Pakistan

70 Years on, Outpouring of India’s Stories on Partition

The history of the tortuous creation of India and Pakistan as separate countries 70 years ago has been written and recorded on a massive scale over the past two or three weeks on British television, along with ...

A Tide of Immigrants in the UK’s Birmingham

The television news has just broken the news of the murder of 86-year-old French priest Father Jacques Hamel while he was saying Mass. I walk outside to one of the main commercial streets in central Birmingham....
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Pakistan Lit Fest Offers Hope for Moderates

The hope that one day Pakistan will escape from the clutches of jihadist terrorism, corrupt politicians and an overbearing army presence came alive last weekend at the Lahore Literary Festival, where mostly you...
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Polio cases surge in Pakistan

Pakistan is starting to learn the folly of Islamic militants who are blocking polio vaccine personnel from doing their jobs, heading for one of its worst years for polio in recent times.  According to figure...
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Pakistan’s polio fight goes under the radar

A few torn remnants of a government poster advertising an anti-polio drive conducted in 2012 are still visible on the gate of Sajjida Bibi’s house, and the impression given to passers-by is that years of vaccin...
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Pakistan’s Youth: Source of Growth or Radicalization?

Last May 11, about 60 percent of eligible voters went to the polls in Pakistan’s national elections, a figure far exceeding the 44 percent who turned out for the country’s previous election in 2008. Yet one ...
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Pakistan’s Ghost Schools

In partnership with Unicef, Pakistan has promised to educate all of its girls by 2015 – but it’s a promise that appears almost impossible to fulfill, and not just because of Taliban and other militants trying t...
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Pakistan’s Missing Middle Class

In most countries, it is the middle class – the bourgeoisie – who form the bulwark against radicalism because of their vested interest in property, business and the country’s institutions. In Pakistan, what mid...