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Only Visits won’t Do – Ayaz Wazir

The chief of army staff (COAS) made brief stopovers at Wana, Miramshan in south and north Waziristan soon after taking charge – a clear message to all that he attaches great importance to the two Waziristans. We have to wait and see till he…

Meetings With A Legend – Rafat Mahdi

Nelson Mandela has passed away and the world is suddenly orphaned. This towering icon of icons once described his eventful life as a “long walk to freedom”. This was an understatement for his life was one of struggle. Yet in a strange way…

Musharraf And The Media – Ayaz Amir

What exactly is our problem when it comes to discussing the status of the media? Do we suffer from short memories? Or are we purposely selective with the truth? The Pakistani media today is more electronic than print…meaning to say that the…

Takht-e-Lahore – M Saeed Khalid

It will do a lot of good to people living in the big urban centres to venture out in the countryside. The realisation hit me after a three-day journey to the fertile heartland of central Punjab. The towns in such areas face myriad problems…

View from Brussels

THE government and textile magnates are visibly happy that from next year Pakistan is likely to start earning extra revenue from its exports to the European Union. They will do themselves considerable good by paying due attention to the…

For Imran to be effective – Ayaz Wazir

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his political party, the PML-N, won the May 11 elections on the promises of resolving all the major crises the country is beset with. On top of the list of problems the party promised it would take on was…

Dependence And Distrust

The joint statement issued on the conclusion of Prime Minister Sharif’s recent visit to the US abounds in encouraging phrases, such as ‘enduring partnership’, ‘shared goals’ and ‘mutual interest and respect.’ Such nice words, though they…

Moving Out Of Af-Pak

TOMORROW Pal(istan`s prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, will meet President Barack Obama in Washington, to signal Islamabad`s renewed interest in a broad-based relationship with the US. This will be the first opportunity for both leaders to size…

Roads and Rulers

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif thinks big – especially when it comes to construction works and notably road-building. His two previous tenures in government have left behind mega road projects, including the motorway which winds its way across…