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A Six-Month Timeline Is All We Have

By mid-2014 what many Pakistanis have been crying themselves hoarse about will have happened: most of the Americans in Afghanistan will have gone and we will be alone with our terrorist problem. If a residual American presence remains there…

Women Against ‘Gang War’ (II)

Criminal designs, collusion and mistrust: The sisters of Ibrahim and Shoaib, the murdered activists of Kucchi Rabita Committee (KRC) in Lyari, testify to the collusion of the law-enforcement with ‘Gang War’. They allege that their brothers…

Compassion Fatigue

Pretty soon the general elections of 2013 will be a distant memory. The government will retreat to its offices, to do what it does, and the people... well, they’ll carry on too. But life’s pretty rough these days for the common Pakistani.…

The MQM’s Dilemma

The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has been undergoing a massive organisational shake-up these days as its founder and supreme leader Altaf Hussain declared a crusade against crime and corruption within the party ranks. Many office-bearers…

First They Came For The Communists…

It was a cold, misty evening in Karachi some months ago. At a friend’s place, Zahra Shahid Hussain was trying to convince a motley group of PTI enthusiasts and critics from different social and professional backgrounds on why Imran Khan…

Words And Violence

In his reaction to Altaf Hussain’s controversial statement – that Karachi should be separated from Pakistan if the MQM mandate is not acceptable – the British High Commissioner Adam Thomson emphasised British zero tolerance for such…

Change Of Sorts

As a Pakistani who exercised his right to change, my gratitude goes to all those who contributed to the successful conduct of Election 2013. To start with, President Zardari should be commended for giving up not only his party post but also…

Electoral Surprise

Other than the ‘electables’ of the feudal kind, every province has its own ethnic, racial and sectarian electoral dynamics. Our extremely defective ‘first-past-the-post’ system force-multiplies the problems of governance. Out of the nearly…

New Faces

Since the 1980s, British democracy produced nine prime ministers, two of them – Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair – elected for three consecutive terms each based on their popularity. All of them served their terms and left to make space for…