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Forgotten Values

Forgotten values

On December 25, we celebrate the birth of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah who was the liberator of our nation, but portray no signs of loyalty to the values he ordained.…

Remembering Benazir

Remembering Benazir

December 27, 2012 marks the fifth death anniversary of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, the great visionary leader, who resisted with great courage the agenda of neo-colonial forces - pushing Pakistan to…

Beyond Elections

Beyond elections

Looking beyond the coming elections, Pakistan’s future looks bleak. There is little question that elections 2013 will prove more divisive and chaotic than anything we have seen before. Mere transfer…

Early spring

The last few weeks of 2012 weren’t that bad, given how most of 2011 had played out, especially recovering from the exogenous shocks of a failing US-Pakistan relationship – and…

Return Of Qadri

Return of Qadri

Few would have taken notice of 'Sheikhul Islam' Allama Tahirul Qadri's public meeting at the Minar-i-Pakistan had he not managed to put on as impressive a show as he did.…

Gilgit-Baltistan In Limbo

Gilgit-Baltistan in limbo

Even after six decades, the people of GilgitBaltistan continue to suffer in constitutional limbo despite their unconditional accession to Pakistan. In spite of efforts to integrate with Pakistan, the people…

Talking With The Enemy

Talking with the enemy

In more than a decade-long conflict between the Pakistani state and the Al-Qaeda and its inspired local militants, the initiative undoubtedly has fallen into the hands of the extremists. They…

Empire of chaos

For someone intellectually predisposed to viewing just about everything through the lens of class, learning how to navigate the choppy waters of Pakistan’s political economy is nothing less than an…

Of born leaders and followers

It’s hard not to see eye to eye with the federal information minister when he says that his boss Bilawal Bhutto is a born leader. The point of disagreement may,…

Withering away of the state

Even before it could take root, the state has been withering away in Pakistan. Its existence, as an entity larger and more encompassing than a government – one of its…