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A Rauf Khan Khattak

Yes Minister

The morning after taking oath I took over my office and was confronted with hard choices. There were so many candidates in the running for the posts of my personal secretary, personal assistant and driver. I was supposed to have one each. I…

Yes Minister

I received a surprise call on the evening of March 23 from the protocol officer of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government asking for my correct name. When I asked why, the person at the other end congratulated me and said that I should reach the…

The TTP And Jirgas

If empty talks and statements could solve problems, Pakistan would have been a model of development. Disregarding the half-baked solutions given by half-baked intellectuals, the need for effective policies regarding militancy in Pakistan…

All Convicts, All Branded

A long time back I read Jean-Paul Sartre’s book Words. It is not about words as such but about his childhood experiences – his reading and writing. The lucid, animated style of the book is still fresh in my mind. We are all aware of the…

Fata After 2014

The formation of a new tribal province has some advocates. This will be a new experience in the history of tribalism. Tribalism means no government if possible, less if necessary. If the tribes learn to govern themselves, there will be no…

Fata After 2014

So far all indications are that the US is going ahead with troop withdrawal from Afghanistan by 2014. The hope is that the Afghan National Force and Afghan police force will be able to prevent the unravelling of the present polity in…