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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, nurtured in the bosom of military rule, cannot become nation-saviours.…

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 promising the imminent arrival of the ‘messiah’ would have prepared one for the…

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 interpretations on what ‘national security’ means and whose job it is in…

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 like a jester, the Lord of Misrule had the authority to change or make…

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 with the new – a modest-size portrait of the Father of the Nation. Yes,…

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, the manner in which the police were deployed at the crime scene and the…

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 priority of his government. There was a great deal of anticipation that he would…

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 obvious conclusions. First is the need for jail segregation…no more…

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 describe “holding the constitution in Abeyance” as an “act of high…

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 decision to prosecute Musharraf for treason may reinforce the perception of a…