Babar Ayaz

The writer can be reached and at ayazbabar@gmail.com. He is author of What’s Wrong With Pakistan?

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Democracy hangs in the air

Democracy hangs in the air

Trajectories of tragic events in Pakistan have sidelined some of the fundamental political issues of the country. One of the most important issues, ...

MQM in need of metamorphosis

Once again the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) is in the midst of a storm. Political pundits are having a good time on prime time talk shows guessin ...

Half the truth

Half the truth

Once again, the debate about civil-military relations is raging in the media. The cue has been taken from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR ...

Three bits of good news

Three bits of good news

After a long diplomatic drought Pakistan has finally seen two monsoon showers. I cannot call it rain as it is still too optimistic and early ...

Extremism breeds terrorism

Extremism breeds terrorism

It is seldom that journalists from the print and electronic media take time out to reflect and introspect on the crucial issues they cover on a day ...

Load shedding will not go away

Load shedding will not go away

Pakistan is faced with many crises. While terrorism is at the top of the crises list, which has to be dealt with by the government, the second plac ...

Pakistan-India: common woes

Pakistan-India: common woes

Siamese-twins — Pakistan and India — may not have their fortunes in common, but they have many common woes. This is the impression one ...

Haqqani is a bad boy!

Haqqani is a bad boy!

Ambassador Husain Haqqani is a bad, bad boy! So, when he resigned following the disclosure of a non-paper allegedly dictated by him and sent by his ...

Press Freedom Day 2011

Press Freedom Day 2011

“If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and one, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified ...

Don’t let peace be defeated

Don’t let peace be defeated

A piece of peace won and a bit of cricket lost at Mohali in India last week. Let us talk about the latter first because I know little about the gam ...

After 71 years

After 71 years

Last week, the country officially celebrated the 71st anniversary of the 1940 Pakistan Resolution. This day is also known as Pakistan Day. The trut ...

A pound of flesh from the US

Will the multi-dimensional case of trigger-happy Raymond Davis be the game changer in Pakistan? Will the case of Salmaan Taseer’s killing by ...

A peep into rural Pakistan

A peep into rural Pakistan

Getting out of mega-cities and visiting villages and rural towns is an opportunity every journalist, worth his/her salt, cannot miss. So when the C ...

Karachi’s ethnic cleansing

Karachi’s ethnic cleansing

Two journalists have died in the last few days — one was young Wali Khan Babar who was targeted by unknown assailants, the other was octogena ...