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Dr Naazir Mahmood
Dr Naazir Mahmood

The writer holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham, UK and works in Islamabad.

  • February 26, 2024

    Not an elitist festival

    The KLF encompasses fields ranging from economy and education to gender and human rights

  • February 18, 2024

    The powerful four

    There are at least four ministries in any government that bear the brunt of policymaking and ultimately affect people and their wellbeing

  • February 11, 2024

    Chronicles of an election foretold

    Such engineering is even more harmful if done after elections to install a government that does not command public mandate

  • February 05, 2024

    Education and manifestos

    Next promise is about opening nationwide evening schools, without taking into account fact that after 18th Amendment, education at all levels has...

  • January 29, 2024

    A courageous voice

    More than a decade ago, Hamid Mir’s collection of columns ‘Qalam Kamaan’ attracted wide acclaim and now his new collection ‘Such Bolna Mana...

  • January 21, 2024

    The languages of history

    But before discussing significance of this book a word is in order about some of his earlier contributions in Sindhi and English languages

  • January 15, 2024

    Ayaz Melo: pride of Sindh

    Ninth Ayaz Melo in last week of December 2023 was special for it coincided with centenary celebrations of Shaikh Ayaz

  • January 07, 2024

    How to be a journalist

    A good journalist or media professional would do better by making a habit of reading newspapers

  • December 31, 2023

    How to make a budget transparent

    Karachi is a happening place, and on my recent visit there, I had the opportunity to attend two events that may be of interest to my readers.Ishaque...

  • December 25, 2023

    A freedom lost: Part - II

    On December 13, 2023, Szabist Karachi organized an event to discuss the state of peasants’ rights in Sindh in 2022. While our mainstream media is...

  • December 17, 2023

    A freedom lost”: Part - I

    Formulating laws and creating rules from above – without broader consultations – is not a good idea. Of course, you cannot consult criminals...

  • December 10, 2023

    The lost gems of Sindh: Part - II

    My introduction to Wali Ram Vallabh was both personal and through his writing. He was the father of my friends Kamleshwar and Pushpa – both...

  • December 03, 2023

    The lost gems of Sindh ( Part – I)

    The second half of the year 2023 has deprived Sindhi literature of two giants: Murlidhar Jetley and Wali Ram Vallabh. Both of whom remained immersed...

  • November 26, 2023

    Ink and light

    Sajjad Zaheer with his comrades formed the Progressive Writers Association in 1936 when he was around 30

  • November 19, 2023

    History, language and Sufism

    The image shows the book cover of ‘Ishq Nama Shah Hussain: tasavvuf and malamat’ authored by Farrukh Yaar shown above. —Facebook/Farrukh...

  • November 12, 2023

    Tales from a labour activist

    This still taken from a video released on November 11, 2023, shows participants during a book launch ceremony of Ramzan Memon ‘Halqa-e-zanjeer...

  • November 05, 2023

    Mehrjui and Iranian cinema ( Part – II )

    Poster of the film Gaav: — IRANIAN FILM EMPIREIn Mehrjui’s film ‘Gaav’, Masht Hassan – a peasant in an isolated village – has a close...

  • November 01, 2023

    Mehrjui and Iranian cinema ( Part – I )

    Dariush Mehrjui , and his writer wife, Vahidea Mohammadi. — RFERLOne of the founding fathers of Iranian New Wave cinema, Dariush Mehrjui, and his...

  • October 23, 2023

    A sudden change of heart and policy

    Afghan nationals queue up at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossing point in Chaman on August 17, 2021. — AFPThe issue of refugees is not new in...

  • October 15, 2023

    A landmark verdict

    The verdict of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Oct 10 to sustain the controversial SC Act, 2023 is remarkable and unprecedented by all means. The...

  • October 09, 2023

    A pre-election watch

    Since elections are likely to take place in January 2024 – at least per the announcement by the Election Commission of Pakistan – the Human...

  • October 03, 2023

    Protecting our children

    I have lately been focusing on human rights issues in these pages. Those interested can refer to my previous articles: ‘Children’s rights...

  • September 25, 2023

    All about electoral participation

    As elections are likely to be held in January 2024, there is renewed talk about improving electoral participation and making elections credible. On...

  • September 18, 2023

    Children’s rights matter

    If there is one single solution to most of our woes, it will definitely be quality education, especially at the school level. The Human Rights...

