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A political paradigm shift

It is needless to emphasise that the Rangers operation in Karachi – notwithstanding the tactics employed by the MQM and PPP to thwart it – has been instrumental in restoring…

Withdrawal From Afghanistan

Withdrawal from Afghanistan

The euphoria created in the aftermath of the Taliban-US peace deal seems to be dying down before it could even be implemented. The ruthless attacks of the Taliban in the…

A foreign past

YOU know you belong to the past when a generation of Indians you remember are now dead. “The past is a foreign country,” the novelist L.P. Hartley once observed, “they…

The Corporate Logic

The corporate logic

In American politics today, corporations reign supreme. Powerful corporations control American politics through Big Money and Big Data. Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress represent the ultimate corporate play, with…

Beyond Militarism

Beyond militarism

Pakistan’s national security dilemma has an uncanny resemblance to the security dilemma of the Sparta-led Peloponnesian League that was embroiled in a mutually enervating duel with the Greek Empire from…

Hopes And ‘honour’ Killings

Hopes and ‘honour’ killings

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recently watched A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s Oscar-nominated documentary about ‘honour’ killings. In a statement following the screening, he…

The ‘minority Problem’

The ‘minority problem’

Seventy-five years after the passage of the historic ‘Pakistan’ Resolution of the All India Muslim League, we must ask how two nation-states forged out of a religious minority’s fears of…

Violence Continuum

Violence continuum

Like many others who may have followed the recently concluded Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, held in London, I was interested to learn why governments representing countries…

The Brunei ‘model’

The Brunei ‘model’

The Sultanate of Brunei is running out of oil. Lower production levels led to a 34pc drop in crude oil exports last November, which amounted to a loss of nearly…

Aam Aadmi Jumps In

Aam Aadmi jumps in

India’s all-new Aam Aadmi Party has made a shrewd, calculated move by quitting the Delhi government and jumping into national politics. The issue on which it precipitated its action was…