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Tying our own hands with others’ drones

Did you watch the National Assembly proceedings in which Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar and PTI leader Imran Khan jointly outsourced Pakistan’s sovereignty to the US government and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)? I did. If you don’t…

Mullah and military

GETTING mad at Munawar Hasan for attempting to subvert the resolve of our soldiers to fight the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan by challenging the moral legitimacy of their mission is one thing. Learning lessons from the Jamaat-i-Islami’s…

Countering the terror threat

Consider the theatrics of the absurd by some political clerics at the killing of the terrorist responsible for slaughtering thousands of innocent Pakistanis. It is sad that the fundamentally moderate Jamaat-e-Islami should label the…

Army Versus JI?

Pakistanis face a dangerous internal division at a time when the homeland is under attack from multiple regional proxy wars. The divided house coincides with a weak foreign policy that continues to fail to assert legitimate Pakistani…

Clarity Versus Confusion

Let’s give the local Taliban militants their due. Let’s admit, and muster courage to applaud, their clarity of mind, singleness of purpose and strength of conviction. The manner in which they swiftly selected the new leadership and restated…

Securing Pakistan

Hakeemullah Mehsud, the self-confessed killer of thousands of men, women and children, soldiers and police has finally been droned into oblivion. As far as earthly judgement is concerned, one can philosophise that those who live by bombings…

A Six-Month Timeline Is All We Have

By mid-2014 what many Pakistanis have been crying themselves hoarse about will have happened: most of the Americans in Afghanistan will have gone and we will be alone with our terrorist problem. If a residual American presence remains there…

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…

Superior But Terrified

Khayyam Mushir is like a brother to me. Being a chartered accountant, perhaps there is no other person in Islamabad of his age and in his profession, who is such a great aficionado of literature, a serious student of philosophy, a wise…

Irrational Reaction

The government finds itself in an unenviable position between the US policy of pursuing a drone war against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s threat to block Nato supplies as reprisal. The interior minister’s…