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Kargil Lows

Kargil lows

Gen (r) Shahid Aziz’s effort to ‘disclose’ an open secret has brought the Kargil conflict back into focus. Finding out who knew what and to what extent is certainly important.…

Endemic Corruption

Endemic corruption

Pakistan is going through an immensely difficult era. Is it because of democracy? Is it because of the legacy that Musharraf left behind? Whatever the diagnosis the fact is that…

Halchal In The Ranks

Halchal in the ranks

For all the fuss he created in his life ‘Maulvi Halchal’ bowed out rather quietly. A TV channel ran a bit about his passing away recently, just enough to send…

No Change On The Horizon

No change on the horizon

After keeping the country on tenterhooks for almost a month, one of the most farcical melodramas of Pakistani politics ended a week ago in Islamabad having been taken to the…

Less Politics, More Art

Less politics, more art

These days preparations for the Karachi Literature Festival are underway, a happy time for those of us who want to turn our minds from politics and towards the arts. Yet…

18th Amendment – Fallacious Argument

18th Amendment – fallacious argument

Pakistan has a democratic government? There is no need to talk about this anymore. That devolution has taken place as a result of the 18th Amendment to the constitution. Please…

Mirwaiz In Pakistan

Mirwaiz in Pakistan

The Pakistani government invited the leaders of both factions of the Hurriyat in Indian Kashmir to visit because it wanted to know the nuances of the political situation there and…

Political Jugglers

Political jugglers

The whole nation is aware (and sick of) the terrible mess in which our beloved country Pakistan finds itself today. Our younger generation is extremely worried, mostly unemployed and has…

The Judiciary & Military

The judiciary & military

Is there a connection between the Supreme Court’s recent order against the prime minister in the rental power case and Maulana Tahirul Qadri’s long march? Is the “new anti-democratic establishment”…