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Stumbling Out Of The Gates

Stumbling out of the gates

What was the big deal about the caretakers anyway? It mattered certainly when there was still some uncertainty about the election itself. Would it be held on time or would…

Our Mighty Builders

Our mighty builders

A member of the Senate recently lashed out at the Defence Housing Authority for political reasons. My frustration with the DHA in Lahore has entirely different origins. On March 1,…

The Care That Needs Taking

The care that needs taking

Caretaker government is a funny name. Caretaker. A government ostensibly charged to care for the nation betwixt the time that one has completed its term and another is elected? Caretaker.…

A Purposeless Civil Service

A purposeless civil service

Horse-Riding was a mandatory part of the training imparted to ICS officers of the pre-Partition era. The reason was less chivalrous and more practical as horses were a viable mode…

Winds Of Change (Part III)

Winds of change (Part III)

The traumatic recent developments involving the long march to Islamabad of over a hundred thousand persons expressing their deep frustrations at the present political system reflect the agony of the…

Feeble But Welcome Signs

Feeble but welcome signs

Two protests of different kinds over an eight-day period helped shape the political landscape in the country in no uncertain terms. That was the past week. After the Jan 10…

Winds Of Change

Winds of change

Much is being written and said about Dr Tahirul Qadri – his background and his motivations. Some claim that he is an agent of foreign countries with the objective of…

The Monti Option

The Monti option

Pakistan will hold its next parliamentary and presidential elections this year. Many Pakistanis see this first ever completion of its term by an elected civilian government as cause for celebration.…

Turkey’s Erdogan Decade

Turkey’s Erdogan decade

Not long ago, Turkey was a security state where the establishment controlled policy through a shadow government. A clandestine network of military officers and their civilian proxies exercised utmost ‘legitimacy’…

Return Of Qadri

Return of Qadri

Few would have taken notice of 'Sheikhul Islam' Allama Tahirul Qadri's public meeting at the Minar-i-Pakistan had he not managed to put on as impressive a show as he did.…