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The Tax Connection

The tax connection

The country has been seized by a political storm after the Panama leaks. The military has, perhaps on its own, started an operation in Punjab after the horrific Lahore suicide…

Customs Duty Controversy

Customs duty controversy

A Crisis is beginning to simmer between the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on one side, and the federal government and KP Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra on the other. At issue…

Chasm Of Distrust

Chasm of distrust

When is the decline of an offer — and a good offer at that — not so much a refusal but an expression of suspicious incredulity? In the case of…

The Sectarian Conglomerate

The sectarian conglomerate

The recent sectarian killings of over 35 people in the Bolan district and Shikarpur display the resilience of terrorist groups despite the fact that the army has been conducting an…

Holy Fathers…the Search For Relevance

Holy fathers…the search for relevance

The assorted alliance of holy fathers – various religious outfits subscribing to their own brands of irrelevance – have held out a threat to the Punjab government to withdraw or…

The Roar Of The Stuffed Lions

The roar of the stuffed lions

Islamabad diary There is a world of meaning hidden in the ISPR statement on government performance and the government’s counter-statement rejecting the army charge and spinning a story of its…

The War Against Terrorism

The war against terrorism

Whenever terrorists carry out acts of ultimate bestiality like the attacks on APS Peshawar and the Bacha Khan University, they invariably cause a deep sense of grief. The natural reaction,…

Opportunities Taken And Missed

Opportunities taken and missed

Gen Raheel Sharif has done what he could and his term as army chief will be remembered fondly and with gratitude. He gave a fillip to the war against religious…

The Monster Of Terrorism

The monster of terrorism

Once again terrorists shed innocent blood in an educational institution of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Four young terrorists wielding AK-47s stormed the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda this past Wednesday — killing…

From APS To Charsadda

From APS to Charsadda

The grisly attack on the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, one month after the first anniversary of the APS Peshawar attack, is both symbolic and strategic. The mastermind of the…