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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…

Mistakes that cost Pakistan another loss!

Hand over the Cricket ball to a bunch of school kids and you would have more expectations from them than from the bunch of Cricketers representing Pakistan side in England at the moment. Not only did they give away so many chances during…

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…

Well hello to Baby Sussex

Just in case you have been living under a very large rock for the last couple of days there is a new addition to the British royal family. As yet - though this may change as Wednesday rolls by – there is no picture of the infant and no news…

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…

A bit of a bump on the head

A few years back I visited Vietnam with my brother for a long weekend break. Never been before. First impressions all good…airport clean and organised well set up for tourists and we left to get the taxi to our modestly priced hotel and…

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…

Women challenged men. It was not pretty.

The scene opens at dawn in a henhouse in northwestern France. In one corner a dead fox. In several other corners a lot of hens looking completely innocent. The tale goes – and it may just be an apocryphal urban myth – that a young fox got…

The Great Elephant Hunt

Sources differ as to the origin of the phrase with one having it as 1935 and another 1959 but ‘the elephant in the room’ has been around for a long while. Pakistan has so many elephants in the room it probably qualifies for a conservation…