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Imperfect Democracy

Imperfect democracy

Holding parliamentary elections in about 60 days from a standing start, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) says that ‘local bodies’ polls cannot be held soon for various reasons. Informed…

Islamists Under Fire

Islamists under fire

How time flies! Ramazan is nearly gone and Eid is here before one could really celebrate the blessed month. This has been another Ramazan spent away from home and loved…

Rethinking Local Government

Rethinking local government

Thanks to the Supreme Court, the provinces have been forced to introduce local governments under Article 140-A. Punjab introduced its Local Government Bill on July 26, 2013. The purpose of…

A Lethal Nexus

A lethal nexus

It is time to note the voice of anguish and desperation of senior police commanders. “The more serious problem in Pakistan is that the terrorists and insurgents are getting aligned…

The Mad In The Mad House

The mad in the mad house

It’s official. This country is full of crazy people, and I can't help but fall wonderfully in love with this madhouse called Pakistan. They don't make it like this anywhere…

How To Handle A Crisis

How to handle a crisis

It was a cold day in February 1994. Three Afghans armed with pistols and hand grenades had hijacked a school bus from Peshawar. They took 74 schoolchildren and staff hostage…

Sikandar’s Allegorical Adventure

Sikandar’s allegorical adventure

And now we had another dramatic performance that was played live on our news channels. It held the nation spellbound for hours. It had all the ingredients of a thriller.…

The Fading Hope Of Peace In Afghanistan

The fading hope of peace in Afghanistan

Though only a certified lunatic would claim to be an “Afghan expert”, this is precisely how a western scholar introduced himself to me in a lengthy email about Mullah Omar’s…