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IT has been a month since the so-called unity government came to power. It still seems to be labouring under the illusion that formulating a coherent programme to serve the…

The IMF surcharge is unfair

Pakistan is one of 14 countries adversely affected by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) loans which trigger surcharges that as per Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate, and Gallagher, Professor at Boston…

To Rwanda

WHEN tea was first imported into England, the locals brewed it, threw the liquid away and chewed the tea leaves. Pakistan practises a similar perversity. It imported democracy, theocracy and…

The price of defeat

US Special Envoy for Afghan Peace and Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad is once more treading the well worn path of a political settlement of the Afghan war that would allow a…

STPF 2015-18: A review — I

The approximate value of potential to be harnessed in 2015-18 of Strategic Trade Policy Framework Review (STPF) was around US$ 45 billion. But despite passage of almost 6 years our…

Friends and enemies

The fate of peace talks with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) remains uncertain after the group ended the month-long ceasefire earlier in December, accusing the Pakistani authorities of failing to honour…

Missing Dilip Kumar in the fight

IT was the thespian’s birthday on Saturday, the first since his demise in July from age-related ailments. The fact that he valiantly fought the fight for India’s cultural soul, for its progressive…

The face of a nation

“Finding the occasional straw of truth awash in a great ocean of confusion and bamboozle requires intelligence, vigilance, dedication and courage. But if we don’t practice these tough habits of…

Old battles, new tactics

One step forward, two steps back. That’s how one can sum up the endless saga of India-Pakistan engagement – in six words. If hopeless romantics like us on both sides,…