Category: Zafar Hilaly

Putting Up The Naya Pakistan Show – Zafar Hilaly

We have a tendency to confuse the ‘nation’ with the ‘state’ and to imagine they are one and the same. In other words, to think of the two as a collective entity...

Sleeping On Containers Leads To Strange Ideas – Zafar Hilaly

“Surely we are not as bad as Nigeria?”, asked an op-ed piece in an English language daily on Sunday, which reminded me of my sojourn in Nigeria, and how I...

There’s Something About Qadri – Zafar Hilaly

Come August 14, and many are wondering how it will all end. Will Imran Khan stoop? Will Nawaz conquer? Or will the military say ‘a plague on both your houses’ and...

Friends In Afghanistan – Zafar Hilaly

Hamid Karzai has declared his willingness to jointly fight terrorism provided Pakistan accepts his seven conditions for cooperation, one of which requires Pakistan (and...

The Bureaucrats – Zafar Hilaly

Few bureaucracies enjoy a good reputation for efficiency, creativity or innovation. In almost every country the bureaucracy is viewed poorly and bureaucrats are written...

Getting Down To The Only Option – Zafar Hilaly

So the die is finally cast. The holy of Taliban holies, North Waziristan, the dark heart of Fata, is to be cleansed of terrorists. That’s just as well because if what...

Kashmir Through The Ages – Zafar Hilaly

In 1947 de-colonisation was in full swing; Rooseveltian ideas and liberal thinking gripped the world – even Stalin supported self-determination. And as the old empires...

Asking For The Moon – Zafar Hilaly

The Americans are done and dusted and are set to leave Afghanistan when the year ends. They won’t return unless someone gets it into his turban to flatten Georgetown...

Masters Of The Art Of Fooling Ourselves – Zafar Hilaly

The election of Narendra Modi, a hugely controversial and polarising figure, bodes ill for peace in the region. Some feel a Modi victory is like a declaration of war....

A People’s Army – Zafar Hilaly

Pakistan has no depth of defence. Hence, to protect ourselves against a larger and powerful enemy we had two options – to develop an irresistible deterrence or to arm...

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