Karim Khan

Karim Khan

A freelance writer, blogger, and editor, based in Peshawar. He, more commonly, writes under his pen name Ernest Dempsey

November 10, 2014
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Polio vaccine: Is it really as safe as it is claimed to be?

Reporting on polio vaccination has secured a regular slot in major media outlets. The reporting is mostly always supportive of the vaccination campaign commonly called “polio eradication”. But is the Oral Polio Vaccine( OPV), or Sabin vaccine (named after Albert Sabin), which is administered to millions of children in the developing world, really safe? Does it have no harmful effect on human health a claimed by some doctor in a recent story? The short answer is: no, it’s not completely safe. Not only can it cause permanent disability in some children, it actually has caused epidemics of paralysis in at least two countries ...

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Controlling rabies: No, you cannot just ‘shoot stray dogs at sight’

Reading a recent blog by Sakina Kavi, entitled Don’t let the dogs out at the University of Karachi on The Express Tribune, I feel it’s time to draw people’s attention to the fundamental cause of stray dog bites and fear of rabies resulting from them. Being an animal rights activist, I appreciate the writer’s spirit and call for refraining from killing dogs as if wiping away pest. However, I do not agree with her suggestion of shooting stray dogs on site. This is inhumane and any animal rights activist will tell you this. In the first place, we must distinguish between a rabid ...

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Choose democracy, not the HEC

Criticism of the government’s decisions is becoming more of a habit than a reformative concern among our so called experts. As far as media campaigns to save the Higher Education Commission (HEC) are concerned, some would even suggest that democracy is being slaughtered at the altar of activism. Since the federal government’s announcement to devolve HEC, there has been a plethora of articles, blogs, letters, and comments, most of them supportive of the commission’s authority in matters relating to higher education. Few, if any, have bothered to objectively and critically weigh the HEC’s success against its failures as a central ...

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