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Our Problem More Tangled Than We Think

We moan about symptoms and peripheral things. We are still not getting to the heart of the matter. Dunces cannot be Salahuddin Ayubis. Traders and bank-loan specialists,...

The Pretender And The Prince

Is it really happening? Or is this merely a disturbing dream that will end when one wakes up? One would have thought that years of eager anticipation and hubbub...

On National Security

National security has become a much debated issue in Pakistan. Governments – past and present – have also focused on this issue but almost every time with different...

Denizens Of a Dystopia

In medieval Europe, crowning of the Lord of Misrule was a tradition for Christmas celebrations. The peasantry drew lots for the title. Wearing a paper crown and dressed...

Party Time Again?…Memo From The US

Out with the old-three life-size portraits hanging centrepiece on the wall of the presidency with the president surrounded by his slain wife and late father-in-law; in...

Guarding Islamabad

The way a lone gunman held our capital city hostage shows the collapse of the writ of the state. While the delaying tactics of the police may have some justification,...

So The PM Sang

During the election campaign – and immediately after – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had repeatedly stated that proper management of the economy would be the top...

Wanted: Changes In The Jail Manual

The defensibility of our jails having been conclusively established – if Bannu left any doubts, Dera Ismail Khan should have dissipated them – it is time now to draw...

The Trial

Declaring a state of emergency on Nov 3, 2007, Musharraf held the constitution of Pakistan “in abeyance”. Article 6, Clause (1) in effect on November 3, 2007 did not...

Treason Trial

Given the multiple crises that the government is challenged with, on both domestic and external fronts and the desperate need to address them, Mian Nawaz Sharif’s...

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