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Badly Wanted: MOU On Terrorism

Since the glory days of the Zardari presidency, Pakistan’s premier industry, beating all others, has been the signing of MOUs (memorandums of understanding). The MOUs he signed with various countries would fill several shelves of any…

Learning From The Turks…Side-Effect

In this age of armed conflicts and global terrorism, threats and insecurity, perhaps there is one country where you land with a dark green passport and you are treated with warmth and respect. You are neither seen with unusual suspicion nor…

Which Planet Does Pakistan Inhabit?

Massacre in Cairo, blood in the streets, hundreds dead. But you would suspect nothing of this from TV channels here. Rains, yes, and coverage of that necessary. But endless talk-shows about ‘kya khoya, kya paaya?’ on Independence Day, very…

Islamists Under Fire

How time flies! Ramazan is nearly gone and Eid is here before one could really celebrate the blessed month. This has been another Ramazan spent away from home and loved ones. And let me say this folks: it’s not easy spending the month of…

PML-N VS The Channels Of Non-Delivery

One of the starkest differences in the pre- and post-election scenario is the sense of urgency and hunger for action that comes across from the key actors in government. Former prime ministers Gilani and Ashraf may have had their strengths…

From Taksim to Tahrir

History ordinarily moves at a slow pace but as nations reach the point when change is overdue, this slow march can turn into a gallop. Situations evolve gradually till they reach the point of implosion but still need a trigger. Erdogan's…