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Kashmir on fire again

Kashmir on fire again

21-May-17

It took all these years of death, torture, rape and mayhem on the hapless people of Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) for the world to finally awaken to th ...

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Our Middle East predicament

Our Middle East predicament

21-May-17

Pakistan, it seems, has permanently entangled itself into the regional power politics between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi ...

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From Kabul, with hope

From Kabul, with hope

21-May-17

Going to Kabul always bring spurts of joy, but it brings a twinge of sadness, too. After all, how long can a proud people continue battling for pea ...

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Of Ehtram-e-Ramazan and secularism

Of Ehtram-e-Ramazan and secularism

21-May-17

The amendment to the Ehtram-e-Ramazan Ordinance 1981 is worrying on many counts. To most secular-leaning people, the state’s attempt at enfor ...

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The power of international dialogue and friendship: a lesson from history

The power of international dialogue and friendship: a lesson from history

20-May-17

With President Donald Trump meeting Muslim leaders in Saudi Arabia on his first trip overseas as president it is time to ponder on the approaches a ...

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Civil-military relations post-Dawn Leaks

Civil-military relations post-Dawn Leaks

20-May-17

 

On May 10, the Dawn Leaks controversy came to an end when the DG-ISPR, Major General Asif Ghafoor, while briefing the media, said, "o ...

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Discovering Russia

Discovering Russia

20-May-17

 

In this scribe’s formative years, Kremlin, Red Square and Leningrad were shrouded in mystery. Owing to the Iron Curtain, visiti ...

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On the ICJ and its compulsory jurisdiction

On the ICJ and its compulsory jurisdiction

20-May-17

On the 18 April 2017, Pakistan notified the United Nations depository of a new declaration under the Optional Clause to the International Court of ...

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Teaching tolerance in schools

Teaching tolerance in schools

20-May-17

In a recent workshop organized by the Centre for Research and Security Studies in Islamabad, participants, mostly professors and lecturers were tak ...

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The lynching games

The lynching games

20-May-17

Last week millions of Pakistanis received a text message from their country’s telecom regulator asking them to report incidents of blasphemy. ...

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Nisar’s undergraduate blusters

Nisar’s undergraduate blusters

19-May-17

That Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan given to play to the gallery is not a new phenomenon. But of course, being a politician, he is entitled to play this w ...

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The fall of an entertainer

The fall of an entertainer

19-May-17

Sometime a mistake, a slip of tongue or a carelessly hurled joke may bring a disaster that remains irreversible no matter how carefully worded apol ...

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Pak-Iran precipice

Pak-Iran precipice

19-May-17

We have got only four immediate neighbours and, as on today, we have highly strained relations with three of them. The fourth one — China &md ...

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Return to the native names — II

Return to the native names — II

19-May-17

On the face of it, any suggestion of a change from Kashmir to Kaesheer sounds immature, and one which seems to bump on our inherited and establishe ...

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Fear of the known

Fear of the known

19-May-17

Psychology is relevant to understanding and influencing politics. The essential elements in this regard include dynamics of change, behaviourist pr ...

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Dispensing justice to the poor

Dispensing justice to the poor

19-May-17

In the first week of May 2017, ‘I’, a 12-year-old housemaid hailing from Kandh Kot was allegedly gang raped in Malir, Karachi by seven ...

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Have we done our homework on CPEC?

Have we done our homework on CPEC?

18-May-17

The Planning Commission is blowing hot and cold over the daily Dawn’s expose on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The long-term pl ...

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For pluralism, revive study of philosophy

For pluralism, revive study of philosophy

18-May-17

After the gory incident of Mashal Khan’s lynching at Abdul Wali Khan University, Mardan, there is an obvious question in the minds of most th ...

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Diluting Jinnah’s vision

Diluting Jinnah’s vision

18-May-17

Over the past weekend, Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan condemned his political opponents while comforting his supporters that he ...

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Corruption and its discontents

Corruption and its discontents

18-May-17

In 1882, German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, in his book The Gay Science, that corruption is simply the sign of the autumn of a nation. C ...

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