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Dangerous Conflation

Dangerous conflation

The killing of MQM MPA Manzar Imam last week is the latest sign of the increasing overlap between sectarian violence and politics. The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the…

Political Jugglers

Political jugglers

The whole nation is aware (and sick of) the terrible mess in which our beloved country Pakistan finds itself today. Our younger generation is extremely worried, mostly unemployed and has…

Our Sleeping Avengers

Our sleeping avengers

The news today may bring you to the edge of your seat, but apathy to the violence that endures may soon take over, given the general societal attitude. At an…

Wish All You Want

Wish all you want

The two indigenous long marches of the past rekindle totally different memories. So, will the third have its distinguishing features? Do you care if it does? Who knows? Even as…

Beginning Of The End

Beginning of the end

Thousands of Shia protesters braved sub-zero temperature for nearly three days as they staged a sit-in in Quetta, refusing to bury 87 victims of the January 10 twin bombings at…

Much Ado About Punjab

Much ado about Punjab

Those of us with short memories will not remember that there was a time when Punjab was not the most populous province in the country. For the first quarter century…

The Mood Of The Moment

The mood of the moment

Pakistan’s mainstream political leadership appears edgy these days. All of a sudden many politicians seem to have had a revelation that a conspiracy is being hatched to derail the country’s…

Lessons For The US

Lessons for the US

There were significant moments in the 20th century when heightened awareness of major human values – freedom, justice, order, security etc – forced American, and other western thinkers and academics…

The Sectarian Ghoul In Gilgit

The sectarian ghoul in Gilgit

The region of Gilgit-Baltistan made news this year not for its scenic beauty, but for sectarianism in the form of brutal murders and target killings. Historically, the region has been…