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The New Governance

The new governance

Are earnest, well-meaning people no shortage of this breed here – still missing the trick? When this government wants to do something it goes ahead and does it. Nearly five…

The Kerry Visit

The Kerry visit

The oft-postponed visit by Secretary John Kerry had been eagerly awaited in Islamabad. According to the pre-arrival briefing provided by State Department officials to the press team which was accompanying…

The Sectarian War

The sectarian war

In my last column on the Syrian situation I had promised to write on the impact that sectarian strife in that country is having on the region. The antiBashar al…

The Dynamics Of Kidnapping

The dynamics of kidnapping

As the federal cabinet – which recently met in Karachi – noted, kidnapping for ransom has become one of the biggest threats to security in the city. There have been…

Being Asif Zardari

Being Asif Zardari

“Islamabad is already jolted and now let’s wait for the aftershocks.” That was my first reaction at a TV talk show on Sept 7 when the anchor asked for my…

Redefining Ourselves

Redefining ourselves

In terms of massive tragedy, atrocities committed and personal traumas surely no one community has suffered more in contemporary history than the Ummah –the worldwide community of Muslims. Indeed, if…

Parliament`s Vote

Parliament`s vote

By any standard, the vote in Britain`s House of Commons on Aug 29 was a historic one. Its effects will be felt, and its significance better appreciated, with the passage…

The Security Challenge

The security challenge

Economic interdependence between nations is a reality of today. Even countries like the US or China are not totally self-reliant. An economic shock in one region sends waves throughout the…

Pak-US Mistrust: A Reminder

Pak-US mistrust: a reminder

Last week, top secret details about America’s intelligence expenditure were made public as part of the leaks by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. The leaked “black budget” has never…