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Fourth Schedule

Fourth schedule

I was surprised to read a recent editorial in this newspaper highlighting the sporadic implementation of the Fourth Schedule, which stated that out of the some 8,000 people on it,…

Gitmo Awaits More?

Gitmo awaits more?

Donald Trump says he wants to be unpredictable. But with the inauguration nearly with us, there is one group that can be certain that having Mr Trump in the White…

Reaping The Whirlwind

Reaping the whirlwind

The targets may be different but the perpetrators of the two deadly attacks carried out in Balochistan in the space of one month are the same. The responsibility of the…

Shimla Diplomacy

Shimla diplomacy

THE much-vaunted agreement at Shimla, on July 2, 1972, between India and Pakistan has wide scope as an ‘Agreement on Bilateral Relations Between the Government of India and the Government…

The Naga Pact

The Naga pact

THE Naga Agreement, concluded in New Delhi on Aug 3, and described variously as a “framework agreement” and even as a “preamble”, holds more than one lesson as to how…

Treachery No Less

Treachery no less

“Would you like to become chief minister of Kashmir again?” Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah was asked in 1968, shortly after his release from internment, by a correspondent of the Shabistan Urdu…

Torture

Torture

The United Nations headquarter in Geneva, the Palais des Nations, is a soporific sort of place. The UN officials have little to disturb them as they watch the world go…

The Grandmother Of All Embarrassments

The grandmother of all embarrassments

Even when we suspected the worst but did not know all the facts, the Abbottabad raid on the Bin Laden compound was the mother of all embarrassments…for the army and…