Raoof Hasan

The writer is a political and security strategist, and heads the Regional Peace Institute — an Islamabad-based think tank. Email: raoofhasan@hotmail.com. Twitter: @RaoofHasan

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The games we play

The games we play

It is generally understood that track-II engagements can potentially play an important role in bridging differences between countries. This is prim ...

Oh, these dreams!

Oh, these dreams!

Two important events stirred the imagination during last week: the Chief of the Army Staff’s address at the September 6 ceremony held at the ...

Peace comes calling

Peace comes calling

“This, therefore, is a faded dream of the time when I went down into the dust and noise of the Eastern market-place, and with my brain an ...

Indeed, a proud moment

Indeed, a proud moment

The unanimous Supreme Court decision to disqualify Nawaz Sharif could potentially unravel divergent and powerful currents in the country to rebuild ...

Naked stands the emperor

Naked stands the emperor

Well, it has taken almost thirty years for the mask to finally come off the faces of the Sharifs. And, what horrible spectacle they present!

Right-sizing the emperor

Right-sizing the emperor

Nawaz Sharif’s appearance before the Joint Investigation Tribunal (JIT) is being dubbed as an historic event. Bear with me, my friends, I nee ...

Up a blind alley

Up a blind alley

Where we stand today in the progression of our history, we are neither at liberty to take a step forward to embrace our destiny, nor can we take a ...

The method circus

The method circus

I must concede at the outset that I am increasingly sickened at the enormous capacity for the macabre on the part of our political leaderships and ...

Skulls of straw

Skulls of straw

“We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men Leaning together Headpiece filled with stra ...

From Kabul, with hope

From Kabul, with hope

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 ...

Of trash and all that

Of trash and all that

People think that a liar gains a victory over his victim. What I’ve learned is that a lie is an act of self-abdication because on ...

Time of reckoning

Time of reckoning

“They trespassed upon my thoughts. They were intruders whose knowledge of life was to me an irritating pretence, because I felt so sure t ...

The hind-leg march

The hind-leg march

  In moving from “four legs good, two legs bad” to “four legs good, two legs better”, it has taken the Apex cou ...

A call to reason

A call to reason

  “For there is but one essential justice which cements society, and one law which establishes this justice. This law is right re ...

Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot

“Was I sleeping while the others suffered? Am I sleeping now? Tomorrow, when I wake up, or think I do, what shall I say of today? ...

‘Has the time come?’

‘Has the time come?’

For a good number of months, I thought it was counterproductive writing as it appeared to carry little weight. Instead, in a way, it added to one&r ...