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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 Heart Of The Matter

The heart of the matter

With all the distraction that is created by politics, the latest invasion being the promised long march by Tahirul Qadri, the momentous issue at this time is religious extremism and…

A Moderate Firebrand

A moderate firebrand

Dr Tahirul Qadri is the new megastar of our media. At the same time, he is the bête noire of the old political parties, with the exception of the MQM.…

Pakistani Comedy: Latest Offering

Pakistani comedy: latest offering

Long march successful or not, the fun has already started. Whether Zardari bonzes or Punjab stalwarts, it is no little comedy seeing them running scared and getting hoarse in the…

What Is There To Talk About?

What is there to talk about?

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) delights in showing us off as a helpless and contemptible force. So last week, when the TTP’s offer of peace talks hit the newswires we perked…

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…

Shooting In The Dark

Shooting in the dark

Indian and Pakistani armies have slammed each other for violating the Line of Control this week. Pakistan said Indian troops killed one of its soldiers in the Haji Pir sector…

The unsung heroines

They are the easiest of targets, little groups of women, clutching medical boxes and knocking on doors. From modest entryways to hovels to elaborate doors of mansions, from huts in…

Unpleasant twists

Pakistan has been making almost heroic efforts over the last few months to put its relations with Afghanistan on an even keel and make a vital contribution to the reconciliation…

Egypt’s Zia Ul Haq?

Egypt’s Zia ul Haq?

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has been dubbed Egypt’s new pharaoh, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Cincinnatus, Benito Mussolini, Abraham Lincoln, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and even another Hosni Mubarak. Comparisons and juxtapositions are being…