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Reliving a historical blunder

Recent political developments have rightly upset many Pakistanis, who feel that they are being systematically disenfranchised and deprived of a role in determining their future. But those beholden to social…

Constitutional amendments: Part IV

After General Ziaul Haq managed to arm twist the National Assembly in 1985 to pass the devastating 8th Amendment, he announced the withdrawal of martial law in December. Now the…

Road to national reconstruction

While Pakistan has struggled over the last 73 years of this existence to become an economic tiger, other nations in South Asia have forged ahead. The failure of our justice…

Fiascos galore

Barely a month into its tenure, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) coalition government appears to be floundering. To be fair, given the enormous challenges facing the country, it was to be…

The Nawaz Sharif Effect

The Nawaz Sharif effect

Nawaz Sharif left Pakistan yesterday, in search of medical recovery from a series of ailments. If things go well, he will be returning to Pakistan a fully recovered and healthy…

Nawaz Sharif: Crying In The Rain

Nawaz Sharif: crying in the rain

By the time this article is in print, US President Donald Trump will have made his much-anticipated speech about America’s engagement in Afghanistan. Pakistanis should be prepared for essentially more…

Revisiting The Art Of All-around War

Revisiting the art of all-around war

“Ultimate excellence lies not in winning every battle but in defeating the enemy without ever fighting. The highest form of warfare is to attack (the enemy’s) strategy itself” – Sun…

Is Our Afghan Obsession Finally Over?

Is our Afghan obsession finally over?

The question can be rephrased: is ‘strategic depth’ finally buried? We were idiots to get involved in that superpower adventure called the Afghan ‘jihad’. We understood not its ramifications and…

A Quagmire Of Mutual Treachery

A quagmire of mutual treachery

The attack on the Torkham post by Afghan border forces is perhaps the worst ever since the Pakistani side increased its efforts to enforce border management across the Durand Line…