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Years of unwisdom

MEMOIRS of retired Indian and Pakistani diplomats contain accounts of their postings to Islamabad and New Delhi, spent in professional pugilism and recollected in tranquillity. Former Indian high commissioner Ajay…

Ties with India

MANAGING the troubled relationship with India has been Pakistan’s most arduous foreign policy challenge. The mutual hostility has its roots in the bitterness of the manner in which the partition…

What the Baloch want

EARLY on Sunday, there were few people in the green areas in front of the Islamabad Press Club. The rows of quietly seated protesters were missing as were the cameras and visitors.…

A good conspiracy

IF one thing’s true about human nature, it’s that everyone loves a good conspiracy. The stakes are sensational, the ending is grand, and most of the characters are faceless aliens…

Criminal silence over genocide

More than two million besieged people are facing the catastrophe of famine with barely any food trickling in. But the international community has failed to stop the worst genocide in…

COP28: an oasis?

COP28 was held in Dubai from November 30 to December 13, 2023 to make substantial progress on the Paris Agreement and negotiate many vital issues to mitigate and adapt to…

Quest for leadership

on the Chinese economy and China’s military buildup, the X-factor lies somewhere else. Leadership quality is going to be the single most defining factor that can hinder or foster either…