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Afghan Endgame – BSA

Afghan endgame – BSA

The US started laying down the basic paradigms for creating the post-2014 strategic and operational environment in Afghanistan a long while ago. Its efforts took roots with the Enduring Security…

Do we really need a free press?

Can Pakistan prosper without a noisy and difficult public discourse in which it is hard to get things done because every time you try doing something big, someone publishes a…

Evaluating the response

The challenge thrown up by Covid-19 to lives and livelihoods is among the most serious facing Pakistan in recent times. While the country experienced a massive earthquake in 2005 and…

Remember the motorway rape

It is not yet a full two weeks since the gang-rape on the motorway that purportedly shocked Pakistan. Then again, it is over eighteen years since the gang-rape in a…

Domestic politics

Political activities are at a peak these days. First of all the MQM; Altaf’s thoughtless, self-centred rhetoric has become the last nail in the MQM’s coffin. We are grateful to…

Between Hope And Despair

Between hope and despair

While 2014 was a year of transition in Afghanistan, 2015 underscored the beginning of what was termed as the ‘transformation decade’ in the 2012 Tokyo Conference. The political transition was…

Are You An American?

Are you an American?

Yes, you are an American for US income tax purposes and subjected to global income and as well as financial asset reporting under Banker's Secrecy Act 1976 (BSA) and Foreign…

Seared Hearts

Seared hearts

“Would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!” wailed the stricken patriarch King David. A year ago yesterday, on Dec 16, 132 sets of parents…

Drones And Peace

Drones and peace

The use of unmanned US drones in Afghanistan has stepped up since January. With the launch of the new US counterterrorism mission, Freedom Sentinel, the ongoing and intensifying drone campaign…