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A ban on good sense – Umair Javed

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THE recently passed Punjab Tahaffuz-i-Bunyaad-i-Islam Act provides sufficient cause for concern to anyone invested in the intellectual and cultural climate of this country. There...

Unmet aspirations – Umair Javed

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THE rapid pace of urbanisation in Pakistan is both a catalyst and a reflection of deep-seated change in society and the economy. Large-scale movement...

Urban welfare in Pakistan- Umair Javed

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CONVERSATIONS around the coronavirus response have talked about the need for localised interventions, especially given the constraints and socioeconomic trade-offs faced by urban areas...

Welfare considerations – Umair Javed

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NEARLY a month into the pandemic, there is little indication that the worst is behind us. Ominously, a host of projections suggest an exponential...

Two glaring deficits – Umair Javed

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AS the experience of a number of states across the world demonstrates, dealing with a new pandemic is just shy of an impossible task....

Keyboard warriors – Umair Javed

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FIRST, a disclaimer: the premise for this piece is narrow, but it speaks to a larger problem within Pakistani public life. The number of...

Vocation and education – Umair Javed

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THERE are 196 chartered general-purpose universities in Pakistan. Most of these universities offer courses in the humanities and social sciences (HSS), including history, philosophy,...

Diarchy revisited – Umair Javed

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IN the midst of much hand-wringing over the uber-efficient passing of recent amendments to the armed forces acts, a few key points have come...

Work and exploitation – Umair Javed

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FORCED by a precarious external finance situation, the current government’s development focus has shifted wholesale from employment generation towards considerations of macroeconomic stabilisation. This...

Structural transformations – Umair Javed

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EARLIER this year, the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) published the 2018 edition of its semi-frequent Pakistan Employment Trends report. The report draws data...