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Years of unwisdom

MEMOIRS of retired Indian and Pakistani diplomats contain accounts of their postings to Islamabad and New Delhi, spent in professional pugilism and recollected in tranquillity. Former Indian high commissioner Ajay…

Bye bye Bibi?

AMONG the various heads of state and government who have seemed like permanent fixtures on the international political landscape in the past decade or so, no one’s perch has looked…

The US visit

PRIME MINISTER Imran Khan will soon be heading to Washington. Media punditry is already in overdrive, debating what demands he should put to President Donald Trump. Will Pakistan be able…

Shrill belligerence at its worst

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s excessive obsession with Kashmir and a strong anti-Muslim streak in his personal chemistry have been obvious for quite some time. As the BJP’s prime ministerial…

An Anti-Chaudhry Court?

An anti-Chaudhry court?

Legal eye After the expansion and contraction of the Supreme Court’s moral authority under Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry’s watch, there emerged a sense that judges lower down in the SC…

An Ominous Embrace?

An ominous embrace?

No, not necessarily - unless you are forged in a competitive edge while considering Indo-Pak relations in the traditional zero-sum mould. But let that come later. First, the embrace itself.…

Hard Facts Of Friendship

Hard facts of friendship

US President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang have little in common. The first is the leader of the “free world”, albeit with feet of clay, with security services…

Surviving March

Surviving March

The month of March seems linked with Pakistan’s destiny. March 23 marks the 1940 resolution for the Muslims of India aspiring for a separate homeland and the fateful army action…