SR Writes

Enigma of the Defence Budget


DAWN   Thursday, June 16, 2005   By Sherry Rehman   ONE of the issues that surfaces every year for budget-makers in Pakistan is the search for fiscal space. This year the trillion-plus budget continues to be squeezed on both sides by two large, seemingly fixed liabilities: debt servicing and defence spending. Despite defence absorbing

Indo-Pak Conference 2005


Democratising the Dialogue   Over the last two years, South Asian integration has become the flavour of the decade among security gurus from and about the region. Last month the Indian Delhi Policy Group run by Radha Kumar and Kanti Bajpai had sponsored a week long multi-city experts’ workshop to deliberate on modes of conflict

The Media’s Role in Kashmir 2005


Sherry Rehman   March 2005   Islamabad   “Media is a double-edged sword. It can be a frightful weapon of violence also when it propagates messages of intolerance or disinformation that manipulate public sentiment. The inevitable manipulation of the media in war situations leads to greater polarization and fuels mistrust between populations in conflict”[1].  

Karo Kari: No Honour in the Honour-Killings bill


Dawn, Jan 13, 2005   By Sherry Rehman,   There comes a time in every nation’s history when its citizens have to face the mirror of its collective conscience. The first entitlement we owe ourselves is the right to survival and recourse to justice. Yet what haunts half of the country’s population today is that

Separating Fact from Fiction: Ten Reasons to Repeal the Hudood Ordinances


Sherry Rehman   For the first time in twenty-five years, the National Assembly has been heatedly debating the Hudood Ordinances for the last three weeks on every Private Member’s Day. The five criminal laws remain stubbornly on the statute books despite the much-repeated promises of General Pervez Musharraf that they should be done away with.

Ten Reasons to Repeal the Hudood Laws


Sherry Rehman   For the first time in twenty-five years, the National Assembly has been heatedly debating the Hudood Ordinances for the last three weeks on every Private Member’s Day. The five criminal laws remain stubbornly on the statute books despite the much-repeated promises of General Pervez Musharraf that they should be done away with.

Election Processes in India and Pakistan: Making the Votes Count


By Sherry Rehman   The bedrock of the democratic process is premised on a fair and free election by which the will of the people is ascertained through a nation-wide poll. If a democratic state cannot administer a transparent election under which there is a basic consensus by all stakeholders, then it fails in its

Making History


The Nation, 26 May 2003   By Sherry Rehman   “History is the most dangerous product ever concocted by the chemistry of the intellect. It inebriates nations, saddles them with false memories, keeps their old sores running, torments them when they not at rest, and induces in them megalomania and the mania of persecution.”