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Better Inside The Tent – Zafar Hilaly

By the time General Kayani became the army chief in November 2007 he had been so long in the public eye as DG ISI; VCOAS, etc, that most felt they knew him. His intelligence, hard work, sangfroid and flexibility earned him a lot of deserved…

Ironies That Escape Us

Musharraf’s trials and tribulations are of little concern to most of us. Indeed his name now evokes a sense of boredom…what, him again? He had a great time of it when in power. Down and out on his luck, and if he made the mistake of coming…

The grand Player

The bar for a successful chief of army staff is very low in Pakistan. So long as you don’t show so much disdain for democracy that you do away with it altogether you have done better than most. This is why, in the six weeks left before he…

The Foreign Hand

FISHING in troubled waters is the unfortunate rule and not the exception in strategic thinking. Add to that the concept that an enemy of an enemy is a friend. And that in a nutshell explains our foreign hand problem. Pakistan is in the eye…

When Words Fail

What is one to say? What really is there to say? A general, commanding a div, gets killed in Upper Dir by a roadside bomb, along with a lieutenant colonel and a lance naik. The Taliban, never ones to beat about the bush, claim…

Getting To Know This Circus

I really thought we weren’t getting it, not grasping the reality of this circus. I am glad to report I was wrong. Hilarious takes on what this government is about are beginning to appear, from which the tentative conclusion can be drawn…

Whither Security?

After the DI Khan disaster, the loss of police officers in Quetta, the targeted killings in Balochistan and the attack on the ISI’s Sukkur centre, is the government waiting for some even greater national catastrophe before it finally…

Restructuring Intelligence

The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) of the UK ‘monitors communications worldwide for intelligence purposes’, and works under the foreign secretary. The British parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee oversees the…

The Uncertain Adventure That Now Begins

So most of us got it wrong...I certainly did, expecting an Imran Khan surge that did not come. Just a fortnight before the voting the received wisdom on most pundit lips was hung parliament. Goes to show how conventional wisdom and reality…