Monthly Archives: July 2009

The Caux dream

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

India-Pakistan relations do not move in a straight line. They zigzag from crisis to crisis.

In the interregnum the two countries either engage in negotiations or struggle to revive an interrupted dialogue. This is not something new. It has always been the case.
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The French speak English

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

WHAT has struck me most during my holiday in France — a country I am visiting after 25 years — is that today communication is much easier for someone who cannot speak the French language.

You come across quite a few French men and women who speak and understand English. In fact a number of them are very fluent in the language which previously they had shunned out of national pride.
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Rights not charity

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

Last week the deputy attorney general told the Lahore High Court that the federal government had appointed 1,386 people with disabilities to various posts against the two per cent quota for them provided by the law.
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Education – tool for oppression

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

IN its recently released State of Human Rights 2008 report the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has devoted considerable space — the most number of pages — to the education sector in the country.

It is not a coincidence that the most backward, underprivileged and impoverished people who are denied their basic rights also happen to be illiterate and uneducated.
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A question of human rights

By Zubeida Mustafa
Source: Dawn

THE list of human rights recognised by the international community continues to grow. Since 1948 when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the UN General Assembly the dimension of the rights issue, especially its nature, has changed enormously.
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