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The Friday Column: Falling from grace

A vast world of pain and emotion is encapsulated in the time between two of Faiz’s classics: ‘Subh-e-Azadi’ (Morning of freedom) and ‘Dhaka say wapsi per’ (On return from Dhaka).…

PTI needs to introspect about its own motives

PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) may be ready for the elections but the real question is whether the party is ready for governance. The question is: Does it have the capacity and…

A painful saga

It is becoming increasingly difficult to write about Pakistan because so vast is the extent of challenges it faces and so grave their intensity that one is lost in the…

Between delusion and deception

Delusion is generally perceived as a state of mind and deception, an act mired in ill intentions. But there is a definitive common ground between the two which cannot be…

There are no shortcuts

General (r) Qamar Javed Bajwa has walked into the sunset leaving behind a legacy that, in many ways, will haunt us for a long time to come. The damage inflicted…

A besieged Islamabad

The long march has been on the road for a full one week now with no visible indication of it weakening either in numbers, or in the trademark expression of…

Disaster after disaster

In this era of rapid climate change, the importance of climate projections in policymaking, resource management, economic activity and technological advancement cannot be denied. Information about changes in climate change…

Clarity in a time of chaos

The presser by the ISI chief and the DG ISPR was held on Oct 27, 2022 – exactly 64 years after the first military takeover of Pakistan by General Ayub…

Empower the local

Pakistan has seldom enjoyed a fully functional local government system. In most cases, military dictators were more interested in installing a local-bodies mechanism that could serve their own nefarious designs…

An attack on democracy

A possible long march by the PTI appears to be yet another desperate attempt by the former prime minister to destabilize the country. A cursory look at the past 25…