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Simply Khan – M Saeed Khalid

The skipper is miffed because no one wants to play. The gauntlet thrown on Peshawar’s Ring Road fell by the wayside. Neither Islamabad nor Washington cared to pick it up. Both were irritated but chose not to overreact. Some days passed…

Isolation – Shireen M Mazari

It is amusing, albeit a trifle irritating too, to see commentators – as opposed to analysts – giving out half truths to try and prove something that is factually incorrect. Farrukh Saleem is a master of using selective data to put forward…

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…

Whither PTI? – Nadir Hassan

Nothing good has ever come from a marauding militia roaming the streets menacingly demanding of anyone who crosses their path, “Papers, please?” The sinister belief that patriotism can be judged by papers has now slunk into Peshawar,…

Fazlullah’s war

Shortly after 9/11, when the US bombing campaign had begun in Afghanistan, a force comprising 8,000 fighters from NWFP crossed the Durand line, hoping to find and kill American soldiers. Many were barefoot, some were as young as 16. Several…

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…

Heads We Lose, Tails You Win

There is only one ironclad rule of gambling and that is that the gambler always loses. You can mark cards or play with loaded dice but eventually you will be found out. Ever since the war on terror was declared by the US we have been trying…

Uneasy Unload

During the run-up to Election 2013, the phrase ‘baba ta easy load ka’ (send baba some easy load) had become the bane of the ANP’s existence. Talk about the 800 martyrs of ANP and the response would be: “yes, but baba ta easy load ka”.…