Usman Ali Siddiqi

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Bidding Farewell to I.A. Rehman, Pakistan’s Relentless Human Rights Defender

With the recent demise of I.A. Rahman, the honorary spokesperson and former secretary-general I. A. Rehman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP),...

Pakistan’s Higher Education Crisis Needs More Than Personnel Reshuffles

Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission (HEC) has often been the subject of much debate. Its detractors see the HEC as a redundant entity after the...

Imran Khan Has Failed in Delivering Good Governance

  Good governance is minimum government and real devolution of administration. Pakistan’s challenge has been the inability of its leaders to understand that everything does...

Denial and Lies Will Not Fix Pakistan’s Battered Economy

Pakistan’s economy has often faced crises but for the last 2.5 years, ever since Prime Minister Imran Khan’s PTI led government came to power,...

Human Rights Deficit Wont Go Away By Over-Sensitivity to Criticism

The Pakistani state has always been sensitive to any criticism, whether domestic or international. In a recent column, veteran columnist and human rights advocate,...

Establishment Critic, Journalist Matiullah Jaan Kidnapped by Security Services, Released 12 hours later

On Tuesday July 21, veteran journalist Matiullah Jan was abducted from the federal capital Islamabad’s Sector G-6. According to Jan’s wife, “his car was...

Imran Khan’s pro-Jihad sentiment exposed by remarks about bin Laden

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s pro-jihadi and pro -Islamist leanings have been well-known, from his speeches and interviews going back years to his memoirs. However, even...

Human Rights Organizations & Defenders: Protect the prison populace during Covid

While governments the world over are trying to deal with the pandemic, Covid, human rights defenders are also seeking their help to protect a...

Pashtun Human Rights Defender Idris Khattak still missing

In November 2019, New Pakistan had written about the disappearance of human rights activist and political worker Muhammad Idris Khattak. It is four months since...

Pakistani State Losing All Credibility in Trying to Attack Dissent

Countries react differently to dissent, democracies normally accept dissent as criticism not as anti-nationalism or sedition. Pakistan, however, has a history of...

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Bangladesh Record on Women Shows Where Pakistan Has Gone Wrong

        Pakistan has a terrible record when it comes to human rights, civic rights, and gender related rights. Most of the countries of South...

Bidding Farewell to I.A. Rehman, Pakistan’s Relentless Human Rights Defender

With the recent demise of I.A. Rahman, the honorary spokesperson and former secretary-general I. A. Rehman of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP),...

Pakistan’s ‘Environment be Damned’ Approach Having Disastrous Effects

The Ravi Riverfront Urban Development Project (RUDP) is an urban development megaproject in Lahore that runs along the Ravi River. It includes the construction...

Former Playboy Imran Khan Blames Women‘s Clothing for Rape

Leaders are supposed to set examples, not just on the political but also the social front. However, Prime Minister Imran Khan apparently does not...
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