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Books and tragedy

The first book I would like to introduce is an excellent translation of the Holy Quran into simple, beautiful English by Hafiz Dr. Musharraf Hussain. It is titled ‘The Majestic…

Recalibrating the governance matrix

Watching the opposition protests in Gujranwala, Karachi and this weekend in Quetta has been an invigorating and refreshing experience for anyone that believes in federalism, robust political expression and the…

Trump’s messenger comes calling

Following the emergence of the Taliban in Afghanistan in the mid-1990s, the United States had two choices - to recognize the new government and work to re-orientate their worldview to…

Clueless in D.C.

When we have tense relations with three of our four neighbours, clearly our foreign policy cannot be deemed to be a brilliant success. As a further mark of its abject…

Fiascos galore

Barely a month into its tenure, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) coalition government appears to be floundering. To be fair, given the enormous challenges facing the country, it was to be…

Convergence on Afghanistan

Two days after CoAS General Qamar Javed Bajwa returned from a daylong visit to Kabul on June 11, 2018, during which he met the Afghan and US military leadership, Mullah…

The ME conundrum

I am not the Oracle of Delphi. Nor am I Mehwish Hayat who tweets on every subject. Perhaps if she were to show more skin, people might take note. The…

Resetting factory settings?

Last week, a versatile group of businessmen met with army chief in a five-and-a-half-hour long meeting. The GHQ’s message was clear – the present government will complete its tenure so…

The wrong approach

Pakistan never lacked the will to liberate India Occupied Kashmir (IOK) from New Delhi’s military clutches; but we chose a way for the purpose that could not have led the…

Droning Mullah Fazlullah

In Pakistan, anger has greeted the killing of Afghan Taliban head, Mullah Mansour, by an American drone on Pakistani territory. When senior US officials visited army chief Gen Raheel Sharif…