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Karachi-a voice unheard

Drowned. Submerged. Disconnected. Disman-tled. Dying. These sorrowful adjectives are not describing some mini-island of Indonesia but the largest city in Pakistan and the eighth largest city in the world –…

Price of ambition in Karachi

I HAVE watched The Godfather trilogy only once. And despite being able to appreciate the fine performances of actors such as Al Pacino and Robert De Niro in the prequel,…

‘Law enforcement’ via leaks

A Parliamentary committee tasked with drawing up the terms of reference for a judicial inquiry into the Panama Papers leaks is deadlocked with an increasingly frustrated opposition threatening to take…

Top cop channels police stories into gritty novels

His father (Shahid Hamid) was assassinated by a notorious Karachi hitman (Saulat Mirza of Muttahida Qaumi Movement), while his police partner (Chaudhry Aslam) was murdered by the Taliban. Personal tragedy…

Post-raid Karachi

Post-raid Karachi

The MQM needs to do some soul-searching on why most Pakistanis believe it has played a key role in the criminalisation of politics in Pakistan’s biggest and richest city, Karachi.…

The Crime-politics Axis

The crime-politics axis

The top MQM leadership is in thick soup these days. While the startling statements made by the party’s self-confessed ex-hit man Saulat Mirza, the MQM seems to be knee-deep in…

Crime And Politics

Crime and politics

Who is Uzair Jan Baloch? A pawn in the political chess game or a powerful mafia don with strong political connections? While his association with the PPP appears to be…

Words Of Consequence

Words of consequence

One swallow doesn’t make a summer but one statement can define a whole career. So it has been since the declaration of intent a week ago by COAS General Raheel…

Education Of The Nation

Education of the nation

Army, air force and intelligence agencies are fighting on many fronts. The army and the air force are engaged in the fighting going on in the tribal agencies, currently the…

By-poll: A Happy Augury?

By-poll: a happy augury?

The MQM has romped home in the by-election in NA-246 which includes the party’s famed headquarter Nine Zero. That unprecedented and ironclad security measures were in place ensured the exercise…