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Kashgar Must Not Mar Ties

Kashgar must not mar ties

The recent events in the ancient Chinese city of Kashgar and their possible fallout need to be examined in three broad contexts: China’s concerns, Pakistan’s track record in combating anti-China…

Budget In Tough Times

Budget in tough times

These are extremely difficult times for Pakistan. It is not only the challenge thrown at the state by Islamic extremists that has caused so much anxiety inside and outside the…

Folds Of Radicalisation

Folds of radicalisation

Pakistan finds itself facing multiple challenges today on account of militancy and religious extremism. Even though the people are the ultimate victims, at the societal level they provide ideological support…

Is Gojra Our Godhra?

Is Gojra our Godhra?

Pakistani Christians fear more extremist attacks This Independence Day our heads hang in shame once again. The ideologues who later sat down to chronicle the birth pangs of Pakistan mixed…

Between The Lines

Between the lines

Until recent years, Mali had persistently shrugged off the possibility that a small number of extremists could take over the country. Now, after the militants have captured most of the…

When Bad Men Combine…

When bad men combine…

When Marx spoke of the withering away of the state, he envisaged society progressing to a higher stage – a sort of classless utopia. When Pakistanis speak of their state…

Nuclear Weapons Competition

Nuclear weapons competition

Every state possessing nuclear weapons has difficulty answering the question, ‘How much is enough?’ It’s natural to think that more weapons will result in more security because nuclear weapons are so fearsome and because it’s hard to know what hand the competition is holding.

Hankering After A Phantom

Hankering after a phantom

Politicians distort history as much as religious extremists distort the teachings of Islam. Imran Khan has vowed that he will establish an Islamic welfare state if he is voted to…

Start Of The Victory March?

Start of the victory march?

It seems more and more apparent that the Taliban are now winning. There is evidence of this everywhere; the distant sound of triumphant bugles – or whatever instruments the extremist…

Taliban Problem

Taliban problem

The Taliban attack on the child activist Malala Yousufzai and her two school fellows has reopened an old debate dominated by two strands of opinion on how to deal with…