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Abbas Nasir

The Less Said The Better

OUR military and its various arms and agencies believe they have what it takes to formulate and execute the country`s foreign and national security policies. The recent multiparty conference, rather fallaciously called all-party conference…

One-Size-Fits-All Resolution?

HE `consensus`resolution adopted by the rnultiparty conference after daylong discussions could have been a perfect fit for its instigators and participants had it not been for Baloch dissent. We all know what the resolution said. The first…

Improbable But Not Impossible

MANY Pakistanis will struggle with what to make of the latest statement of the retiring chairman of the US joint chiefs, Adm Mil(e Mullen, before the US Senate Armed Services Committee. Mullen, who has often talked about his close…

What’s Faith Got To Do With It?

WE are paying for our sins (hamare gunahon/aamaal ka khamyazah). Pray tell me how many times have you heard this explanation for the country’s current travails? Be it the floods ravaging the Sindh countryside or dengue fever spreading panic…

The Not-So Lone Ranger

LASHKARI Raisani made a rather dramatic announcement last week in Quetta when he said that Baloch insurgents had contacted him and appeared prepared to join the political mainstream. The statement immediately caught the eye of the Baloch…

At What Price Reconciliation?

CHRISTINE is our neighbour and, upon our return last week from a trip abroad, we noticed a brand new car parked in her driveway. Returning home from an Eid lunch a few days later, we saw her getting into her car and stopped to congratulate…

If Wishes Were Horses…

IMRAN Khan was mocking Asif Zardari’s so-called political reconciliation policy and slamming the president’s avowed philosophy of there being ‘no last word’ in politics. But, in a televised discussion, he mispronounced ‘harfi-akhir’ as…

A Modest Aspiration

COVADONGA appears magically before you. The last sharp bend in the mountain road doesn’t take you into a seemingly thick forest of trees, foliage and shrubbery. But you are staring at a towering rock. Dozens of steps carved out of the…