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Taj M Khattak

Democracy And Corruption – Taj M Khattak

For the past two months, the national discourse has remained polarised between those who captured the state’s resources after last year’s election and now strongly advocate the cause of democracy and those hurling allegations of corruption…

Curse Of The IEDs – Taj M Khattak

Pakistan has been in the grip of brutal and senseless attacks by militants using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) for some time now. In the latest attack, 27 security personnel were martyred and 38 others injured when a private vehicle…

The Community Is – Taj M Khattak

The last few days witnessed two very sad but significant events in quick succession. In a small village called Ibrahimzai in Hangu, 15-year-old Aitizaz Hasan, triumphed over terrorists by stopping one of them from entering his school, thus…

‘Justice’ In Dhaka – Taj M Khattak

When Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid invited President Nelson Mandela to visit Bangladesh in 1997 for the 25th anniversary of the country’s independence, it appeared to be a signal of a new direction towards reconciliatory politics away…

Of Chiefs – Taj M Khatak

Nawaz Sharif, in selection of the incumbent chief of the army staff, has once again fallen for instincts of personal preferences as opposed to the choices thrown up by institutional process. True, seniority is not a Quranic injunction but…

A Changed Man?

Millions of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s supporters woke up on election day to what legendary cricket commentator (late) Omer Qureshi would have described as “...it is a bright sunny day here and Pakistan has elected to bat”. In the end,…