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A Fatal Contradiction

A fatal contradiction

Will it be a modern, secular democracy or an Islamic state, harking back to the pristine glory of early Islam? Or will it be both, at the same time? We do…

War Of Pipelines

War of pipelines

US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson’s statement on December 10 against the Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline (IP) was not a mere reiteration of the economic interests of the United States and…

Rethinking strategic assets

The term ‘strategic’ is mostly used in military connotations, although its literal meaning translates into key or crucial. Oxford English Dictionary describes it as “a plan of action or policy…

The conviction and after

IN what many would describe as a predetermined verdict, a special court has sentenced former prime minister Imran Khan and his erstwhile foreign minister to a decade behind bars for…

A land of ladlas

Arguably, the most commonly used disparaging word in the political lexicon of the day is ‘ladla’ -- loosely translated as the apple of one’s eye. In the political context, a…

An era of disasters

In 1989, the United Nations General Assembly designated October 13 as the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDRR) to drive a globally collaborative effort for disaster risk reduction. Since…

Khan’s strategy

The recent political manoeuvrings of Imran Khan have created an impression that he is a true Machiavellian. In his recent speech at a public gathering in Lahore, he again tried…

When women wonder

‘Power’ seems to contain infinite possibilities and prospects of varying degrees as well as implied guarantees of wealth and influence. It is a word that has had an interesting trajectory…

Tackling a toxic legacy

One of the most toxic legacies of PTI chief Imran Khan is the weaponization of religion. Perhaps after Gen Zia, he is the second head of government who has employed…