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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The sit-in

Capital suggestion To be certain, the PTI’s sit-ins have absolutely nothing to do with the blocking of Nato supply because sit-ins are not required to block NATO supply routes (all that is required is a police constable to do the job). To…

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…

Fata: the way ahead

IN my last article (Rethinking Fata, Oct 20), it was argued that Fata cannot be integrated with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, it cannot have a provincial status of its own because tribalism and an organised government fall on two different planes.…

Of extremes

Fleeting moments Public opinion stands divided between those who support negotiations with the Taliban and others who vehemently oppose such a move. The arguments offered on both sides are viewed differently, depending on which view one…

An Impending Tragedy

It is rather unclear how the construction of the Dasu Dam project can start in ‘six months’ when ‘due diligence analysis’ by donors, final review by the panel of experts, CCI consideration and GoP approval are still ongoing. With such large…

Irrational Reaction

The government finds itself in an unenviable position between the US policy of pursuing a drone war against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s threat to block Nato supplies as reprisal. The interior minister’s…

Rebuilding Life

It seems we can’t do much about terrorism, but we can at least mitigate the sufferings of the victims. Our hearts bleed for the victims of terror but are we doing enough for them? Is there anything else we can do? We might not be able to…

PTI And ‘Immediate Peace’

After fighting and signing peace agreements – intermittently – for more than a decade, why are we no closer to a solution in dealing with the Pakistani Taliban? The problem lies in our national tendency for wanting immediate results of our…

This Is All Right

The pendulum of political ideology has not just moved from one end to the other in Pakistan. It has completely shifted its coordinates. It was not left-centre-right in the classical sense anyway in the past as Pakistan never was a modern,…