Kerfuffle, brouhaha, ruckus — none of these words can do justice to how chaotic the run-up to these elections has been. The re-emergence of anti-political ideas, the resurrection of far-right groups and the judiciary’s (and military’s) foray into politics are all but distractions from more pressing issues. However, this is one of those chicken and egg arguments. All in all, there is dementia, delusions, rage and cluelessness ahead. Nobody knows what the future holds but one thing is certain: ...
Social media today is the single most powerful source of information and disinformation around the world. With that the availability of an online pulpit, the availability of ideology, the availability of people supporting it, there is an increase in the propensity and proclivity of certain behaviours to foster. The world saw an increase in hate crimes, and communal violence in recent years — more so in countries where the populist leaders openly gratify extremist ideas. In terms of relevance ...
Terrorism, mass shooting – what’s the difference?
By Danish Zaidi (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Hamza Baloch (email@example.com)
Las Vegas shooting initiates a very important debate: whether we should label act of mass shooting as terrorism, and can we label an entire race based on that?
The problem is of course that terrorism as a term is notoriously hard to explain. There is no international consensus on the definition, legally or academically. Majority hold this definition of terrorism:
18th amendment seems to have made coups unlikely as power was now decentralised – making it arduous for the military to control. It is, however, preposterous that local governments only flourished during military dictatorships. It wasn’t that dictators were democratic –it was that this was the only way for a dictator to make his government look more democratic-ish and prolong his rule. However, democratic governments seem bit reluctant to transfer powers to the local bodies as it will weaken the centre as accountability matrix is weak at local level. In the rest of the world, a law’s formation ends the debate.
The disagreement is not with the ingredient of disqualification, it is with the pretext.
First, 62/63 is a Picasso painting – one can see it the way one wants. This sets a dangerous precedence. Non-disclosure of any sorts (by error/mistake) can come under scrutiny and can get you disqualified for life – amazing. This means, it will take others down too. And probably for that very reason, this creativity was orchestrated. If that happens, political vacuum will be created and the third power will gain
World is pivoting towards digital concepts and tools to solve complex problems of public administration. Big data is one such concept that can help in evidence-based policy making decisions. It can become the panacea for all governance woes.
Currently, the set of data available to governments include data on demographics, psychographics, and socio-graphics. However, the velocity, volume and diversity of data continue to increase. That is why most governments are still trying to figure out a way to use data in an effective manner. Pakistan is one of them.
If data maintained by FBR, NADRA and SBP are integrated, the resulting database could help enhance scrutiny and accountability of officials and improve allocation of funds.
It is often stated that both religious extremism, and extreme liberalism, are a menace for Pakistan. It shows sheer lack of knowledge on the part of those who treat political spectrum in Pakistan as a binary. A dispassionate analysis would tell that these terms don’t have firm basis in reality. Most of us lack abstract level thinking and lure ourselves into playing this zero sum game. We otherize people based on certain likes and retweets they do on social media, not realizing that both conservatism and liberalism form a spectrum converging at a center point. It is this fallacy of bipartisanship that drives our obsession with moderation – the belief that the pinnacle of appropriation lies at the center. This major lapse in judgement creates confusion, which in turn creates hatred for the ‘other’.
We engineered terrorism in Pakistan in the form of 'jihad' against the Soviets back in the 80s. We embarked on a journey to fight that war with a terribly misplaced strategy.
We kept snakes, our progeny, in our backyard and were under the false impression that they would never bite us. They have, and they are our own.
It is often stated that people living in a country should conform to the rules of the country, no matter, how absurd these rules are. This argument, essentially legitimizes, the ridiculous hijab law in Iran, the misogynistic ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia, the beef ban in India, and the illogical ban on religious practice of Ahmadis in Pakistan. The table you are setting by making this argument is downright against the essence of your very own struggle while fighting with these laws.
Ever since House of Cards (HoC) season three was released, I have been trying to create a list on how HoC would turn out if it were based on Pakistani politicians and, finally, my efforts have come to fruition.
The state will have to prioritize radicalism rather than terrorism. It provides a better paradigm and framework for a number of reasons.
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Last week, Mubashir Luqman conducted a show in which he revealed the corruption of the PML-N’s laptop distribution scheme. The videos of the show went viral on YouTube.