  • September 11, 2023

    Dealing with the Taliban

    The 1990s saw the emergence of the Taliban and in the 2000s the TTP appeared to be distinct from the Taliban in Afghanistan.In this story we have...

  • September 06, 2023

    Malice towards none

    No judiciary can afford an undeniably partisan appearance and antics that betray an agenda. It has been nearly 15 years that we have seen judges...

  • August 28, 2023

    Challenge child labour

    The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan is one of the very few organizations in Pakistan that raises its voice against child labour and violence...

  • August 20, 2023

    The rise of an intolerant society

    How did we become so brutally intolerant? What led us to this despicable state? Over the last couple of months, Pakistan has reported violence...

  • August 15, 2023

    Fighting disability with creativity

    Without differences in our abilities, the world would have been a bland sphere in the universe. Some people have more pizzazz than others, and one...

  • August 07, 2023

    Ten years of CPEC

    With the completion of 10 years of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor , Pakistan has reached a major milestone. The July 30 visit of China’s...

  • July 28, 2023

    A piece of the moon: Part - II

    With six main characters, ‘A piece of the moon’ unfolds a story that flows from pre-partition days to the 1970s in a zigzag manner. It has a...

  • July 16, 2023

    A piece of the moon ( Part - I)

    Classification is tricky as it tends to compartmentalize concepts that are hard to define. Any attempt to classify fiction is even more challenging....

  • July 09, 2023

    A useful trip to Japan

    In the changing geopolitical situation of this region, economic relations are going to play a significant role. With Pakistan’s volatile economy...

  • July 03, 2023

    A broken workforce

    On the UN’s Human Development Index, Pakistan occupies a pitiful rank. It perches on one of the lowest rungs on education and health indicators....

  • June 26, 2023

    HEC, Holi and identity crises

    Changing the world for future generations is one of the primary tasks of education, more so of higher education. A recent letter by the executive...

  • June 19, 2023

    Human rights on the agenda

    There are hundreds of political parties in Pakistan and dozens of them are active, but not many have human rights as a major agenda point on their...

  • June 13, 2023

    The great Indian political circus: Part - II

    In January 1990, tensions in Kashmir allowed the BJP to capitalize on it to fan its extremist agenda. Immediately after coming to power, the VP...

  • June 12, 2023

    The great Indian political circus: Part - I

    There are many similarities between the economic situation that India faced in the early 1990s and the one Pakistan currently faces. Last year, I...

  • June 05, 2023

    What was the PTI?

    In Pakistan, successful political parties are able to push the content and style of their politics off at a new tangent every time. They are able to...

  • May 31, 2023

    A state of many cases

    ‘Never a dull moment’ is a cliche, even more so for Pakistani politics. How could we have a dull moment when there is a steady stream of cases...

  • May 22, 2023

    Promoting harmony

    With an increasing level of intolerance in Pakistan, there is a need to promote cultural and interfaith harmony. The Pak Institute for Peace...

  • May 14, 2023

    Reconceptualization of labour issues

    In the plethora of news stories and talk shows about the arrest of Imran Khan and related violence, there was hardly any mention of some real issues...

  • May 03, 2023

    The trouble with Tarek

    Tarek Fatah, a Pakistani-Canadian journalist and author, died on April 24 this year. He had for years criticized the partition of India, which many...

  • April 26, 2023

    What ails the HEC?

    It is interesting to note that political parties that draw their major support from Punjab tend to promote centralization and resist devolution to...

  • April 19, 2023

    Constitution via amendments

    Celebrating the golden jubilee of the 1973 constitution of Pakistan we have briefly looked at the 25 amendments passed so far. So, what are some of...

  • April 17, 2023

    The 24th and 25th amendments

    The 24th Amendment was tabled in 2017; then-president Mamnoon Hussain authorized it on December 22, 2017. This was the last year of the third PML-N...

  • April 10, 2023

    The 22nd and 23rd amendments

    In the third year of its rule in 2016, the PML-N government decided to further streamline the procedure for the appointment, qualifications and...

  • April 03, 2023

    The 20th and 21st amendments

    The 20th Amendment was the last major achievement of the PPP government which constantly found itself on the receiving end of an irate CJP’s...

  • April 01, 2023

    The 19th Amendment

    The 19 Amendment to the constitution of Pakistan was passed in December 2010; it reformed the procedure for judicial appointments and also expanded...