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Costly Appeasement

Costly appeasement

The past week has left the Pakistanis grappling with two serious issues: they cannot protect the Hazara Shias of Quetta, nor can they resist the armed extremists. The result of…

When Only Death Is Not A Sham

When only death is not a sham

Enough is never enough, humanity is not a consideration, and human life has no value for the military and civilian rulers of our unfortunate nation. Hundreds are killed each month…

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 New Normal

The new normal

It may well be grotesque, but the face of the next generation of Pakistanis is going to make for an interesting study. As evidenced by the lack of concrete measures…

Narratives On Hazara Pogroms

Narratives on Hazara pogroms

In less than five weeks, the Hazara of Quetta - one of that city’s original Shia communities - have lost close to 200 of their people. Both the old Hazara…

Before Disaster Strikes

Before disaster strikes

Another high-profile, low-output meeting on Afghanistan has been held. On February 3-4 Prime Minister David Cameron met the presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan at Chequers, his country residence, for trilateral…

Too Many Cooks

Too many cooks

It has been too much of Kargil in the last few weeks, though I still have a column to wrap up about what has been an important revisit triggered by…

Grand Delusion

Grand delusion

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is having its best year yet. Far from being a motley crew of terrorists, it has bombed, attacked and beheaded its way far past the signpost…

Manufacture Of The Militant Discourse

Manufacture of the militant discourse

Following an embedded visit to the terrorism-hit Waziristan last December, an Islamabad-based journalist broke a story about cracks appearing in the leadership of the outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Claiming an…

A Self-defeating Advice

A self-defeating advice

Former premier Nawaz Sharif has asked the government to hold "serious, meaningful and result-oriented" talks with the Al-Qaeda-inspired local Taliban militants to bring peace in the country. A review of…