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Kargil Lows

Kargil lows

Gen (r) Shahid Aziz’s effort to ‘disclose’ an open secret has brought the Kargil conflict back into focus. Finding out who knew what and to what extent is certainly important.…

New Bailout Package

New bailout package

The government, at the fag end of its tenure, has reportedly invited International Monetary Fund (IMF) for negotiating a three-year bailout programme. It is a rather surprising move, especially its…

Doctors On Strike

Doctors on strike

A cat and mouse game is raging on between young doctors and the government of Punjab. There is a set pattern being followed by both sides, based on earlier skirmishes…

Reko Diq: Technical Knockout?

Reko Diq: technical knockout?

The honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan has finally declared the award of Reko Diq copper project's lease to a foreign joint venture Tethyan as illegal. This almost seals the fate…

A BJP-driven U-turn?

A BJP-driven U-turn?

Looking at the U-turn in Indo-Pak relations, January seems a strange month. The change perplexed everyone, because throughout 2012, a perception was built that these belligerent neighbours had finally accepted…

Obama’s New Men

Obama’s new men

Two men loom large in the emerging shuffle in the cabinet of the now second-term President Barack Obama. The first, John Brennan, who was previously the administration’s adviser for counterterrorism,…

Tax Amnesty For Whom?

Tax amnesty for whom?

The Political and Strategy Committee (PSC) of Pakistan Tahreek-i-Insaf (PTI), in a meeting held under its Chairman Imran has expressed deep concern over the introduction of Tax Laws (Amendment) Bill…

Factory Inspections – II

Factory inspections – II

Techniques of inspection in each of the provinces: (a) At least one thorough inspection of each factory must be carried out once every six months and omissions or defects brought…

Supremacy Versus Obligations

Supremacy versus obligations

 The economic challenges the post-election regime will face are massive, but no politician talks about how his/her party will address them. All they do is to label those who ask…

Torturing The Facts

Torturing the facts

Eleven years after George W Bush sent the first detainees to Guantanamo, the Oscar-nominated film Zero Dark Thirty made its national debut. Zero Dark Thirty is disturbing for two reasons.…