Monthly Archives: June 2009

Remembering Zamir Niazi

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

ZAMIR Niazi, that indomitable champion of press freedom and honesty in journalism, died five years ago in June. His deep interest in the print media — its performance, its role as the disseminator of news, its relationship with the powers that be and the treatment it received from the rulers — prompted him to keep a close eye on the press.
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Mr Shahbaz Sharif please act

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

SO we are back to square one. The Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissues Ordinance (Thoto) promulgated in 2007 to check the commercialisation of organ transplantation in Pakistan has virtually become a dead letter.
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Trapped in their seclusion

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

HAVE you noticed the invisibility of women in the IDP camps? Although they constitute a substantial number of the displaced, it is the men who speak on their behalf.

Not at all surprising. Remember for years the election commission reported areas in the NWFP where not a single female vote was cast because jirgas had banned women from voting.
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The magic world of a child

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

T is a familiar sight. Little children loaded with heavy schoolbags being forced to `acquire` knowledge. We are supposed to know best what is good for them. We may be the parents, the teachers or policymakers who set the paradigms for elementary education.
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