(Originally published on the South Asia @ LSE blog.) Mumtaz Qadri, the police bodyguard of former Governor of Punjab province Salmaan Taseer was executed on 29 February 2016 for killing him with 27 bullets on 4 January 2011. The assassination followed the Governor’s call to reform of Pakistan’s blasphemy law. The execution shows the State’s rejection of violent… Read More Will the execution of Governor Taseer’s assassin reopen the debate on Pakistan’s blasphemy law?
This post originally appeared on the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn)’s Center for Global Communication Studies (GGCS) blog, and summarises the findings of the research report I authored on behalf of Bolo Bhi for the Center. Internet policymaking in Pakistan has been an uphill task for all stakeholders involved, a process whereby the government justifies… Read More The Internet Policymaking Landscape in Pakistan
[Originally published on FutureChallenges.org] Beset by economic woes and laboring under rapid demographic change, Pakistan still manages to leverage the power of technological breakthroughs in new and creative ways to improve the workings of government. One such way was found by Zubair K. Bhatti, the government administrator of the district of Jhang, and his example… Read More Mobile phones – new weapons in Pakistan’s war on corruption
[Originally published in the Daily Times Op-Ed pages] “We consider ourselves Pakistani, but unfortunately the government of Pakistan does not” were the resounding words uttered by a resident of FATA I spoke to recently. “As you entered this Agency, you must have read the board that says ‘Ilaqa-e-Ghair’ (area of the others), does that not… Read More Independence in FATA
[Originally published on FutureChallenges.org] As the most populated region in the world, South Asia can also boast the highest number of young people per world region as well, and this trend continues to grow driven by high birth rates. This means that in the near future there will be increasing numbers of young people looking… Read More Youth bulge in South Asia: Job creation must tap the potential
[Originally published on FutureChallenges.org] The eighth of the 2015 United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) states that the international community is to take measures to increase cooperation and encourage a partnership between the developed and the developing world. With a Human Development Index (HDI) of 0.49, and with 40% of its population living below the poverty line, Pakistan… Read More International aid: towards a responsible partnership for development
[Originally published on The Express Tribune Blog] [Another version of this post was published in the Daily Times Op-ed page] “One refugee without hope is too many” is the message behind the UNHCR’s “One” campaign that started last week. On the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, the United Nations General… Read More Refugees in Pakistan