Category: Pakistan

‘Changing the Face of Politics’: Women shaking Pakistan’s patriarchy

     

He calls himself “Pakistan’s biggest feminist”, but soap opera writer Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar sparked a national row this week after he hurled abuse at a women’s rights activist on live television,… Read more »

Politicians help military damage Pakistan’s democratic prospects

     

Manzoor Pashteen, the leader of an activist group that denounces abuses of power by Pakistan’s military, was arrested (HT:CFR) on charges including sedition and intimidation. Amnesty International called for Pashteen’s… Read more »

Mapping digital disinformation

     

If digital platforms are the “new battleground” for democracy, as the new  2019 “Freedom on the Net” report from Freedom House suggests, the experience of Pakistan demonstrates the challenges of… Read more »

Is India ‘losing the soul of its democracy’ in Kashmir?

     

India’s actions in Kashmir reflect the corrosion of its own democracy, argues Pratap Bhanu Mehta, University Professor at Ashoka University. Indian democracy has always been messy, he writes for Foreign Affairs…… Read more »

Women’s rights activist seeks ‘civil supremacy’ in Pakistan

     

A Pakistani human rights activist who spoke out against the army has fled the country after months in hiding. Gulalai Ismail (above, far right) is now in the US, having eluded… Read more »

‘Harder edge’ to China’s sharp power threatens democracies

     

China is pushing to build up cultural “soft power” to complement the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a $60 billion infrastructure program it has launched as part of the Asian… Read more »

With Kashmir erased, has India’s democracy ‘died in silence’?

     

  Protests were held in several cities (Reuters) in Pakistan after India revoked the special status of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. Islamabad said it will “exercise all possible… Read more »

Pakistan’s military targets feminist icon

     

Gulalai Ismail is one of Pakistan’s best-known women’s rights crusaders, speaking out about forced marriages, gang rapes and crushed dreams. Her groundbreaking work has carried her around the world, winning her… Read more »

Can new social contract restore faith in democracy?

     

Labor unions have played a critical role in democratic transitions, in sustaining democracy and  as civil society groups advancing pluralism and democratic norms. So the latest annual Global Rights Index from the… Read more »