherwise perfectly ordinary day, you are regaled with eccentric opinions expressed in the very gravest of tones. If you are lucky enough (and these days you often are) the conversation will veer off…

A Post Racial World? – Asna Ali

The phrase ‘post racial’, most commonly used in the United States, is meant to describe a society in which discrimination based on race and colour no longer exists – or, at least, is not common. Obama’s two terms as president, the rise of…

Language And The Locals – Asna Ali

A young mother chiding her toddler in English and then rocking her baby to sleep with a lullaby in the same language was a reminder of how we are deliberately erasing our multilingualism. It was not a surprising sight. Concerned parents…

Slash And Burn – Asna Ali

Two days after a Christian couple was beaten and burnt to death over accusations of blasphemy, a police officer in Gujrat murdered a detained man with an axe for the same reason. A stronger than usual reaction has been shown to the…

Skewed Perspective – Asna Ali

Pakistan usually hovers near the bottom of lists compiled to compare countries on various economic and social indicators. The Gender Gap Index prepared by the World Economic Forum is no exception. Pakistan has managed to secure the second…

Gender Trouble – Asna Ali

Strict gender roles in society take away from everyone the right to live independently Female privilege. That is the flip side of the coin when it comes to discussions regarding gender roles and the pressures they place on us. Gender…