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Shadow Of Iraq War Looms Large In Region

Shadow of Iraq war looms large in region

From the streets of Cairo to the battlefields in Syria, the legacy of the 2003 invasion of Iraq still looms large in the Arab world, as regional power balances continue…

Harsh Lessons From Regime Change

Harsh lessons from regime change

Although the event went largely unreported in Pakistan and elsewhere, a Coptic church was burned down in the Libyan city of Benghazi on March 4. Earlier, there was an assassination…

A Pipeline To Some Sovereignty

A pipeline to some sovereignty

Just last year the leading national flavour was anti-Americanism... and the heroic assertion of national sovereignty. After the Raymond Davis affair, the stealth assault on Bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad…

Brothers At War

Brothers at war

For two sects united by their belief in one Maker, one Book and one Prophet, the amount of blood spilt in the name of their respective faiths by Shias and…

Hope On The Wane

Hope on the wane

Tragic as the recent loss of soldiers on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) is, the other significant casualty has been plummeting public confidence in the ability of…

The Truth About Balochistan

The truth about Balochistan

The power-hungry sardars and nawabs widely visible on Balochistan’s political scene are a by-product of the establishment’s long-term policies. These sardars derive their legitimacy from the civil-military establishment, and they…

Narratives On Hazara Pogroms

Narratives on Hazara pogroms

In less than five weeks, the Hazara of Quetta - one of that city’s original Shia communities - have lost close to 200 of their people. Both the old Hazara…

The Coming Wars

The coming wars

"Changes in our environment and the resulting upheavals - from droughts to inundated coastal areas to loss of arable lands - are likely to become a major driver of war…

The Yell For Democracy

The yell for democracy

Democracy has to be saved and that is the clarion call from the various TV channels. What is the motivation for all this shouting? Winston Churchill (WC) did say that…

Tax, Power Sectors Need Reforms

Tax, power sectors need reforms

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) team visiting Pakistan on a Post Project Monitoring (PPM) mission a couple of weeks ago emphasised yet again the need for power and tax sector…