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A perilous Gulf

A perilous Gulf

When the budding Saudi Defence Minister was recently elevated to the status of the Crown Prince, it was welcomed as a positive move by most global ...

The Hasty Ban

The Hasty Ban

Interesting to say the least, this past weekend was. Chaos at the airports, and noisy demonstrators at the airports as well. Vocal people trying to ...

The treasured voice

The treasured voice

I was trying to plead my case to the Passport Officer about my mother's passport because he had some questions that I was trying to respond in my m ...

The rotten pod

The rotten pod

A very well known and astute writer, who writes in an English daily, gave his analysis praising the new civil military dichotomy. Of course, with a ...

When patriots speak

When patriots speak

The perfect example of when idiots — oops — I meant patriots, have nothing better to do is when they compete with one another to ...

Thought provoking questions

Thought provoking questions

I try to keep my mouth shut at most desi social gatherings. I try to act like a clueless and detached person and try very hard not to engage in pol ...

The cost of freedom

The cost of freedom

It is that time of the year again. Glitter and glow is in vogue. It is time to celebrate Independence Day. Each year we cross this path and each ye ...

The imaginary wolf

The imaginary wolf

What! The Judicial Commission (JC) to probe alleged rigging was not able to find any evidence of organised and planned wrongdoing — also know ...

Our own daredevil

Our own daredevil

The daredevil is perhaps having a moment of relief after all. He was shackled for almost a full month and finally gets to be back in business ...

Invisible hands at play

Invisible hands at play

Oft repeated here and in the Twitter sphere is the reality of life that the usual invisible hands are in motion to sling whatever mud they can towa ...

The wild west of our media

The wild west of our media

There is an age-old Urdu saying that, if translated into my utterly poor English, would sound like this:“A false statement is devoid of ...

The lines that really matter

The lines that really matter

Being an extremely sinful person, perhaps overwhelmed and overburdened by the huge load of his sins, all I can say is that it is quite a hefty load ...

Some pointers for the PPP

Some pointers for the PPP

The party of the people, commonly known as the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), is going through a huge transformation. No one can deny the sig ...

Painful takeaways

Painful takeaways

Not very long ago, we were subjected to two sermons each night from a cleric-cum-reformer and a green politician-cum-former cricketer. Both were en ...

The tinderbox

The tinderbox

I hold people who can figure out the politics of the Middle East in the highest regard. It is one of the most bizarre, mysterious and volatile regi ...

The usual hot air

The usual hot air

The National ‘Inaction’ Plan (NIP) has been in full force since the tragic incident at Peshawar’s Army Public School (APS). Talk ...

That dark and  blinding tunnel

That dark and blinding tunnel

In politics, timing is everything. No matter how strong your position and convictions may be, if you do not maximise your benefits while the iron i ...