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Bhutto: an icon of resilience

It was the late 60s and this part of the world also witnessed the wave of socialism. It came with the downfall of Ayub and the rise of a new…

‘The end is nigh’

IF one hails from the subcontinent, it is hard never to have heard the throbbing beat of ‘dama dam mast qalandar’ — a Sufi anthem whose following has transcended geographical…

Tackling Forced Conversions

Tackling forced conversions

How painful that Pakistan, founded by the great law-abiding Quaid-e-Azam, is now known as a country where abductions, child marriages and forced conversions are becoming a norm. Most alarming is…

Jang And Literature

Jang and literature

In the first part of this series, we discussed how ‘Jang’, founded by Mir Khalil-ur-Rahman established itself as the foremost Urdu newspaper in the country. In this second and last…

Dance Of Love

Dance of love

Pakistan is still reeling from the recent terrorist attack on the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine at Sehwan that claimed nearly 100 lives. This isn’t the first time a Sufi shrine…

What Military Ops Can’t Deliver

What military ops can’t deliver

The security forces are supposed to have launched another operation to cleanse the country of terrorism after a spurt of suicide bombings and attacks across the country in the month…

Fighting Extremism

Fighting extremism

The urgency with which the government is trying to build consensus amongst the major political parties to bring back military courts, given that the sunset clause in the 21st Amendment…

More Rivers To Cross

More rivers to cross

On July 29, 2007, a group of terrorists under the command of Omar Khalid Khorasani captured the mosque and shrine complex of Haji Sahab of Turangzai in the Mohmand Agency…

Unlearning Lessons

Unlearning lessons

Pakistan’s war on terror has been traumatic and challenging. That Pakistan was pressurised to fight this war is also passé. For some time it was felt that this was America’s…

NAP: a critical appraisal

The recent spike in deadly terrorist attacks has made it patently clear that terrorists and militants have not yet been defeated. Operation Zarb-e-Azb has dismantled the organisational structure of the…