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A tragic flaw

The wise have always advocated moderation in every task one may undertake and every plan one may envisage. The problem, if any, is not as much as in what one…

Khan’s strategy

The recent political manoeuvrings of Imran Khan have created an impression that he is a true Machiavellian. In his recent speech at a public gathering in Lahore, he again tried…

The mirage of a messiah

Imran Khan entered the political arena with his squeaky-clean image with the stated goal of making Pakistan a squeaky-clean country. But this was an image built on social media with…

A polity riven

An analysis of Pakistan’s politics performed in the style of a laboratory experiment would include the scientific imperative that any alteration of the variables combining to achieve a desired result…

Stepping down

BRITISH Prime Minister Boris Johnson did no more in the House of Commons last month than to pull off a reprieve. The Conservatives feel he is more of a liability…

The equivalence conundrum

Fall season is college and university admissions season. It is the time of year when the issue of equivalence of different board exams rears its head again. Fair comparability of…

State’s Incapacity

State’s incapacity

Here’s a puzzle: for the past three decades, most sections of the ‘development’ intelligentsia, professional economists and technocrats, analysts, senior members of the bureaucracy, and the top leadership of nearly…

When To Resign

When to resign

“THE most elementary qualification demanded of a minister is honesty and incorruptibility. It is, however, necessary not only that he should possess this qualification, but also that he should appear…

What Would Kayani Have Done?

What would Kayani have done?

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif’s speech of June 2006 has set off a storm in the country in April 2014. This may be the only speech that had an incubation period…

A Patient People’s Fury

A patient people’s fury

Gujarat is paying American PR firm, APCO Worldwide, millions of dollars to build and promote Brand Narendra Modi for nothing. It should really be writing those cheques in the name…

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