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The Gathering Storm?

The gathering storm?

The record 125 deaths on January 10, (90 in Quetta alone) caused by bomb blasts and targeted killings, countrywide protests thereafter, and demands for Army takeover of Quetta, magnified the…

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…

Factory Inspections – I

Factory inspections – I

The recent unfortunate incident of fire in a readymade garment factory in Baldia in Karachi resulting in the death of more than 200 workers has prompted me to undertake an…

Obituary Essay: A Pragmatic Politician

Obituary essay: A pragmatic politician

The words "former Amir of Jamaat" or a person having filled the leadership of Jamaat-e-Islami previously as an introduction of Qazi Hussain Ahmad, who was buried yesterday in his native…

The Age Of Judges

The age of judges

The 114th Constitution Amendment Bill has been tabled in the Lok Sabha (the Indian parliament). The bill seeks to enhance the retirement age of judges, proposing that the retirement age…

The World In 2030

The world in 2030

What will the world look like in 2030? Can we predict the future based on current trends? Perhaps, to some extent. However, the United States National Intelligence Council (NIC) has…

IMF Mission In Town

IMF mission in town

At the request of the government, an IMF mission is visiting Pakistan to initiate discussion for a three-year bailout programme. As reported in the press, during their two-week stay in…

Palestine And US Humbug

Palestine and US humbug

Maybe I’m a bit biased, having served in a UN peacekeeping mission and thus making and maintaining contact with some urbane and highly intelligent people in the UN headquarters in…

Tax Delinquents

Tax delinquents

A resident of Alberta, Canada, has posed a question through email that deserves a detailed and satisfactory reply. The statement quoted in this mail, though based on misunderstanding, reflects sadly…

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…