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Continuing Uncertainties

Continuing uncertainties

Politicians attribute the outgoing regime's completion of its term to the longest-ever period of 'consensus' politics in Pakistan's history. Just one measure of what that consensus delivered is, that in…

Pipeline Politics

Pipeline politics

The Iran-Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project finalised amidst much fanfare with the presidents of Iran and Pakistan attending the ceremony has been generally supported by the people of this country.…

Good On Intentions…

Good on intentions…

Part of being a concerned citizen is to be well informed and, as I belong to the 18-35 age demographic that is going to cast its vote for the first…

Viewpoint: Old Thinking, New Realities

Viewpoint: Old Thinking, New Realities

Conspiracy hatchers and theorists have always abounded in the murky politics of this country: politicians conspiring with the establishment for the overthrow of their rivals, with foreign powers to keep…

Is Land Reform Off The Menu? – III

Is land reform off the menu? – III

Land and housing reforms: Innovations and opportunities due to the floods: The destruction of life and property of people due to floods have developed the need and rationale for launching…

Of Absurdity And Tragedy

Of absurdity and tragedy

Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s sudden gush of ‘peace-mongering’ and the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) and the PML-N’s support for the same is one of those absurdities of life that are too deep for…

It’s Our Country

It’s our country

The last few months have given us the feeling that it is indeed our own country we are living in. Had this not been so, we would not have appreciated…

Politics And The Pipeline

Politics and the pipeline

The ground-breaking ceremony for the Pakistan section of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline last Monday was an event of high symbolic importance. It was designed to seal Pakistan’s commitment to finally…

Party Over Individual

Party over individual

Every general election since has acted as a reminder of the uncomplicated and happy days under Gen Zia ul Haq. His 1985 election was truly a festival free from the…

The Long Shadow Of Afzal Guru

The long shadow of Afzal Guru

When Afzal Guru was hanged secretly last month in Tihar Jail, Indian officials claimed that it was a simple case of the law taking its course and that politics had…