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How To Build A State

How to build a state

In a statement released to the press in the wake of the gruesome massacre of Shia Hazaras in Quetta, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif declared, rather ominously, that Pakistan was…

Polls: The Broader View

Polls: the broader view

Elections are due in a couple of months and one of the questions being asked is whether they would be an exercise in futility. I think not, even though nothing…

The Ides Of March Again

The ides of March again

As if ethnic and sectarian strife were not enough to go with terrorism, we are now facing religious strife. One is under no illusion that this is not being deliberately…

Understanding The Taliban

Understanding the Taliban

The departure of most coalition forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 has generated a debate on the possible outcome for Pakistan, and in particular for its border areas.…

Conflict Economics

Conflict economics

A paranoid style of thinking is entrenching itself in our country, and a bizarre reading of our economic challenges and destiny lies at the root of it. Over the last…

America And The Drone Issue

America and the drone issue

Since my last article the debate in Washington on drones continues. The confirmation of John Brennan as the new CIA chief has been put off, with Senator Rand Paul of…

The Tasks Ahead For Fata’s Salvation

The tasks ahead for Fata’s salvation

A demand that the people of Fata have been making for so many years has finally been accepted and a son of the soil – Shaukatullah Khan, MNA-elect from Bajaur…

The Evolving Scenarios

The evolving scenarios

Afzal Guru’s secret hanging on Saturday, conventional laws of dialectics direct us to believe, has spawned multi-layered linkages, ranging from corrosive domestic politics to high military strategy. Of these perhaps…

A Self-defeating Advice

A self-defeating advice

Former premier Nawaz Sharif has asked the government to hold "serious, meaningful and result-oriented" talks with the Al-Qaeda-inspired local Taliban militants to bring peace in the country. A review of…