Monthly Archives: April 2012

Citizen Registration: Tool of Inclusion or Alienation

This is a guest post by Khalid Kamal. It was first written for a scholarly journal back in 2008 and hold some interesting insights regarding citizen registration in Pakistan.

ABSTRACT: this article is a critique of the citizen registration and identification laws, and practices inPakistan. Comments on the performance of the National Database and Registration Authority are based on NADRA Ordinance (2000), information provided at NADRA web site and several dozen interviews with individuals denied CNIC’s. The purpose of interviews was to assess how extensive the problem is and how the effected citizens may be helped. The study was conducted by the non-profit “Stateless People in Bangladesh and Pakistan”. Continue reading


Rise of the Female Entrepreneurs – Updated

At the start of my third year of BBA back in 2007, I had realized the disaster we were heading towards. Despite the growing economy, I just couldn’t understand where will all the graduating students of BBA and MBA will go, especially since all institutes taught us to seek job rather than create jobs. Just a lousy course named “Entrepreneurship” was taught just for the sake of teaching and the institute would consider its job done; now it is left up to the student to utilize the learning of that one particular course or the 43 other courses he/she studied during the program.

In recent years the need for self-reliance has grown and surprising number of people have decided to open their own ventures rather than seek jobs. Back in 2010 I covered the exhibition of Ash Lamour, a handbags brand started by my good friend Ayesha Akram. Now, a couple of former classmates of mine from school and university days have also started their own brands. Arete by Aliza is a clothing brand while B by Bushra is a footwear brand. Continue reading