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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…

The Litmus Test For Nawaz

Nawaz Sharif will be visiting New York this week to address the UN General Assembly and hold meetings on the sidelines with leaders of several other countries. Among the bilaterals, the most closely-watched would be the…

Fight Bigotry

Zimbabwe recently beat Pakistan at cricket, which is verging on national tragedy, but the main point in mentioning the match is to note that it was played in Harare, not in Islamabad, Lahore or Karachi. The days are gone when foreign teams…

Resolve, Not Resolutions

The third all-parties conference convened by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took place in Islamabad on September 9. Leaders of all major political parties gathered along with the military leadership to chalk out a future course of action for…

The New Governance

Are earnest, well-meaning people no shortage of this breed here – still missing the trick? When this government wants to do something it goes ahead and does it. Nearly five billion dollars to those patriots called ‘independent power…

The Achakzai Recipe

The struggle for democracy has been going on since the creation of Pakistan but gets derailed for one reason or the other – and then we are back to square one. Although we often blame the generals for that, and rightly so, but let’s be fair…

The Unpredictable Hamid Karzai

Hamid Karzai was welcomed in Islamabad on Monday with a 21-gun salute in accordance with the ceremonious and absurdly meaningless usages of protocol. But in a sense the booming of the heavy artillery was fraught with unintended symbolism.…

Trusting The Enemy

In his recent interview with the Daily Telegraph Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif emphasised his “mandate for peace with India.” Asserting that the arms race must end and outstanding issues be resolved through peaceful means if “we have to…

Balochistan’s Missing Money

Natural resources account for a large share of Balochistan’s wealth. Since 1952, Pakistan has been extracting large quantities of gas and coal and, more recently, copper-gold from Balochistan. However, the bleak socio-economic indicators in…

Guarding Islamabad

The way a lone gunman held our capital city hostage shows the collapse of the writ of the state. While the delaying tactics of the police may have some justification, the manner in which the police were deployed at the crime scene and the…