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New Power Balance – Zahid Hussain

THE months-long suspense was broken last week by the notso-surprising choice of a dark horse as the country`s new army chief. It was Nawaz Sharif`s way of playing safe and picking a relatively low-profile officer for the most critical and…

Put Up Or Shut Up

A TRICKLE of information has started to flow about the all-party sanctioned and military-backed talks with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Palcistan (TTP). Rana Sanaullah, the Punjab minister and one of the beacons of the governing PML-N, told the…

Nawaz And The Military

It is time we looked at and analysed the interesting consistency and change that are both part of the Nawaz Sharif we see today. As far as consistency is concerned, Nawaz’s open-door policy on electable candidates, his dependence on a…

If Only Mockery Could Work

Mockery on target can be devastating. Mockery out of place sounds hollow, rebounding on the perpetrator. It is easy to parody a self-styled Sheikh-ul-Islam in a long dress and well-rounded cap. It is less easy to parody a disciplined…

The Scope And Tapestry Of Religious Extremism

Gen Kayani’s speech at PMA Kakul on August 14 repays a close study. The war against religious extremism was our war, he said. This was the kernel of his remarks. It would have helped if this clarity had come much earlier...but better late…

The Martyrs Of Gyari

One hundred and thirty-nine brave Pakistanis, 124 of whom were members of the Pakistani army, lie buried under 80 feet of snow on the Siachen Glacier after an avalanche crashed down on a battalion headquarters at Gyari near Skardu on…

Emerging Fault Lines

The Nato attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, the response of the public as well as the ruling civil and military leadership to these attack, the memo scandal, the PML-N’s decision to take the matter to the Supreme Court, the apex…

A Land In The Grip Of Fairytales

If there is a single country across the planet endlessly obsessed with its origins – how it came to be created and on what basis – it has to be the Islamic Republic, Gen Kayani’s Fortress of Islam. Nuke capability, Allah be praised, we…