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Who messed up Afghanistan? By Pervez Hoodbhoy

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IN his latest interview to PBS NewsHour, Prime Minister Khan correctly said the US “really messed it up in Afghanistan” and he also...

What to learn from China? By Pervez Hoodbhoy

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WHEN Prime Minister Imran Khan categorically endorsed China’s line on Uighur Muslims he succumbed to political expediency: “Because of our extreme proximity and relationship...

Cost of enforced modesty By Pervez Hoodbhoy

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IMPLEMENTATION of the PTI’s Single National Curriculum has started in Islamabad’s schools and for students the human body is to become a dark mystery,...

Exempt from accountability? By Pervez Hoodbhoy

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WHEN he struggled from atop his container to become prime minister, Imran Khan promised that all who handle public funds would be held accountable....

Burning sofas in Islamabad By Pervez Hoodbhoy

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A BAD joke or fake news? A report I had just read said Maulana Abdul Aziz (of Lal Masjid fame) had deliberately set fire...

Cheating on online exams By Pervez Hoodbhoy

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COVID-19 has made in-person exam proctoring impossible and so normal safeguards have disappeared. My inbox is full of anguished emails from university students across...

Muslims and technology By Pervez Hoodbhoy

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EXCEPT for some defiant holdouts, most Muslims have come to accept the printing press, loudspeaker, weather forecasts, cameras and television, blood transfusions, organ...

The academic rankings racket By Pervez Hoodbhoy

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OVER half a dozen international “well-reputed” university ranking organisations annually publish their ratings. They tell you which university or department is better than...

Salam’s face blackened By Pervez Hoodbhoy

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WHEN our prime minister lectures Europe about Islamophobia, the world snickers. Forced conversions? Lynching by enraged mobs? Having to curse another religion’s founder...

Arab cultural narcissism By Pervez Hoodbhoy

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PETRO-GIANT countries of the Arab world may not be terribly well known for perspicacious scholarship or prowess in scientific research but their one-upmanship knows...