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Redefining Terrorism

Redefining terrorism

In the aftermath of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, the United States is once again roiling in pain, struggling to come to terms with its…

‘Great Game’ and the CPEC – II

Pakistan is the biggest victim of terrorism. Its soldiers, officers and most of all, its people are ready and willing to give more sacrifices to protect its sovereignty. The argument…

Ending Our Collective Insanity

Ending our collective insanity

Pessimistic historians have always viewed history as nothing but as a cluster of human follies. One may challenge this belief but will struggle to find appropriate words aimed at defining…

Putting the media in the picture

There is no obvious allusion to the media – the proverbial fourth pillar of the state – in the erudite address delivered by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa at a full-court…

Malala Is The Message

Malala is the message

Is Pakistan safe for Malala Yousafzai? We may pose this question also in a metaphorical sense because she represents a point of view and a set of values. Besides, her…

And The Final Word Rests With…

And the final word rests with…

The big boys got together and decided they are going to hold the final in the city. They said it was good for the people. A large number of people…

Ground Rules For True Referendum

Ground rules for true referendum

A former Indian diplomat, the rare service where you can still find a few liberal souls, once served in Indonesia. What the diplomat told me left me aghast. It seems…

Men Who Have Seen Tomorrow

Men who have seen tomorrow

Sublime confidence. Juicy details. Delineated contours. Drawn shapes. Measured lengths. Marked dates. Unfurled schedules. They leave nothing to imagination. They cause national excitement by spreading their tidings. They are Pakistan’s…

Refugees, immigrants and double standards

Viet Thanh Nguyen is an American writer and author of the bestselling novel, ‘The Sympathizer’. He came to the US with his family in the summer of 1975 after a…

The Incorrectness Of It All

The incorrectness of it all

Death of a well-known Urdu fiction writer kicking up a debate about her legacy and her role during Gen Zia’s period. Cricket. Killing of popular policemen. Again cricket. Spring festivals.…