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Leadership in the midst of Covid-19

The real test of leadership or the character of a leader emerges only when faced with challenges emanating from the unknown. In the last quarter of 2019, all of us…

1971: the denouement

ALMOST exactly a year after its first elections based on universal adult franchise, Pakistan went to war. The unnecessary and unfortunate conflagration could directly be traced back to the nation’s…

Waiting for a call

IS a call from Joe Biden to Imran Khan going to decide the fate of humanity, or of Afghanistan and Pakistan — singly or collectively? The answer seems to be…

America defeated – yet again

The Taliban victory in Afghanistan was an event foretold. Everyone with a modicum of sense was saying that this was inevitable; only they didn’t know when and how. As it…

Yahya’s enablers

THE hill station Nathiagali was abuzz with unusual activity in early July 50 years ago. There was a visible military and police presence, notably on the road that led to…

Pardon my pardons

THE next time any American preaches to you about democracy, whisper one word in reply: Trump. Whenever any American talks to you condescendingly about the quality of justice and the…

American atrocities

“TIN soldiers and Nixon coming/ We’re finally on our own/ This summer I hear the drumming/ Four dead in Ohio…” Fifty years after the Neil Young song, four deaths in…

Ominous ides

DEMOCRACY in the United States was killed on Jan 6, 2021, when the US Capitol building housing the Senate was stormed by a mob incited by former president Donald Trump.…