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Nadir Hassan

Target: Pakistan – Nadir Hassan

Trust the militant nexus to take something about Pakistan that was unpleasant and turn it into a celebration of our inner strength and fortitude. The daily ceremony at Wagah was a demonstration of the militaristic male id at its most…

Advantage: Militants – Nadir Hassan

Pakistan has the unique ability to be a state so incompetent that it cannot fulfil even its most basic duties and yet manage to leave its citizens quaking in terror at how ruthless and tyrannical it can be. This may seem like a…

Qadri’s Victory – Nadir Hassan

At long last we can finally speak of Tahirul Qadri in the past tense. The Canadian cleric, perhaps sensing a graceful exit with the impending onset of Muharram, has now decided he can pack his bags and call off his increasingly irrelevant…

The Malala Haters – Nadir Hassan

Let it be said at the outset that Malala didn’t need the Nobel Peace Prize for validation. Rather it was the Nobel Committee, its reputation reeling from bestowing honours on villains, scoundrels and the irrelevant, which needed the…

Bilawal On Stage – Nadir Hassan

The most common complaint about Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, after his political inexperience and immaturity, is his comically foreign accent when speaking in Urdu. As was said – wrongly – about his mother, it has been predicted that his…

Flight To Privatisation – Nadir Hassan

The dharnas in Islamabad, distracting as they are, have been beneficial for the government in allowing it to do what little work it does in the shadows, away from a watchful public eye. The privatisation process was supposed to begin in…

Politics Of Rejection – Nadir Hassan

Inteha ho gayi inquilab ki. Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri just don’t know when to call it quits. They call for freedom and revolution, two things that are always achieved with pain, blood and sacrifice. The unfortunate Model Town incident…