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Droplets of penitence, strands of shame

The sight of an alleged-criminal and fugitive Salman Shahbaz sharing the head-table with his father, alleged-criminal and Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, at the banquet hosted by Turkish President Erdogan, reflects…

Where Pakistan stands at 75

To think about independence on its 75th anniversary, without the teething problems that Pakistan inherited due to a poorly planned and brutally carried out — rather rushed — Partition, will…

Where stands the National Assembly?

The National Assembly of Pakistan is the only popularly elected federal house where 272 seats are allocated to each province and the federal capital on the basis of population. Members…

When hubris abounds

LAST Sunday morning, in Lahore, I discovered that all the shops — the bakers, the butchers, the mini and supermarkets — were closed, by order of the government to save…

The Taliban mindset

THE Taliban regime in Afghanistan enjoys complete freedom to enforce its political and religious order. They are doing what they believe is right. And in doing so, as suggested by…

The sands of time are running out

Perplexed and checkmated by coalition partners and in panic to stem the nose dive of the country’s economy over the last over six weeks, the incumbent government has at last…

Changing minds

GIVEN the antics of the rulers who control our destiny, one wonders if change will ever come to this country. At one time, it was believed that change would come…

Healthy trends

IT is heartening to see Pakistan take its place among global generic medicine manufacturers like Cipla (India) and Teva (Israel). Here is why it is important. It is in the…

When PTI needs friends …

OF all the hare-brained schemes to muzzle criticism of those at the helm, the Peca amendment ordinance promulgated by the president must take pride of place on the podium of…