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Irfan Husain

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 all the speed of a weary tortoise. Considering that this is his third…

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 had in mind. Although a Shia himself, he did not have a sectarian bone in…

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 the Haqqani network based in North Waziristan is imminent. People…

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 schoolchildren by the Taliban? The attack that also wounded 12 boys, two girls…

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 heeded that old saying: ‘Revenge is a dish best served cold’. At the time,…

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 over 1,000 op-ed pieces. And by anybody’s reckoning, this translates…

A ‘Nuclear’ Option For Karachi

IT has been widely reported that President Asif Zardari is actively mediating between Saudi Arabia and Iran because he wants to promote peace in the region. It’s a pity his concern for peace hasn’t manifested itself in his own backyard. For…

Be Careful What You Wish For

THE last few weeks have seen much gloating and many predictions about the possible decline of theUnited States. A couple of weeks ago, I joined this speculative chorus in a column (‘A mugging inWashington’; Aug 6). It is true that over the…