Uzair Salman

A 23-year-old bibliophile who absolutely relishes to read, write and to be read. By going through my blog, you assuredly won't find yourself indulging in floccinaucinihilipilification.

Paigham e Pakistan in Need of a Novel Reappraisal

Since its very independence, Pakistan has unceasingly been falling prey to extremism of all sorts—emanating out of which is terrorism that has taken the lives of close to a hundred thousand people. Amidst such circumstances, the state has by and large failed to bring forth a national narrative so as to debunk the extremist philosophies and provide the masses—illiterate in particular—with a substitute. National Counter Terrorism Authority, shortly called NACTA, is an institution that was establi

The predicament of minorities

As per the annual report of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (UNCIRF), all religious minorities in Pakistan continue to be attacked and discriminated against by “extremist groups and society at large” killing 231 people and leaving 691 injured in 2017 alone. The same report stated that “the government of Pakistan failed to protect these groups adequately, and it perpetrated systematic, ongoing, egregious religious freedom violations”. Paradoxically, the rights en

Revisiting Pakistan’s Raison d’etre

ou are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or creed -- that has nothing to do with the business of the State”; were the words the Quaid-e-Azam – M. A. Jinnah – spoken on the 11th of August, just days before we broke the shackles and won ourselves independence. He had nominated to his cabinet a Hindu, an Ahmadi and some Shias. One doesn’t find in this anythi

Food security amidst food wastage

Elucidating food security seems to have been a herculean task. It is said that over two hundred definitions of food security have been brought forth over the last two decades. Among all such definitions, the one that I believe blankets most of the issues concerned was adopted in the 1996 World Food Summit which was fine-tuned in The State of Food Insecurity 5 years later in 2001, that says; “Food security [is] a situation that exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and econo

A demographic vantage becoming a demographic calamity

As per an encyclopaedic National Human Development Report (NHDR) brought forth by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) back in May this year, Pakistan presently has the largest population of youth ever transcribed in its entire history of 70 years. It is the second youngest country in South Asia, only after Afghanistan. In words barer, we are potentially the country that can provide the world with the workhorses to help transform the latter. The role that China played in the last generat