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ECP: A Case Of Acquired Helplessness

ECP: a case of acquired helplessness

For any system to survive, it must fulfil at least two minimum requirements. Meet the needs of its customers and have the capacity to improve itself. The first requirement relates…

Revolution: Islamabad Style

Revolution: Islamabad style

Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital for half a century, was conceived as a peaceful retreat, away from the heat and dust of this country and the humdrum of its people. For a…

The Trouble Is Family

The trouble is family

Our politicians must want their children born 25 years old so that they can immediately win a seat in parliament. What else explains their hurry to induct them into politics?…

IMF Mission In Town

IMF mission in town

At the request of the government, an IMF mission is visiting Pakistan to initiate discussion for a three-year bailout programme. As reported in the press, during their two-week stay in…

Beginning Of The End

Beginning of the end

Thousands of Shia protesters braved sub-zero temperature for nearly three days as they staged a sit-in in Quetta, refusing to bury 87 victims of the January 10 twin bombings at…

The Line Of Control

The Line of Control

Haji Pir Pass is a vital geographical feature on the western Pir Panjal ranges that stride across Indian-occupied Kashmir and Azad Kashmir.  This makes it strategic enough for both sides…

The Mood Of The Moment

The mood of the moment

Pakistan’s mainstream political leadership appears edgy these days. All of a sudden many politicians seem to have had a revelation that a conspiracy is being hatched to derail the country’s…

The Imperative Of Subversion

The imperative of subversion

The passing of the so-called ‘Fair Trial’ Bill in the National Assembly this past week should have raised eyebrows. Notwithstanding its name, the legislation will empower state agencies to intercept…

The Meaning Of Modi’s Victory

The meaning of Modi’s victory

With Narendra Milosevic Modi’s third consecutive victory, Gujarat has taken a big step backwards and India has suffered a political setback. The result will raise Modi’s ambition to play a…

The Strategic Agenda

The strategic agenda

The present flows from the past, and the future will emerge from the present. Syria’s sectarian war: The headline issue today and in the near future is likely to be…