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Renaming NWFP

Renaming NWFP

There is a likelihood of the curtain finally dropping on the issue of a new nomenclature for NWFP, a dispute that has continued to hang fire for the last many…

NWFP Takes The Brunt

NWFP takes the brunt

“WE all must know why we are in Afghanistan,” US special envoy Richard Holbrooke recently enunciated in one of his many statements on the fast-changing state of the war on…

Healing, not dealing, for civilian supremacy

In his very first speech after taking over the mantle in 1971 of what remained of Jinnah’s Pakistan, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto used healing words; “I have come over to pick…

Tribal transition

HISTORICALLY, Pakistan’s tribal areas have long stood at the crossroads of governance, culture, and geopolitics. These areas have navigated the complexities of autonomy, marginalisation, and integration within the broader national…

Mirza’s memoirs: Part – I

Confronting historical negationism through historical revisionism was the Herculean task that lay ahead when I embarked on bringing out Iskander Mirza’s memoirs. To challenge established, brittle narratives of fifty-plus years…

Remembering Sartaj Aziz

Pakistan has lost one of its most outstanding sons and indefatigable soldiers; the nation just a few days back said goodbye to one of the last surviving soldiers of the…

COP28: Pakistan’s narrative ( Part – I)

The boilerplate is reductive but straightforward. One, Pakistan is one of the most affected countries by climate change. Two, climate change is not a problem created (or contributed to) by…

Tales from a labour activist

There are plenty of biographies written by civil and military bureaucrats. But they tend to focus on their achievements instead of failures and present a picture in which others are…

Protecting our children

I have lately been focusing on human rights issues in these pages. Those interested can refer to my previous articles: ‘Children’s rights matter’ (Sept 18), ‘Challenge child labour’ (Aug 28),…