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Pakistan – an ethical vacuum for the media

Let us start with a disclaimer. Not all those that work in journalism and the media generally in Pakistan are feckless wastrels with their ethics pigeonholes set to empty. Indeed I sense that the majority are ordinary decent men and women…

Indian Muslims, fearful and insecure

The general election in India, the largest democratic exercise in the world, is drawing to a close and the results will become clear on 23rd May. Whatever the outcome and although there is likely to be a reduction in the numbers of seats…

Sri Lanka – the terrorism playbook re-written

There was a time when terrorism and extremism was linked to poverty. This was as much assumptive as it was objectively determined. ‘The poor’, ran the argument, are driven to desperate acts as a protest, a push-back, at the forces that keep…

The trouble with tourism

That Pakistan is a tourist destination with almost boundless opportunities is beyond doubt. From the majesty of the Karakorams in the north to the miles of pristine beach along the Makran coast to innumerable places of historic interest and…

Combating child sex abuse – rights and wrongs

The sexual abuse of children in Pakistan is so widespread as to be almost commonplace. Occasionally there are incidents  - Kasur, for instance – that briefly hit the headlines and public awareness is momentarily raised, only to lapse into…

Fancy a trip to the Mall? No thanks

No apologies for a follow-on from last week’s column about the changing ways of life in my home village. Apart from clean water and a plummeting infant mortality rate I saw something first hand that I had hitherto only heard of second or…

Journalist Cyril Almeida suspends Dawn column

ISLAMABAD: Noted Pakistani journalist Cyril Almeida announced that he was suspending writing his weekly column for Dawn newspaper. “Some work news: suspending writing the Sunday column for Dawn. Thank you for readership and affection…

Living in a time of clowns

Clowns have been around a long time. Ancient clowns may be seen in the city of Pompeii, smothered by an eruption of Vesuvius and now revealed again. They crop up in Greek and Roman literature and Shakespeare introduces Fools on more than…