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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…

Israel commands, US obeys

In one of the more bizarre and immature displays of dysfunctional diplomacy in recent years, Washington has again refused to assist in funding Unesco. The reason for this petulant playground behaviour is that in 2011 Unesco accepted…

Mediation On Kashmir

Exchanges of fire continue across the Line of Control in Kashmir, which is regrettable because, as always, innocent people are killed in this sort of affray. There is no point in attempting to apportion blame about violations of the accord…

Censoring Opinion

China’s less-than-stellar human rights record has drawn criticism once more. In addition to continued systematic mistreatment of prisoners and the use of the death penalty, the UN human rights council has also condemned the Chinese…

The UN Is Past Its Sell-By Date

Remember Muammar Qaddafi? Of course, who could forget the inimitable colonel and his matchless antics at home and abroad! There are lessons for all those given to delusions of grandeur in the tragic end of the Libyan leader that came far…

Family, State And Labour

A recent UN report regarding the plight of senior citizens in the country should have attracted wider attention and generated a debate. Unfortunately, it was ignored, for many reasons. On October 1, the UN-backed Global Age Watch Index…

The India Bug

Most of the media comment on Nawaz Sharif’s visit last month to New York has centred on his meeting with the Indian Prime Minister on September 29. Yet, his most important engagement at the UN headquarters, potentially, could turn out to…

Nobel For Malala

By this time next week I hope the world will be celebrating the award of the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize to Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan. The winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize is expected to be announced at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in…

Smiles Trump scowls In Iran Picture

THE first direct conversation in more than 30 years between the Iranian and American heads of state ended with the words `Have a nice day, Mr President` and `Khoda Hafiz`, uttered respectively by Hassan Rouhani and Barack Obama. They were…

The Balochistan Blackout

Usually, in the wake of natural disasters, people-friendly governments tend to exaggerate, even manipulate, facts to grab attention and generate public and donor interest and outside help for relief and long-term recovery efforts. But for…