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Kingdoms Of God

Kingdoms of God

It is remarkable to think that it has been only a couple of years since the world was raving about the so-called Arab Spring. Commentators all over the world were…

The Reign Of Gullu Butts

The reign of Gullu Butts

The Model Town operation that claimed 10 precious lives and its aftermath highlight much of what is wrong with today’s Pakistan. The legitimacy of state authority is already in tatters.…

Red Tape

Red tape

State bureaucracies are notorious for being both opaque and unresponsive to the needs of the very citizens they are supposed to serve. In post-colonial countries where citizenship is itself a…

Bard For Our Times

Bard for our times

A Copy of William Shakespeare’s complete works was once smuggled into South Africa’s Robben Island prison, in the guise of a Hindu prayer book. It passed from hand to hand,…

Cultural Crisis In GB

Cultural crisis in GB

Gilgit-Baltistan is home to diverse linguistic, religious and ethnic groups. During the last two decades the word culture has become very popular among the people there, the youth in particular.That…

End Of Imagination

End of imagination

A friend was all fire and brimstone when another one quoted Kaifi Azmi to drive home his message. In his piece titled ‘Indian Muslim Women: Bottom of the Bottom’, Syed…

Economics Of Poverty In Thar

Economics of poverty in Thar

The tragedy of Thar is that no one in the federal or the provincial government really understands what can or could have been done in the desert areas of Pakistan…

Oil, Gas And War

Oil, gas and war

Vladimir Putin is no wimp. When he was challenged at Sochi with repeated terror attacks – so that he would not be able to hold his dream winter Olympics there…

Tribes And Terrorism

Tribes and terrorism

Rustam Shah Mohmand, a member of the team appointed by the government to negotiate with Taliban, ignited a debate this week through an article contributed to a national English daily,…