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National development and the armed forces

Random thoughts In some of my previous columns I had suggested that the army take an active, practical part in the development of the country. Peace and law and order…

Media And The Armed Forces

Media and the armed forces

The new way of making war, the projection of “soft power,” is cynical in that it involves millions of people in the persuasion effort. The lords of this new media…

Victims of terrorism

Our country plunged into deep sorrow and gloom on December 16, 2014 when terrorists attacked Army Public School in Peshawar and killed hundreds of children and members of the school’s…

The crisis of quality in education

A recent article in these pages by a former HEC chairman paints a rosy picture of the policies introduced during his tenure (2002-2008), and criticises me for reversing some of…

Rahimullah Yusufzai

With the death of Rahimullah Yusufzai, a chapter of journalism in the South Asian region has ended forever. I was lucky to have known him, and, over the years, I…

Lest we forget

As the Taliban flag once again flutters across Afghanistan, there is natural worry in Pakistan regarding the potential impact here of the latest turn of events in the neighbouring country.…

Manifestations of raw power

A LOT of vehicles across Pakistan, particularly in Islamabad and other larger cities, have number plates that are different from the majority as a reminder of the position of distinction…