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Malik Muhammad Ashraf
Malik Muhammad Ashraf

The writer is a freelance contributor

  • November 18, 2023

    Preparing for elections

    A person drops a ballot paper in a ballot box. — AFP/FileIn a democracy, elections hold significant importance and are seen as a tool to bring...

  • May 09, 2023

    An opportunity for review

    The Election Commission of Pakistan has filed a review petition against the SC order of April 4 fixing May 14 as the date for election in Punjab as...

  • May 02, 2023

    Dangerous discourse

    Intellectuals in a society possess a deep insight into the causes behind the challenges faced by a nation and have a clear vision about the course...

  • March 27, 2023

    A controversial postponement

    The Election Commission of Pakistan , while postponing the elections in Punjab, maintains that it has taken the decision in view of the current...

  • December 26, 2022

    Whither Jinnah’s vision?

    Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Quiad-e-Azam, not only won a separate homeland for the Muslims of the Subcontinent but also identified the issues that...

  • September 14, 2022

    Politicizing a disaster

    The floods caused by climate change-induced rains in the country have submerged nearly one-third of Pakistan, affected the lives of more than 33...

  • September 07, 2022

    Politics of irresponsibility

    It is widely believed in Pakistan’s political circles that PTI Chairperson Imran Khan’s ascent to power was orchestrated by the country’s...

  • August 30, 2022

    National emergency

    The destruction caused by the 2022 rains and floods in Pakistan is far beyond the scale of devastation that happened in the 2010 floods caused due...

  • August 21, 2022

    Demographic engineering

    Indian authorities have recently permitted temporary residents in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir to register as voters. This is yet...

  • August 15, 2022

    Jinnah’s vision

    Father of the nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah not only won a separate homeland for Muslims living in the Subcontinent but also identified...

  • July 02, 2022

    It’s time to talk

    It is rather obvious that the country is experiencing the worst ever economic and political crisis owing to the shenanigans of all our rulers,...

  • June 10, 2022

    Looking at the ground realities

    There are no two opinions about the fact that the country at the moment is in a serious economic crisis. It is also an undeniable reality that an...

  • May 13, 2022

    The constitution is supreme

    The Election Commission of Pakistan has dismissed the references against 20 dissident PTI MNAs filed by the PTI. The ECP has held that Article 63-A...

  • May 07, 2022

    Politics of false narratives

    Imran Khan lacks the credentials of a visionary leader who has an unswerving commitment to prioritize national interests. But he surely is a master...

  • April 26, 2022

    Imran’s shifting narrative

    Politics in Pakistan, regrettably, continues to be characterized by devious and dirty antics by political parties and their leaders. The...

  • April 18, 2022

    The constitution is supreme

    All the written constitutions of the world recognize the sovereignty of the people and with a view to run the state affairs in a smooth manner...

  • April 05, 2022

    What independent policy?

    When Prime Minister Imran Khan waved a piece of paper in a public rally held on March 27, claiming that it was a threat letter from a foreign power...

  • March 13, 2022

    Good governance

    For quite some time, the demand for the creation of more provinces keeps resonating in the country. There are demands for the creation of a new...

  • March 06, 2022

    A new cold war

    Political analysts and world watchers viewed the burgeoning rivalry between the US and China as the possible beginning of yet another cold war era....

  • February 27, 2022

    Crimes against humanity

    Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned scholar, author and activist, in a video message to a webinar organised by a Washington-based advocacy organisation...

  • February 05, 2022

    Climate of impunity

    Indian security forces have been using ruthless force to suppress the freedom struggle of the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir for...

  • November 03, 2021

    For real change

    The writer is a freelance contributor.A few weeks back, Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry admitted that delaying fresh elections for...

  • October 25, 2021

    Violence in Occupied Kashmir

    The occupation of Kashmir by the Indian security forces will complete 74 years on October 27, a day which is observed as Black Day by the people of...

  • October 18, 2021

    Healthcare neglect

    One troubling aspect of our society is the presence of a host of mafias which have cropped up as a result of wrong and unimaginative policies of...

