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Common Interests

Common interests

For a country in which public banter about the rapaciousness of the ‘elite’ is so common, we spend very little time trying to understand what the ‘elite’ actually looks like,…

A Post- Soleimani Region

A post- Soleimani region

Politics in the Middle East has taken an ugly turn after the assassination of top Iranian military commander General Qassem Soleimani at the hands of the US. Iran responded quickly…

TTP resurgence?

RESPONSIBLE for some of the most ferocious attacks inside Pakistan, the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan’s destructive capabilities seem to have diminished. There are many who wonder about the whereabouts of the group…

The Middle East Problem

The Middle East problem

When Saddam Hussein first invaded Kuwait in 1990 and the coalition of the willing was formed under a UN proclamation of war against him, Pakistan faced a similar predicament as…

Taking Saarc Out Of The Baby Pool

Taking Saarc out of the baby pool

SAARC began as a childish prank to corner the big boy in the neighbourhood. Gen Ziaur Rahman who conceived it and Gen Hossein Mohammed Ershad who hosted the first meeting…

Who Stands Where

Who stands where

This time last year, drone attacks, suspended Nato supplies, trade with India and, above all, relations with the US were issues that were causing political temperatures in the country to…

Aurangzeb: legitimate expectations?

Expectations are extremely high with the appointment of Muhammad Aurangzeb as finance minister on 11 March 2024 – a position that he was reportedly offered even during the caretaker setup…

Power sector and politically motivated vandalism!

The present sad state of the Pakistan’s Power Sector cannot be emphasized any further. Everyone, including the successive governments, understands the gravity of the situation but even then no correction…

Reform mantra: the new kid on the block

Since late 1980s the origin of reform mantra is solely in the domain of the multilateral agencies. In the last one year, national think tanks and gurus have joined the…