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Azad On Pakistan

Azad on Pakistan

In continuation of last week’s column, this is Part II of the historic interview.  The other important point that has escaped Jinnah’s attention is Bengal. He does not know that…

Iran Deal: Regional View

Iran deal: regional view

THE `interim` agreement on Iran`s nuclear programme reached in Geneva two weeks ago was a seminal event in Iran`s relationship with the West and the world. Formidable obstacles remain in…

Class And State

Class and state

Hamza Alavi passed away 10 years ago this week. I was privileged to be involved in a gathering held in his memory some days ago at the university where I…

Strategic Misconception

Strategic misconception

I must refer to Sheikh Rashid’s rather blunt enunciation of his philosophy of politics: ‘line and length’, and ‘timing’. Make whatever you can of it, and I don’t know if…

New Power Balance

New power balance

The months-long suspense was broken last week by the not-so-surprising choice of a dark horse as the country’s new army chief. It was Nawaz Sharif’s way of playing safe and…

Missing Persons Vs Drones

Missing persons vs drones

They may well have stepped out of some forgotten Greek tragedy. There they were, cheated by fate in a forlorn land. Their ordeal was exceptional and stunning in the context…

Numbers Narrative

Numbers narrative

THIS is essentially an age of narratives. Narratives not only shape people’s attitudes and behaviour they also form the contours of politics, identity and ideology. Each society has its own…

Drone Dilemma

Drone dilemma

KILLER drones pose a moral and policy dilemma for the US and Pakistan. The US has found drones an easy and low-cost option to kill targeted ‘terrorists’. Over 500 drone…

The Spin-off Of The Iran Nuclear Deal

The spin-off of the Iran nuclear deal

The interim nuclear deal agreed between Iran and the P5+1 in Geneva a week ago has the potential to become a watershed of historic proportions. It could end not only…

Better Inside The Tent

Better inside the tent

By the time General Kayani became the army chief in November 2007 he had been so long in the public eye as DG ISI; VCOAS, etc, that most felt they…