  • October 09, 2021

    Poverty alleviation

    Any development or change that occurs in global economic variables has a direct effect on almost all countries, mostly due to their connectivity and...

  • September 26, 2021

    Vital discourse

    The virtual address to the UN General Assembly by Prime Minister Imran Khan undeniably shook the conscience of the international community. Besides...

  • September 06, 2021

    On the wrong path

    After having failed to dislodge the government in the first round of agitation and lying low for more than four months, the PDM minus the PPP...

  • August 29, 2021

    Pakistan is better off

    Sitting governments all over the world have the disadvantage of incumbency. Opposition, media and critics feel it convenient to have a dig at the...

  • July 05, 2021

    The changes we need

    It is hard to take issue with the prime minister’s emphasis on electoral reforms which he has been insisting upon for some time. He also...

  • June 28, 2021

    Regional scenario

    In the backdrop of the continuing US pull-out from Afghanistan, the stalled talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government and the Taliban...

  • June 04, 2021

    Durable peace in Afghanistan

    While American troops have already begun leaving Afghanistan, as announced by US President Biden, the dialogue between the Taliban and the Afghan...

  • May 31, 2021

    Controversy on GDP

    The announcement by the government – that during the nine months of the current fiscal year GDP growth has touched the 3.94 percent mark and is...

  • April 17, 2021

    Means and morality

    Machiavelli, regarded as the father of nationalism, is usually perceived as a proponent of politics divorced from conventional morality and in...

  • April 13, 2021

    Tough times

    Pakistan has rejoined the $6 billion IMF programme that commenced in July 2019 and was put on hold in April 2020 because of Covid 19. However, the...

  • March 27, 2021

    Ties with India

    The hostilities along the LOC and working boundary ended on the midnight of February 24-25 as a result of talks between the DGMOs of India and...

  • March 22, 2021

    PDM’s failure

    The PDM, an alliance of ten political parties, ostensibly is striving for a regime change – advancing the reason that the PTI government is a...

  • March 14, 2021

    Ties with Sri Lanka

    In the backdrop of persistent efforts by India to isolate Pakistan in the region and beyond, the two-day visit to Sri Lanka by Prime Minister Imran...

  • February 21, 2021

    The corruption challenge

    It is almost uncontestable to say that we are a society afflicted with all-permeating corruption, which has been the bane of our socio-economic...

  • February 13, 2021

    Indian designs

    History is replete with examples where oppression, persecution and injustice have led to the downfall and destruction of nations and civilizations,...

  • February 05, 2021

    Unending persecution

    Since the launch of the freedom struggle in 1989, the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir have been subjected to ruthless oppression by the Indian...

  • January 26, 2021

    Getting out of the grey list

    In its plenary session in October 2019, the FATF – while noting that Pakistan had made progress on 21 action plans out of 27 given by the agency...

  • January 15, 2021

    A justified snub

    The writer is a freelance contributor.Reportedly the Indian government in a written demarche to the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, while...

  • January 04, 2021

    Positives of 2020

    The year 2020 will be long remembered as the most devastating in terms of human lives lost due the onset of the coronavirus and its debilitating...

  • December 15, 2020

    Web of deception

    Media in the modern era has emerged as the most powerful tool in influencing public opinion, changing attitudes as well as becoming a potent avenue...

  • December 11, 2020

    Sham elections

    Notwithstanding the fact that as per UN resolutions the question of accession of Kashmir to either Pakistan or India is required to be resolved...

  • December 06, 2020

    Enhanced threats

    In the face of continuous arms build-up by India and attaining nuclear capability, Pakistan had no choice but to develop the capability for an...

  • November 23, 2020

    Indian intentions

    Permanent representative of Pakistan to UN Munir Akram, while participating in a debate in the General Assembly on adding new permanent members to...

  • November 15, 2020

    A welcome change

    The people of the US have spoken. The defeat of Donald Trump undoubtedly is reaffirmation of the fact that Americans were wary of his unorthodox...

  • October 27, 2020

    A black day

    According to the Indian Independence Act, the rulers of princely states were given the choice to freely accede to either India or Pakistan, or to...