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Sentenced To Deformity – Brian Cloughly

When I was a small boy in Scotland, a long time ago, there was a much-feared disease called infantile paralysis. Nobody I knew contracted it, but when you visited...

Living in the land of the dead

Death has come to mean more than life in our country. The bitter quarrel over martyrdom continues, following the declaration by Syed Munawar Hassan, the chief of the...

The Fog Of Peace

Many narratives led to the decisions taken at the APC. These narratives have resulted in what one could call the fog of peace, since they have misguided many and created...

Deadly Confusion

Not long after a general, a lieutenant-colonel and a lance naik lost their lives to ‘our people in the tribal areas’ or ‘the stakeholders’, we have seen the...

An Anything Goes Society

While some are celebrating the peaceful transfer of power from one elected civilian regime to another, many feel their stomachs churning. We claim to exalt noble ideals,...

Extremism Is What Matters; All Else Is Secondary

Punjab, heart and soul of Pakistan, will it also now be the death of Pakistan? Dangerous thought but relevant question because the land of the five rivers, now also the...

The Times That Await US

The seeds that we have sown, and some scattered by the howling winds. What will come of this? Of what shape the future when another foreign army, drinking from the cup...

From Cairo With A Caveat

Angry about the near total absence of public security, the desperate state of the economy and an increase in sectarian tensions…” Stop! Is this Pakistan? Every...

We Are At War

Until the late 1970s Shias and Sunnis lived in complete harmony in this country. There were sporadic, minor incidents of Shia-Sunni violence but generally there was no...

The Shadow Over Pakistan

The Soviet pullout from Afghanistan in 1989 was a triumph for our military establishment. The ISI and the Zia regime, while not solely responsible for that outcome, had...

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