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Failure To Protect

Failure to protect

Three hundred and eighty four prisoners escaped from the central prison in Bannu last Sunday. A colleague and friend at this newspaper were brutally murdered in Karachi on Thursday. One…

Head In The Sand

Head in the sand

Externalisation of threats remains a core flaw in Pakistan’s internal security approach. The security establishment, policymakers and opinion-makers and most of society badly suffer from this fallacy, which merely affords…

Sheer Ignorance Of Law?

Sheer ignorance of law?

Ignorantia juris non excusat or ignorantia legis neminem excusat (Latin for "ignorance of the law does not excuse" or "ignorance of the law excuses no one") is a legal principle…

Dar Win Theory And Pakistan

Dar win theory and Pakistan

It is not often that all-rounder Abdur Razzaq escapes mention in the description of a scene he is present in. But here was Razzaq in the news picture last week,…

Weak Institutions

Weak institutions

Scarcity is an inescapable fact of life. The resources available to produce goods and services that satisfy human wants are limited relative to those wants. Choices are to be made,…

Be A Sport, Let Go Of Sports

Be a sport, let go of sports

Praful Patel had a good point to make. “If such a bill is passed,” the former Union minister for civil aviation and present Union minister for some portfolio which escapes…

Kerry-Lugar — A Bitter Pill

Kerry-Lugar — a bitter pill

Over the years, Pakistan’s relationship with the US has been anything but stable. It has wildly oscillated from an awkward mutual dependence and inescapable reliance to being hindered with mistrust.…

Millennium Development Goals

Millennium development goals

Last week I was invited by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)to participate in an evaluation exercise of progress towards achieving the Millennium…

The Quiet Naek Rises

The quiet Naek rises

As a political hub of Europe, Geneva is one of those seemingly inescapable places: virtually everyone passes through sooner or later, whether or not they want to. So it was…