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The Punjab Factor

The Punjab factor

The persistent structural flaws in information processing and coordination among intelligence and law-enforcement agencies were once again exposed during the Supreme Court suo motu hearing of the Hazara killings. The…

India’s Self-goal In The Valley

India’s self-goal in the Valley

On the morning of Feb 9, 2013, Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri convict on death row, lodged in New Delhi’s high security Tihar jail was taken from his cot by the…

The Lost Half Of A Decade

The lost half of a decade

The ruling coalition in Pakistan ceaselessly brags that it is the first "democratically elected" government that will be completing its term. As the curtain rings down on its five-year tenure,…

Policy Before Transport

Policy before transport

The Punjab government says that the metro bus project has been completed at a cost of nearly Rs30 billion. By the time all the invoices are in, the final figure…

The Shadow Over Pakistan

The shadow over Pakistan

The Soviet pullout from Afghanistan in 1989 was a triumph for our military establishment. The ISI and the Zia regime, while not solely responsible for that outcome, had helped bring…

Soptlight: Donkey Years? No, Much Worse!

Soptlight: Donkey years? No, much worse!

In business concerns, whether industries or commercial enterprises, there is a two-word term used to describe an employee's experience whose length does not have much to show by way of…

The Parting Kick?

The parting kick?

In an editorial about the "long march" on Islamabad, and the approaching (really?) general elections, The Economist said the "transition would be historic: never in Pakistan's violent and unstable history…

Not A New Entity

Not a new entity

The battle for the youth vote, especially in Punjab, continues to rage in the run-up to the general elections. Each week, news outlets publish articles warning that youth ballots could…

Allying With Tax Evaders

Allying with tax evaders

"Moralists should address their sermons to the legislators, and not to individuals, because it is in the order of possible things that a virtuous and enlightened man may have the…