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Superpatriots

PATRIOTISM is when I believe in my country and another does not. Who is a true patriot? The man who obeys the Constitution, one who enforces it, one who abjures…

TLP’s political future

SOME interesting disclaimers were circulating on social media after the security forces’ recent crackdown on the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) activists in Punjab. These were clippings of print media advertisements, attributed…

A relentless war

ON Dec 1, 2018, The New York Times published a story, titled A Generation of Widows, Raising Children Who Will Be Forged by Loss, by Mujib Mashal and Fatima Faizi.…

The distance travelled

IT seems to be a case of much ado about nothing. The FIA, after five years of investigations, has recommended that the Asghar Khan case be put to bed.  According…

Civil-military ties

THE people of Pakistan have a strong democratic temperament. Throughout the year, the country’s many elections are robustly contested in bar associations, chambers of commerce, professional associations, unions, civil society…

More than a personality clash

THE civil-military saga continues to be the biggest story coming out of Pakistan in the aftermath of the Kartarpur opening. Many of the guests invited for the ceremony haven’t stopped talking about all…

The Bajwa Doctrine

The Bajwa doctrine

‘Horror vacui’ – ‘nature abhors a vacuum’. Aristotle, the father of Western philosophy, postulated that wherever vacuums would occur, ‘denser surrounding material would immediately fill the vacuum’. Nawaz Sharif, not…

All Hail The Omnipotent

All hail the omnipotent

While in the last two weeks the PTI government has fallen prey to its own rhetoric and produced some humour, it is firmly in the saddle for two reasons. One,…

Surrendering To Bigots

Surrendering to bigots

Friday, September 7, 2018 was a day of shame. Dr Atif Mian, as PTI leader Faisal Javed Khan tweeted, “was asked to step down from the Advisory Council and he…

Power Play

Power play

Major political players: PML-N, PTI and PPP. Non political players: The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) and the General Head Quarter (GHQ). Context: the PML-N has landed in hot water.…