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The Attempt To Rescue Timbuktu

The attempt to rescue Timbuktu

The capture by Islamist rebels on Monday of Diabaly, a hitherto government-controlled town some 400km from the Malian capital of Bamako, comes across as a setback for the French military…

To Prevent Rape, Fight Masculinity

To prevent rape, fight masculinity

One month on, public outrage at the gang rape and barbaric brutalisation of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in Delhi, causing her death, refuses to die down. Among the factors driving…

The Quetta Tragedy

The Quetta tragedy

Sectarian militants have caused Quetta to be drenched in blood many times in the past. But the ghastly carnage of the Hazara Shias last week was shocking even by Pakistan’s…

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…