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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…

Marked – Brian Cloughley

A deranged Taliban ‘revolutionary’, Shahidullah Shahid, recently took it upon himself to lecture the people of Pakistan about patriotism, which might be amusing were it not so nauseating. During his melodramatic video message, in which he…

New Power Balance – Zahid Hussain

THE months-long suspense was broken last week by the notso-surprising choice of a dark horse as the country`s new army chief. It was Nawaz Sharif`s way of playing safe and picking a relatively low-profile officer for the most critical and…

Better Inside The Tent – Zafar Hilaly

By the time General Kayani became the army chief in November 2007 he had been so long in the public eye as DG ISI; VCOAS, etc, that most felt they knew him. His intelligence, hard work, sangfroid and flexibility earned him a lot of deserved…

Saviour To Victim – Babar Sattar

WE are a strange people. We welcomed Musharraf as a saviour in 1999. He did what most rulers do: focused solely on selfaggrandisement. He got us riled up enough by 2007 that we rose up against him in the name of rule of law and democracy…

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…

For Imran to be effective – Ayaz Wazir

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his political party, the PML-N, won the May 11 elections on the promises of resolving all the major crises the country is beset with. On top of the list of problems the party promised it would take on was…

Fazlullah’s ascent

THE ascendancy of Mullah Fazlullah as the chief of the banned militant outfit Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has raised several questions. The death of Hakeemullah Mehsud in a drone strike on Nov 1 and Fazlullah’s taking over the TTP is…