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Elusive Pursuits – Asna Ali

Inalienable rights as defined by the United States Declaration of Independence are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These are the non-negotiable and necessary civil liberties that sovereign societies all over the world accept as…

Uneasy Unload

During the run-up to Election 2013, the phrase ‘baba ta easy load ka’ (send baba some easy load) had become the bane of the ANP’s existence. Talk about the 800 martyrs of ANP and the response would be: “yes, but baba ta easy load ka”.…

Curtailing Due Process

EVEN after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif`s signal for the speedy enactment of the amendments proposed in the AntiTerrorism Act of 1997, it should be possible to ponder the consequences of nibbling away at the due process of law. Accounts of…

A Partnership That Delivers

US Secretary of State John Kerry underscored the United States’ long-term commitment to Pakistan during his August 1 visit to Islamabad. Secretary Kerry knows this commitment well since he was one of the authors of the Kerry-Lugar-Berman…

The Scandal

The surveillance scandal has now reached the United Nation’s Human Rights Council, which opened its 24th session to a volley of questions about privacy and spying, many of them targeted at the United States and the United Kingdom. (That's…

Limitations Of Power

x, `I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets`. But he went on to say that he had also made a second decision and that was `to seek authorisation for the use of force from the American…

The Twilight Zone

According to the New York Times, the NSA is searching the content of virtually every email that comes into or goes out of the United States without a warrant. To accomplish this astonishing invasion of Americans' privacy, the NSA reportedly…

Who’s Afraid Of Zinn?

A recent Associated Press expose -- drawing on e-mails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act -- revealed that in 2010, Mitch Daniels, then Indiana’s Republican governor, covertly set out to ban Howard Zinn’s best-selling A People’s…

The Killing Skies

"There's no country on Earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders." (The president of the United States, November 18 2012) Well said, President Obama. I have heard ad nauseam about the…

Yes Minister

I received a surprise call on the evening of March 23 from the protocol officer of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government asking for my correct name. When I asked why, the person at the other end congratulated me and said that I should reach the…