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Wise Monkeys

Wise monkeys

As the story goes, one day a young man told his mother that soon one of the members of the family would disappear. Next morning, when the family woke up,…

Hope On The Wane

Hope on the wane

Tragic as the recent loss of soldiers on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) is, the other significant casualty has been plummeting public confidence in the ability of…

A Refreshing Breeze

A refreshing breeze

Following a splendid lunch of char-grilled pomfret and chili crabs I was lying with our beach hut behind me on the sand facing the shimmering ocean. On one side the…

Pakistan`s Triple Front

Pakistan`s triple front

Pakistan is at another inflexion point in its eventful history. It confronts strategic challenges simultaneously on three fronts: internal, western and eastern. The internal challenge is most palpable: economic stagnation;…

The Unsung Hero Of Kargil

The unsung hero of Kargil

“Gentlemen! Thank you very much for gracing our Independence Day”. That is how President Bill Clinton greeted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his team at Blair House, the US Presidential…

The Evolving Scenarios

The evolving scenarios

Afzal Guru’s secret hanging on Saturday, conventional laws of dialectics direct us to believe, has spawned multi-layered linkages, ranging from corrosive domestic politics to high military strategy. Of these perhaps…

Sectarian Threat To Polls

Sectarian threat to polls

The brutal killing of a leading lawyer in Peshawar last Friday, apparently for his belief, should awaken everyone who wields any authority in Pakistan to the dangerous consequences of the…

Lahore Is Lahore

Lahore is Lahore

Everyone knows the love that Lahoris have for their city. It is similar to that of Parisians for Paris, Istanbulites for Istanbul and Emiratis for Dubai. Even when praying in…

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.…

With Eyes Wide Shut

With eyes wide shut

We have become accustomed to looking at the world around us with our eyes shut - believing only what we want to want to, choosing the images we want to…