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A Civil War?

A civil war?

Pakistan has slipped into a civil war without quite realising how it happened and where it will end. An imported and assiduously pedalled dogma, but now nurtured within, has petrified…

The Fog Of Civil War

The fog of civil war

The veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi began his Syrian peace mission on a sombre note this week, having previously described his chances of success as negligible. He wasn’t being unduly…

Towards A Quasi Military-civilian Regime

Towards a quasi military-civilian regime

he prime minister is embroiled in a crisis every other day as real power slips away from him and shifts to a powerful and consistent space-grabber. Are we witnessing a…

Civilians In The War Zone

Civilians in the war zone

We are constantly being exhorted to treat the war on terror as our own war and not theirs (the Americans’). We are told to own it. From that one deduces…

Civilian Cost Of War

Civilian cost of war

Jan Mohammed, from Bajaur, lost his young daughter during Pakistani military operations last year. “In the evening, artillery started raining shells on the mountains … one of the shells landed…

Weak states and war

War is the most abominable act committed by a state and the most undesirable action to resolve interstate conflicts. Modern theories of international relations revolve around diplomatic means to resolve…

Keyboard warriors

FIRST, a disclaimer: the premise for this piece is narrow, but it speaks to a larger problem within Pakistani public life. The number of people to whom this critique applies…

Civil servants in the dock

THE senior and mid-career civil servants gathered at a lunch all had tales of woe to tell. Their frustration was palpable. It was not just about constant political interference weakening…

Towards peace

THE US and the Afghan Taliban on Feb 29 signed a peace deal whereby the US will reduce its troop deployment to Afghanistan from 13,000 to 8,600, with the prospect…