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Purging Candidates

The concept of pre-selection of candidates running for public office in Pakistan is a welcome development. It’s a small step forward in a failed democratic system where corrupt and inefficient candidates often succeed in holding important…

How Peace Eludes Karachi

The paramilitary rangers and the police have apparently geared up action against criminals and terrorists in Karachi in the run-up to the May 11 general elections, but the streets of this restive port city continue to remain dangerous and…

The TTP And Jirgas

If empty talks and statements could solve problems, Pakistan would have been a model of development. Disregarding the half-baked solutions given by half-baked intellectuals, the need for effective policies regarding militancy in Pakistan…

Remembering Qazi Hussain Ahmed

People who fight for a cause deserve praise. And someone with a lifelong commitment towards a cause is worthy of respect. Qazi Hussain Ahmed was one such person. He passed away on January 6, just six days short of his 75th birthday. His…

TTP’s Most Lethal Weapon

Denialistanis’ are all around us, they look, walk and talk like us. Most have a green passport and quite a few have maroon and blue ones as well. But what sets ‘denialistanis’ apart from the rest is the way in which they process bad news;…

Stories Of Deaths Foretold

Like the prediction of the Mayan calendar, stating the world would end on December 21, 2012, many had also forecast that Bashir Ahmed Bilour, a senior minister in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Awami National Party-led government would die. A man…

Nationals Of Convenience

Last month saw a flurry of feverish activity to get the approval of the Senate to the Constitution (22nd Amendment) Bill. This bill, which in its original version sought to lift the bar on the election of holders of dual nationality to…

Bilour’s Call

It is surprising that many people were shocked when Railways Minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour announced a head bounty of $100,000 for the American filmmaker of the blasphemous movie. One only had to recall the elderly Bilour’s previous…

Hate

Hate is backfiring. We are burning down our own homes. We are killing our own brothers. September 21 was hate’s ultimate victory Hate now sells like hotcakes. Why? Because, we readily buy it. Why do we readily buy hate? Consider the…