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In the pit of poverty

When Malik Meraj Khalid became caretaker prime minister in November 1997, he had his first close encounter with the prime minister’s house in Islamabad. And his experience, in a sense,…

Biker takes India by storm

WHILE the visit lasted barely a day and a half, the ‘analysis’ generated by Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s decision to attend the Shanghai Conference Organisation’s Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in…

The Toshakhana’s moral vacuum

Now that the Toshakhana record for the period 2002-2022 is in the public domain, we can see how morally questionable the rules were that allowed our leaders to keep gifts…

Toshakhana: asset accumulation

The release of the list of those who received extremely expensive gifts during their official foreign tours (mostly from oil-rich Arab countries) from 2002 to 2023 has stunned a nation…