Yearly Archives: 2010

Karachi mafia seek political clout with land grabs

Taimur Khan

KARACHI // Sometimes, politically motivated killings in Karachi rise, as they did after a councillor was assassinated this year and more than 100 people died in 72 hours of revenge attacks.

But on most days, the hum of death in Pakistan’s largest city is steady and routine. It is fuelled by the city’s ethnic political parties and their “land mafias”, who fight to control property that provides profits and political power. Continue reading

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Dark shadow of child labour

By Zubeida Mustafa Source: Dawn HERE is some shocking bit of news that bodes ill for Pakistan’s future. A seminar organised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) was told that child labour was on the rise in Pakistan. Given the … Continue reading

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The anatomy of advocacy

By Zubeida Mustafa Source: Dawn AT a recent art exhibition on honour killing in Karachi and that was curated by eminent art critic and editor of NuktaArt, Niilofur Farrukh, the presentations to articulate various concerns were followed by a lively … Continue reading

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Wikileaks tests our media

By Zubeida Mustafa Source: Dawn IN Pakistan, the WikiLeaks drama confirms conclusively — if confirmation was needed — that the media has opted for its information and entertainment roles in a big way while abandoning its education responsibility altogether. By … Continue reading

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How many are too many?

By Zubeida Mustafa Source: Dawn HOW many schools do we need to educate our children? According to the senior minister for education, Sindh, the province needs no more schools. In fact he has announced that 1,100 schools would be closed … Continue reading

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Blasphemy law amendment

By Zubeida Mustafa Source: Dawn THE uproar following Aasiya Bibi`s death sentence for alleged blasphemy has a familiar ring to it. If the past is anything to go by, we can be assured that Aasiya Bibi will not go to … Continue reading

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The whole truth?

Reviewed By Zubeida Mustafa Source: Dawn Paradise Beneath Her Feet captures succinctly the contradictions in some Muslim societies where religion is a powerful force that exercises an overarching influence on the socio-cultural, economic and political life of people. As women … Continue reading

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The question of nationalisation

By Zubeida Mustafa Source: Dawn PRIME Minister Gilani stirred a hornet’s nest when he termed Z.A. Bhutto’s 1972 policy of nationalisation of schools and colleges as a mistake. Most people, especially those who have watched the slide in education over … Continue reading

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Atoning for our sins

By Zubeida Mustafa Source: Dawn IS change in the offing? I should hasten to add that I am not talking about political change in Islamabad which is perennially the subject of much speculation. It is socio-economic change I want to … Continue reading

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Pakistan’s health burden

By Zubeida Mustafa Source: Dawn THE government has ingenious ways of naming evils in our society. A ghost school is termed as a dysfunctional institution. Quacks are called “unlicensed medical practitioners”. The National Assembly was informed by the health minister … Continue reading

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