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A plethora of issues

Normally one tries to focus on one critical issue that appears to be central when sitting down to pen these columns. However, such is the state of things in Pakistan…

Back from the brink

After an exchange of missile attacks on alleged Baloch subversive elements in each other’s territory, Pakistan and Iran have been quietly rowing back from the brink of a breakdown in…

Crises old and new

It is hardly breaking news on the first day of the new (not so happy) year that Pakistan faces a slate of challenges if not crises that seem destined to…

Strategic miscalculations regarding TTP

Given the political and economic instability and uncertainty afflicting Pakistan, it is all too easy to forget the continuing biggest security challenge for the country: the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Fortunately,…

Bajaur atrocity

Pakistan’s long standing affliction of religious extremist terrorism is far from over. In Khar, Bajaur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), on July 30, 2023, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a…

Time to wake up

What had been forecast by this writer after the post-APS military operations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP’s) tribal areas in 2014 has come to pass. Not being able to sustain the…

Terrorism hydra, again

A pale sun greeted a troubled Pakistan on the first day of the new year. Traditional greetings wishing friends and family a Happy New Year sounded like the aspired for…

Those who do not learn from history…

Pakistan’s 75th Independence anniversary has just passed. As usual, the day produced much flag-waving and exhortations regarding how we live in the most wonderful country on earth. For the rich…

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…

Uneasy peace

IT has been 10 months since America’s exit from Afghanistan last August. The world now engages with the Afghan Taliban as the country’s de facto government. But there’s no move to recognise…