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The Pakistan-India Logjam – Babar Sattar

History shows that countries - like individuals - have an amazing capacity to pursue mindless short-sighted policies even in the face of the general recognition that such policies produce nothing but wretchedness for their people. The…

Limits Of Khaki Ability – Babar Sattar

Before ‘patriots’ pounce on the use of the term ‘ability’, it is not used pejoratively to discredit khakis but only to refer to the suitability of the army to do certain things as opposed to others. The question of khaki ability is relevant…

A Love Hate Relationship – Babar Sattar

What is most striking about the BBC’s report that the MQM’s militants are trained in India, which also funds the MQM’s purchase of weapons? That key sources of the story are Pakistani authorities and yet Pakistan has never taken a formal…

Entitlement To Plunder? – Babar Sattar

Are events like the Asif Zardari’s recent harangue condemning the military for its sins since Pakistan’s inception a consequence of our unfortunate civil-military imbalance or partly its cause? The provocation appears to be a claim made by…

When Parties Die – Babar Sattar

Political parties too have a sense of immortality like human beings. We know we have to die one day. But, exceptions aside, this immutable fact has little influence on what we do when we are alive. The PPP is like the terminally ill cancer…

Supply Side Of Terror – Babar Sattar

Let’s assume that spy agencies of all enemy countries are sponsoring terror in Pakistan. If we have credible evidence of their involvement, we must present it before the world and bring pressure to bear on them. But notwithstanding…

New Year Resolutions – Babar Sattar

IF we can change one thing about Pakistan in 2014 can that please be our mindset? Can we cure ourselves of the Pakistan-versus-the-rest paranoia that cultivates the image of a conspiring wicked world ganged up against us? Can we begin…

Suo Motued Again – Babar Sattar

THE much-anticipated change of guard at the Supreme Court brings with it hope and fresh expectation. The idealism and promise of change cultivated by the rule of law movement and steadily squandered in the years following the restoration of…