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Troubled Transition

Troubled transition

President Hamid Karzai’s mercurial behaviour and departing antics have thrown Afghanistan’s looming transitions into confusion even as the presidential election campaign has got underway in his country. The Afghan leader…

Files & Governance

Files & governance

Imperialist he was, but Lord Curzon is acknowledged to be one of the ablest viceroys the subcontinent has seen. With a talent for elegant noting on official files, he wrote…

PPO: A Good Law

PPO: a good law

The Protection of Pakistan Ordinance (PPO) promulgated in the third week of October 2013 amended in January 2014 has fuelled accusations by members of the opposition that the amendment was…

What Is Going On?

What is going on?

A Spate of killings across the country has ratcheted up alarmism about ‘terrorism’ in recent weeks, provoking a fresh bout of (indiscriminate) military actions, the latest round of polemic about…

East And West: A Dialogue

East and west: a dialogue

DK: Islam teaches that man was created by Allah for a definite purpose – to realise their inner potential and to fashion themselves along the pattern of is moral vision.…

Look Who’s Talking Now

Look who’s talking now

Forgive us, Nawaz Sharif, for we have wronged you. All that time we spent criticising you for your constant dithering between negotiations and military action, for your inertia and your…

Why They Fear An Autonomous SBP

Why they fear an autonomous SBP

In an earlier article (‘The poor state of the State Bank’, February 1, 2014), I had criticised the PPP government for appointing commercial bankers as governors and deputy governors of…

Will Afghanistan See Peace?

Will Afghanistan see peace?

Talk of peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan is not a new phenomenon; it has been there in one shape or another since the day Soviet troops marched into that country.…

Let’s Talk

Let’s talk

Many weak-hearted persons – like me – heaved a sigh of relief when last week Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced to give peace yet another chance. We should be thankful…