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Pakistan and India: Meeting in the Middle

Pakistan and India: Meeting in the Middle

Civil society is the starting point for peace and reconciliation between Pakistan and India.  Many films in Pakistan Calling cover troubles in the South Asian country. The films also focus on extraordinary civil society groups doing incredible work to ease — if not eradicate —...

VIDEO: Educating Pakistan – One Child at a Time

VIDEO: Educating Pakistan – One Child at a Time

It is every child's right to get an education. A profile of The Citizen’s Foundation (TCF), a Pakistan education charity with a nationwide presence in 93 towns and cities across Pakistan, with 910 school units teaching over 115,000 underprivileged children. Amina Salahuddin and other TCF...

VIDEO: I Am Agha

VIDEO: I Am Agha

In Pakistan, most children living in poverty will die before their 18th birthday. This film tells the story of a street child (Agha Khan) who collects garbage and works hard to survive. Life goes on, no matter what happens around him. While Agha’s most pressing concern is survival, he also...

VIDEO: Samiulla’s Story

VIDEO: Samiulla’s Story

Amid terror, Pakistani children are having to become family breadwinners. “Do not cry for your father because now it is you who has to be the responsible one.” These were the words spoken to Samiulla at his father’s funeral. In 2009, a bomb blast killed his father. In the blast,...

Pakistan in the Media: Telling the Story

Pakistan in the Media: Telling the Story

British media reflects a relatively negative view of Pakistan. Jon Snow talks candidly to Suzanne Wakefield of the London Metropolitan University about how Pakistan is portrayed and covered in the media, in the context of the many issues, stories and conflicts in the region. He also looks at how...

Pakistan Calling: A New Way of Thinking

Pakistan Calling: A New Way of Thinking

Switching the spotlight: taking a deeper look at Pakistan's underreported issues. Background There is often a lack of range and depth in what is reported about Pakistan. Since the Afghanistan War, the media have remained fixated on covering terrorism and sectarian related events. No doubt,...

Pakistan: An Historical Class Comparison

Pakistan: An Historical Class Comparison

Sharif is best suited to lead Pakistan out of the current situation, but he will have to make a clean break with the legacy of corruption and right-wing appeasement, argues Ishtiaq Ahmed. Nawaz Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) won most votes and seats in the May 11 Pakistan...

Pakistan: Calling a Spade a Spade

Pakistan: Calling a Spade a Spade

In its 66 years of existence, Pakistan has been far from democracy and nowhere near a beacon of Islam. In a recent Fair Observer article, Pakistan: Democracy in a Confessional State, Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmed states: “There is no denying that the erstwhile modernist Pakistani leadership tried to...

Towards a Pakistani Spring

Towards a Pakistani Spring

Bilal Ahmed argues that the discourse surrounding democracy in Pakistan is flawed, and that its liberal republican articulations will come to provoke additional mobilization in future years. It was the end of January. Tahir ul-Qadri's Long March had just ended in Islamabad. There were...

Pakistan: The Task Ahead

Pakistan: The Task Ahead

No state can tolerate a challenge to its monopoly of power from within; in other words, a state within a state is a contradiction in terms of state sovereignty  Hopefully by the time this article is published, Pakistan would, despite the reign of terror let loose by the Taliban on the...

Pakistan Elections: Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Pakistan Elections: Tweedledum and Tweedledee

By Masood Hasan The national election in Pakistan looks like a game of polarisation, but if democracy is meant to provide some relief and prosperity, all political parties have flopped, bottom up. The field is now wide open, and anything can happen — including a hung parliament. Thank God I am...

Pakistan: The F Word in Electoral Politics

Pakistan: The F Word in Electoral Politics

As Pakistanis cast their ballot, Asim Jahangir and Huma Khan pose the question: Can female voters change the outcomes of the country's general elections? Pakistan is due to commence its 10th General Elections to elect the National and Provincial Assemblies. As political parties prepare to lock...

Pakistan: Phantoms of the Past or History in the Making?

Pakistan: Phantoms of the Past or History in the Making?

As Pakistanis head to the polls, the elections could mark the first democratic transition between two elected governments in the country’s history. Background As the general elections 2013 commence, fear is mingled with hope and resilience in Pakistan. The streets of the major cities and...

What Ails India? Not What The Economist Says

What Ails India? Not What The Economist Says

India needs to make structural, ideological and strategic transformations to assume a greater role in the world. Any astute observer of India’s strategy in South Asia would infer that the country is not only passive in its approach, but it also continues to punch below its weight. The sight...

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