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Beginning Of The End

Beginning of the end

Thousands of Shia protesters braved sub-zero temperature for nearly three days as they staged a sit-in in Quetta, refusing to bury 87 victims of the January 10 twin bombings at…

Running Scared

Running scared

With parliamentary elections only a few months away, Pakistan’s political landscape has been shaken up by an unlikely player. Tahirul Qadri has upset the calculations of most political parties by…

Our Growth Diagnostics

Our growth diagnostics

"Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina opens with this line. This dictum holds true not only for…

Tax Delinquents

Tax delinquents

A resident of Alberta, Canada, has posed a question through email that deserves a detailed and satisfactory reply. The statement quoted in this mail, though based on misunderstanding, reflects sadly…

Viewpoint: The Gathering Of Troublemakers

Viewpoint: The gathering of troublemakers

Sheikhul Islam Allama Tahirul Qadri of Canada has been busy collecting like-minded elements as he prepares for his January 14 rabble rousing march on Islamabad. The MQM has been an eager…

How Pakistan Survives

How Pakistan survives

Canada judge slams US in terrorism extradition case WHAT keeps Pakistan afloat? How, despite its seemingly precarious political existence and the gloom and doom spread by the highly politicised media,…

The Right To Information

The right to information

According to a study jointly conducted by Canada-based Centre for Law and Democracy and Spain-based Access Info Europe, Pakistan’s position is very low on the right to information (RTI) ranking.…

Agriculture

Agriculture

Pakistan is not an agriculture country. There are 112 countries that have more arable land per capita than does Pakistan. They are: Australia, Kazakhstan, Canada, Niger, Russia, Argentina, Ukraine, Guyana,…

Art And Politics In Maine

Art and politics in Maine

I recieved a much warmer welcome when we drove into Maine from Canada last week than when I flew into Boston last year. The Homeland Security official was very polite…