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Threat of Taliban ascendancy

There are many reasons why Pakistanis should be deeply concerned about the Taliban ascendancy in Afghanistan. But perhaps the two most important reasons are, in equal parts, existential and urgent.…

Lanka’s existential moment

I HAPPENED to be in Colombo the day figurines of Lord Ganesha guzzled milk across the world, a spectacle that Hindu rationalists likened to a mass hysteria and believers saw…

The ANP’s Existential Crisis

The ANP’s existential crisis

The ANP recently suspended the membership of two of its stalwarts– Afrasiab Khattak and Bushra Gohar – for violating party discipline. Although the party did not specify the charges against…

The Real Threat To Pakistan

The real threat to Pakistan

At the height of terror attacks in Pakistan the need was felt for a national consensus against the scourge. It was in those days that one opinion writer observed that…

Is Daesh A Threat To Pakistan?

Is Daesh a threat to Pakistan?

The emergence of the wealthiest and deadliest militant organisation, the Islamic State or Daesh, poses an existential threat to the security and territorial integrity of some Middle-Eastern countries. Ominously, according…

Terrorist Threat And Our What-abouters

Terrorist threat and our what-abouters

Let no words be minced. The rats are winning. They are winning the war psychologically (and ideologically). That is always the essence of any war but more so of irregular…

Countering The Terror Threat

Countering the terror threat

Consider the theatrics of the absurd by some political clerics at the killing of the terrorist responsible for slaughtering thousands of innocent Pakistanis. It is sad that the fundamentally moderate…

The Real Threat To Islam

The real threat to Islam

Some of my Pakistani friends had been offended when some time ago in an emotional piece I had the temerity to suggest that some of the greatest crimes against Islam…

Planning educational emergency

‘What the best and wisest parents wants for his own child, that must the community want for all of its children. Any other ideal for our schools is narrow and…