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Dark clouds

Dark clouds

The sunshine that resulted from the improved security situation in Pakistan in the wake of the civil-military concord of the past couple of years h ...

Here come the crazies

Here come the crazies

For decades now, the international community has looked at terrorism as something external and far-removed. Seldom have there been coordinated and ...

Bloody skies

Bloody skies

When we were children, we used to look up at the skies every time we heard an airplane cruising above the atmosphere. We marvelled with glee at the ...

The local dilemma

The local dilemma

Last week, the democratic government in Pakistan achieved a bit of a landmark when the first phase of the local government elections was finally he ...

The Syrian quagmire

The Syrian quagmire

Among the many challenges the contemporary world collectively faces today, a significant one is that of combating radicalism and terrorism. Borne o ...

No choice

No choice

While the residents of Karachi may have had to bear with soaring temperatures in the past couple of days, the city’s biggest political party ...

A very red October

A very red October

In the past few days, revelations about the presence of Russian military advisors in Syria have grabbed the attention of many. While academics and ...

Campaign fever

Campaign fever

Elections have always held an important place in the study of politics. All over the world, with all kinds of variations in electoral rules, the nu ...

The darkest hour

The darkest hour

Immigration is by no means a new issue for the European Union (EU). As of early last year, almost 34 million immigrants of ‘non-nationa ...

The everyday circus

The everyday circus

It has been well over two years since the 2013 general elections but the ‘mandate’ debate is still far from settled. The PML-N was hopi ...

A bittersweet verdict

A bittersweet verdict

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan, struck down the challenges to the legitimacy of the 18 and 21 Amendments to the Constitutio ...

A moment for introspection

A moment for introspection

In a couple of days from today, we will be celebrating Pakistan’s Independence Day on August 14. It has been a journey of 68 years for us so ...

The turning tide

The turning tide

Death has a way of throwing the most intricately plotted plans out of the window. Forever the kryptonite to human ambition, its finality is unmatch ...

Iran’s moment

Iran’s moment

After a tumultuous relationship with the west, one that has seen the Iranians face numerous hardships, things finally seem to be on the mend now, a ...

A forsaken cause?

A forsaken cause?

Kashmir, the land that both Pakistan and India claim to be inseparable from their respective territories, has been conspicuously absent from ...

The Afghan imbroglio

The Afghan imbroglio

Things are heating up on the western front as the situation in Afghanistan gets more and more volatile with each passing day. After an intense wint ...

The pious and the perverse

The pious and the perverse

We are past the halfway mark in the month of Ramzan 2015, and soon we will be in the final stretch. This year round, fasting has been particularly ...

Staying relevant

Staying relevant

Politics is a wickedly brutal game. The players involved have to risk life and limb just to stay relevant because being out of sight and out of min ...

Mission accomplished?

Mission accomplished?

The Pakistan army is in the midst of finalising its plan for the conclusive phase of the Zarb-e-Azab operation, which was launched a year ago in No ...

Managing the future

Managing the future

Of all the times in Pakistan’s historywhen it has been pertinent to not mess up, the next couple of years are going to be the most crucial an ...

Wholesome to gruesome

Wholesome to gruesome

Last week, the hard work of investigators hot on the heels of the perpetrators of the Safoora Goth tragedy was rewarded when four individuals, alle ...

Republic of suffering

Republic of suffering

It is becoming increasingly clear that sooner or later, all of us will have to resign to a fate of perpetual fear and endless violence in our ...

Let the games begin

Let the games begin

The fact that the ruling PML-N regime has yet to remove all questions regarding its legitimacy, even after the passage of two years since the last ...

Let silence ring

Let silence ring

The winds of change, it seems, have forsaken Pakistan for the time being. The days that are to come will perpetuate the cycle of violence that has ...

False dawn?

False dawn?

Last week, the uneasy Pakistani government received a much-needed vote of confidence at a crucial time from perhaps its only-remaining ally, region ...

Race to the bottom

Race to the bottom

Just as the invention of the printing press heralded a new era of improved access to information in centuries past, the dawn of the internet age wa ...

Winds of change

Winds of change

In a rare glimpse of what diplomacy can achieve when it is exercised with much gusto, the world saw Iran successfully limit (read legitimise) its n ...

Haunting favours

Haunting favours

The tensions between the ruling regime and the rebels in Yemen had been slowly simmering away but now they have reached boiling point and the conse ...

Open Sesame!

Open Sesame!

In one-way or another, we are all storytellers. A few take the profession too literally, but most of us suffice with composing our life experiences ...

The days to come

The days to come

Any hopes that one might have had about this year being a better one for us than the last have been quelled in just the first couple of weeks. In t ...

Role of Economics in Politics

Role of Economics in Politics

Much ado has been made in Pakistan and elsewhere about the recent visit of US President Barack Obama to India, and for good reasons. Apart from the ...

Crisis central

Crisis central

It is funny how some buzzwords manage to be ever-present and yet escape our cognitive radars. We hear such words all the time but never stop to thi ...