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Rulers’ Character

Rulers’ character

There is a vast difference between a government being Islamic and the ruler of a country being a Muslim. In the subcontinent, the rulers of many small states were of…

Of Mental Health

Of mental health

My search for modern social work in Pakistan moved from child protection to mental health and a visit to Bahawalpur Victoria Hospital (BVH); there to be hosted by another graduate…

A New Radical Challenge

A new radical challenge

They are indeed a different breed of Islamic radicals, who are armed with modern education and pursue professional careers. Many of them are returnees from England and the United States,…

Further Progress

Further progress

Last week I had identified some steps that Pakistan had taken to promote reconciliation in Afghanistan. I had suggested that there were further measures that Pakistan should also take, urgently, since…

Remaking Of Ourselves

Remaking of ourselves

The last few weeks have been painful for the people of Pakistan. What happened in Abbottabad, at PNS Mehran, then with Saleem Shehzad in Islamabad and Sarfraz Shah in Karachi…

Pakistan And The OIC

Pakistan and the OIC

Recently the OIC Economic Forum was held in Istanbul under the auspices of the Capital Market Regulators Forum (COMCEC). The commerce, development and finance ministers of the 57 Islamic countries…

When Bad Men Combine…

When bad men combine…

When Marx spoke of the withering away of the state, he envisaged society progressing to a higher stage – a sort of classless utopia. When Pakistanis speak of their state…

Strategic Depth Beyond 2014

Strategic depth beyond 2014

The post-Salala Pakistan-US contention lasted full seven months before it was symbolically brought to an end in a telephone call from Washington to Islamabad. But the controversy over who blinked…

Over The Top

Over the top

Brave words were spoken by His Lordship the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry the other day in Islamabad while concluding the two day judicial moot. Among the many…

Israel As A Rogue State

Israel as a rogue state

Overwhelming evidence has now emerged that Israel’s notorious secret service Mossad assassinated Mahmoud al-Mabhough of the Palestinian-Islamist group Hamas in Dubai on January 20. Closed-circuit television footage of the operation,…