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Picking Our Battles

Picking our battles

Once the excitement caused by the lone gunman who dramatically held Islamabad ‘hostage’ for five hours or more dies down, and it will, we’ll revert to more serious issues. But…

Killing For Utopia

Killing for utopia

It has now become a cliché to say: “One man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter”. But like most clichés, it contains an element of truth. In this space last week,…

Afghanistan: Handle With Care

Afghanistan: handle with care

The Pak-US relationship has seen many ups and downs over the years, but not to the extent that was witnessed after the 2011 Salala incident. Although efforts have been made…

The New Threat

The new threat

The cover of Rolling Stone (8/13), featuring a self-portrait of Dzhokhar Tsaernav taken weeks before the Boston bombing, has fuelled a strong backlash. Discussing the cover, Fox News' Lisa Daftari…

Eyeless In Gaza

Eyeless in Gaza

The prime minister’s visit to the foreign office, despite the media hype, was a non-event. Front-page newspaper photographs and television footage showed him sitting grim-faced at the head of a…

False Binaries

False binaries

If you blame the army chief and the DG ISI for the OBL ignominy, aren’t you in fact helping the Indians and the Americans who’d like to weaken our army…

The Drone Test

The drone test

The calls for the US to revise its drone policy in Pakistan (and elsewhere) are becoming deafening. In May, US President Barack Obama’s speech on the use of drones —…

For A New Deal

For a new deal

One advantage enjoyed by the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the realm of foreign affairs, as compared to its two predecessors, has gone virtually unnoticed. The Musharraf regime…

From Kashgar To Gwadar

From Kashgar to Gwadar

Nawaz Sharif's five-day official visit to China from July 3-8 – his first trip abroad after taking office as prime minister – which followed less than two months after that…

From Kashgar To Gwadar

From Kashgar to Gwadar

Nawaz Sharif's five-day official visit to China from July 3-8 – his first trip abroad after taking office as prime minister – which followed less than two months after that…