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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Poverty And Militancy – Owen Bennett-Jones

This week five years ago Ajmal Kasab was sitting nervously in a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) safe house in Karachi. His Mumbai mission had been postponed after waves...

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...

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...

What if the right was right – M Saeed Khalid

As election results started trickling on the evening of May 11, a shift to the right was discernible. By next morning, the centre-left parties had suffered a massive...

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...

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