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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…

Running Scared

Running scared

With parliamentary elections only a few months away, Pakistan’s political landscape has been shaken up by an unlikely player. Tahirul Qadri has upset the calculations of most political parties by…

Tax Delinquents

Tax delinquents

A resident of Alberta, Canada, has posed a question through email that deserves a detailed and satisfactory reply. The statement quoted in this mail, though based on misunderstanding, reflects sadly…

The Monti Option

The Monti option

Pakistan will hold its next parliamentary and presidential elections this year. Many Pakistanis see this first ever completion of its term by an elected civilian government as cause for celebration.…

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…

The Need Of The Hour

The need of the hour

The disclosures about the latest negotiations between IMF and the ministry of finance suggested that, given the steady decline in Pakistan's exchange reserves, Pakistan had sought fresh credit facilities under…

The Imperative Of Subversion

The imperative of subversion

The passing of the so-called ‘Fair Trial’ Bill in the National Assembly this past week should have raised eyebrows. Notwithstanding its name, the legislation will empower state agencies to intercept…

People For Peace

People for peace

The Indian government’s clearance of visas for 237 Pakistanis to attend a major peace convention in Allahabad from Dec 29 to Jan 1 is a welcome step, allowing the much-delayed…

No time for mutiny

The symbol of an Anglican bishop is a crook (a hooked staff); and that of an archbishop is a double cross. Coincidentally, that’s what many of the English used to…