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Shafqat Mehmood

A Great Boost To Democracy

It has been a long time coming, but finally Imran has won a seat at the high table of politics. The crowd attracted by him in Lahore was massive. Let us not be stingy. It may well have been the largest crowd ever attracted to…

Collapse Of Moral Framework

Abdus Sattar Edhi is a good man. Some may even call him a saint, and with reason. He has done more for the common folk of this country than anyone living or dead. When such a man calls for a limited military intervention, there is reason to…

Seeking That Elusive National Interest

I am in the midst of something that can only be called development envy. Travelling in South East Asia and seeing the gleaming towers of prosperity of its great cities, is a stark reminder, once again, of how far others have leaped ahead.…

Talking Peace With Militants

While the All Parties Conference has been hooted off by most observers as a ‘support for the military’ exercise, it had an interesting new twist. Perhaps on Imran Khan’s insistence, it includes a resolve to talk peace with militants. This…

We Need Wisdom, Not Emotional Rants

Thank you indeed, Admiral Mullen, because you have allowed all the jingoists to crawl out of the woodwork and beat war drums. The delusional framework is so easy to adopt that almost everyone – even the ones that should know better, like…

Pakistan At A Crossroads Again

The Haqqani network is like a bone stuck in our throats: can’t spit it out, can’t swallow it. With the US pressure ramped up to a level where threats of military strikes plus boots on the ground are being trotted out, the Pakistani…

Fighting Nature And Ineptitude

Dengue has crept up in Punjab like an insidious plague. Thousands are stricken, some have died. It may not always kill but leaves a debilitating residue. It is the new curse pervading our psyche. There is nothing stealthy about the hard…

Karachi’s Can Of Worms

Karachi’s can of worms has been opened wide by the theatrical histrionics of Zulfiqar Mirza. Despite a series of gaffes – ranging from the killings he ordered to confessing his ownership of vast properties thanks to President Zardari –…

Intellectual Slogans And Reality

The bleeding wound of Karachi is a reminder of the dire straits the country is in. Is it just the nostalgia of an older generation or were we actually quite well managed in the past, perhaps even up to the 80s? There is little doubt that we…

Bureaucracy, Politicians And Democracy

Caught between demands of political masters and directives of the Supreme Court, another director general FIA has resigned. He is the third chief of the premier investigation agency to depart in a year. This is the visible head of a much…