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The Truth About Balochistan

The truth about Balochistan

The power-hungry sardars and nawabs widely visible on Balochistan’s political scene are a by-product of the establishment’s long-term policies. These sardars derive their legitimacy from the civil-military establishment, and they…

The Informal Economy

The informal economy

New estimates indicate that Pakistan’s informal economy is larger than previously approximated, and is expanding at a rapid pace. On the other hand, the formal sector appears to be on…

Time To Revisit Nuclear Deal

Time to revisit nuclear deal

Nearly eight years ago, the then US president, George W. Bush, and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced their intention to draw up a civil nuclear cooperation agreement. President Bush…

Costly Appeasement

Costly appeasement

The past week has left the Pakistanis grappling with two serious issues: they cannot protect the Hazara Shias of Quetta, nor can they resist the armed extremists. The result of…

Aid And Achievemen

Aid and achievemen

Speaking at an event in Jacobabad last week, US Ambassador Richard Olson said that his country would continue to build “a long-term partnership with Pakistan by extending cooperation in several…

Grand Delusion

Grand delusion

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is having its best year yet. Far from being a motley crew of terrorists, it has bombed, attacked and beheaded its way far past the signpost…

Emerging Economies

Emerging economies

Since long, Pakistan is locked up in a situation of economic volatility, infrastructural deficit, financial disaster in public sector entities and growing poverty. Reformatory policies undertaken by different sectors of…

The Saviour Delusion

The saviour delusion

In terms of our national consciousness three trends seem to be ascendant: we have lost faith in the ability of individuals to possess integrity or be guided by principles, firm…

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…

Hostage Drama In Algeria

Hostage drama in Algeria

On January 6, the Algerian military stormed the Tinguentourine natural gas facility in Amenas, where three dozen Al Qaeda-linked terrorists were holding hostages. It has been established that American, British,…