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Conservative anxieties – Umair Javed

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AS has become customary, this year’s Women’s Day commemorations, and specifically the Aurat March event, resulted in considerable political and cultural backlash from conservative...

Domestic exploitation – Umair Javed

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ON Jan 30, Lahore police registered a case against a family for the murder of a 12-year-old employed as a domestic worker at...

Informality and state policy – Umair Javed

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SINCE the start of this decade, policy discourse in Pakistan has grown more cognisant of economic activity that takes place outside of the...

Statism in Pakistan – Umair Javed

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MOST journalistic and drawing room analysis of Pakistan’s political parties focuses on two aspects — the self-interest of top political leaders, and the...

Dynasticism and its discontents – Umair Javed

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RECENT events have brought concerns around dynasticism in Pakistan’s electoral politics to the fore once again. In reviewing the issue’s causes and consequences,...

Protecting against the second wave – Umair Javed

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AS Covid-19 cases rise across the country, it seems to be a matter of time before strict public health measures designed to stem...

Violent assertion – Umair Javed

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THE phrase ‘sectarian tensions’ used to describe events over the last few weeks, and trends stretching back a few months, is highly misleading. It...

Political roots of a city – Umair Javed

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CONVERSATIONS in the aftermath of the recent floods continue to focus on two aspects of Karachi’s problems, often in isolation from each other. The...

Contradictory urbanization – Umair Javed

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BY now, the vulnerability of Pakistan’s urban future in its current trajectory is abundantly apparent. Current policy and academic rhetoric appears to have...

Future of devolution politics – Umair Javed

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OVER the past four years, constitutional arrangements pertaining to centre-province relations in Pakistan have come under scrutiny from a growing number of quarters. Academic...