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A Treaty To Learn From

The Indo-Pak tensions at the Line of Control (LoC) are again dying down, thankfully. Yet, like the ultimate movie cliché when the hero subdues one foe and turns his attention to another only to find the first villain reinvigorated, it is…

Capital Punishment

With regard to the debate on capital punishment, two misconceptions need to be dispelled. One, it cannot be linked to a particular creed, political system or the level of economic or technological advancement. This is corroborated by the…

Precious Rant

It was winter 1973. I was young and living in Paris. I had fallen for a French girl and run away from a dull job in London. After a few months she had left me, and I was stranded alone in the cold grey heart of Europe. Paris was bone-grey…

An Arab Spring In Turkey?

This time last year we finally had our dream of visiting Turkey fulfilled. We spent a rare, serene week in Istanbul or Constantinople as it was once known. Our hotel was in the old city, which has been a witness to the march of history for…

Let The Native Cousins Live In Peace

What a pity that a large part of the Pakistani diaspora living in advanced western economies supports, encourages, sponsors and funds religious fanaticism and political conservatism back home – advertently or inadvertently. How ironic that…

What Killed Neruda?

The recent order by a Chilean judge to exhume and then conduct an autopsy on the remains of the poet Pablo Neruda may throw light on the real cause of the death of Pablo Neruda, a Chilean writer whom Gabriel Garcia Marquez called “the…

How Fares The Land?

Deep-rooted patronage in politics is one of the major impediments to the growth of a meritocratic society due to its deleterious effects on democracy, rule of law, and incentive structures. What are the other factors, besides patronage,…

Education At The Doorstep

One of the most spectacular successes in Punjab in the last two years has gone almost unnoticed. This is the ‘almost’ complete elimination of dengue fever from Lahore and certain other parts of Punjab. This became possible due to the…

The Illusionists

In this violent and unjust world an eternal problem seems to be that the messiahs, whether secular or spiritual, succeed only for a while, if at all, and the world quietly slips back into its wicked old ways. Declarations, charters, laws…