Category: Irfan Husain

Lessons from Lanka

IN drawing rooms across Pakistan, the chattering classes often bemoan the antics of our politicians. For them, the only solution to our flawed democracy is a benevolent...

The Way Of The Janissary – Irfan Husain

THE heated speculation and feverish commentary over who would become Pakistan`s next army chief after Gen Kayani`s retirement would not have been out of place in a...

Qatar`s World Cup: Building On Blood

STATES, particularly authoritarian ones, tend to shoot messengers bearing bad news. So it came as no surprise that Hussain Al Mulla, the Qatari deputy labour minister,...

Peace And Parity

PARITY. Now there`s a word we haven`t heard for some time. And yet it was a regular feature in Foreign Office statements not that long ago. Its disappearance from our...

End Of The Honeymoon

IF one were to stick a label to this government`s management style, it would have to be described as glacial. Despite his solid mandate, Nawaz Sharif is proceeding with...

Ideology And Intolerance

MOHAMMAD Ali Jinnah visualised the state of Pakistan as `a homeland for the Muslims of the subcontinent`. Sadly, he did not specify precisely which sect of Muslims he...

Layers Of Deceit

THERE is something surrealabout the sense of crisis in Pakistan-US relations. Going by media reports and analyses in both countries, it would seem an American attack on...

Children In The Firing Line

COULD readers please inform me if Imran Khan and his Justice Party have been spotted carrying out a dharna, or sit-in protest, against the recent murder of four...

Pyrrhic Victories, Collateral Damage

WHEN America struck back at Al Qaeda nearly a decade ago, few disputed its right to seek vengeance for the 9/11 attacks. But in retrospect, perhaps it ought to have...

Dialectic vs Dogma

IT suddenly occurred to me the other day that I have been writing a weekly column in exactly this space for some 20 years now. By my calculation, this works out to well...

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