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04 Mar, 2009
Responsible Choices

This article discusses continuous price hikes of essential items in Pakistan and suggests a non-governmental way out highlighting responsible consumer behavior. The main cause of price-hikes is government itself. So how ridiculous it would be to plead before it or urge it to reduce or control prices. That is why the prescriptions suggested in this article are directly meant for us consumers.


04 Mar, 2009
The Bane of Sovereignty

This article discusses the moral and political implications of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's two exiles. The article argues that sovereignty of a country is determined by its Constitution. If it is followed in letter and spirit, the sovereignty is intact; if not, sovereignty is harmed.


04 Mar, 2009
Breaking the Clichés

Regardless of the nature of governments, be they civil or military, liberal or fascist they sometimes resort to blocking information to protect their rule and authority. While it is often the first measure military governments resort to, for civil and liberal governments it is the last desperate measure. In Pakistan, this scheme does not work in this order. Here, both types of governments may take advantage of the situation. If their rule and authority runs smoothly without any hurdles, they allow the media to make use of freedom. Otherwise, the story is different. Norms, principles, values, and fundamental rights do not carry as much weight in some governments as in others.


04 Mar, 2009
Outrageous to the Dignity of Free People

This article argues that people are not made of flesh only; they do need economic progress, but they do need freedom. They need freedom to think, imagine, experiment with ideas, to speak their mind, to write down their stream of thought, to express themselves, to publish themselves, to discuss and debate with other people, to be what they want want to be. These freedoms have been ensured to him in the Constitution of 1973.


04 Mar, 2009
Aslam Effendi: A free marketeer in Pakistan

In a country like Pakistan where welfarist and socialist thinking is dominant, where state is perfectly omnipotent, where every person is a committed statist, where individual, his freedoms and responsibilities are considered a luxury, and where the concept of free market is dismissed outrightly, isn't it surprising, and fortunate enough, too, to have a free marketeer who has written various books and articles on free market philosophy. And, isn't it surprising and unfortunate enough, too, that there is no publisher to print his books.


04 Mar, 2009
The Benefits of Free Trade

Had history followed this course, no economic and social progress would have been possible. For instance, if to save the jobs of the typists or say calligraphists or in like cases government had imposed duties on the new products and restrictions on their use were we able to go ahead with computers and information technology? Akbar, the great moghul emperor, was shown an early printing press by a foreigner. He rejected its use on the same pretext that our calligraphers would be rendered jobless.


04 Mar, 2009
Liberalism as the Basis of Human Rights and Dignity

Each December 10th marks Human Rights Day. It turns out that Human rights did not formally appear in international law until 1948 when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations’ General Assembly.


04 Mar, 2009
Hot Air and Human Health

It seems that polar bears and penguins are not the only victims of global warming. As climate talks wrap up in Bali, we heard from the World Health Organization that rising temperatures are also making humans less healthy as malaria spreads northwards and heatwaves become more common. The WHO is using such claims to justify swingeing cuts in carbon emissions in order to stabilise global temperatures. But if the aim is actually to improve health--particularly in poor countries--they would be hard pushed to get it more wrong.


04 Mar, 2009
Enemies of the Rule of Law

This article argues that political parties are one of the greatest enemies of the rule of law in Pakistan. If they do not reinstate the pre-November 03, 2007, judiciary even when in the parliament, they will act against interest of the people of Pakistan.


04 Mar, 2009
How many Mehraabpurs?

Mehrabpur is the town nearby which on the night of December 19, the tragic train accident took lives of about a hundred people and hundreds sustained injuries. It was just on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha (which fell on December 21, two days after the accident), the second greatest festive occasion for the Muslims. This article highlights the plight of the victims of the Mehrabpur accident and castigates the deplorable state of governance, from top to bottom, in Pakistan.


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