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Rasul Bakhsh Rais

Rasul Bakhsh Rais is Professor of Political Science in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, LUMS, Lahore. His latest book is “Islam, Ethnicity and Power Politics: Constructing Pakistan’s National Identity” (Oxford University Press, 2017).
Twitter: @RasulRais 

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Pakistan’s shift to online learning during pandemic raises serious class issues

Some universities, mostly in the private sector, announced a week-long spring break in the middle of March while most public and private universities, colleges and schools were working on schedule to complete courses by the end of May or early June.

June 28, 2020

The bloody border between Iran and Pakistan 

On May 7, six soldiers including an officer of the Frontier Constabulary were killed by an improvised explosive device planted along the Buledia area of Balochistan, just 14 km away from Iranian territory.

May 18, 2020

In Pakistan, cycles of wheat and sugar scandals rob the poor

Earlier this month, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) concluded a report on the rising prices of wheat flour and white sugar in the country.

April 13, 2020

Peaceful protest and a colonial era sedition law

Hearing a bail plea this month of some of the accused charged for committing an act of ‘sedition,’ the Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court asked a critical question of local authorities: How did peaceful assembly and demonstration qualify as an act of treason against the state?

February 16, 2020