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New Bailout Package

New bailout package

The government, at the fag end of its tenure, has reportedly invited International Monetary Fund (IMF) for negotiating a three-year bailout programme. It is a rather surprising move, especially its…

Hostage Drama In Algeria

Hostage drama in Algeria

On January 6, the Algerian military stormed the Tinguentourine natural gas facility in Amenas, where three dozen Al Qaeda-linked terrorists were holding hostages. It has been established that American, British,…

Reko Diq: Technical Knockout?

Reko Diq: technical knockout?

The honourable Supreme Court of Pakistan has finally declared the award of Reko Diq copper project's lease to a foreign joint venture Tethyan as illegal. This almost seals the fate…

Halchal In The Ranks

Halchal in the ranks

For all the fuss he created in his life ‘Maulvi Halchal’ bowed out rather quietly. A TV channel ran a bit about his passing away recently, just enough to send…

Enter Through The Narrow Gate

Enter through the narrow gate

“The sun came up upon the left, out of the sea came he! And he shone bright, and on the right went down into the sea.” Thus began the southward…

The New Kingmaker

The new kingmaker

Since the return to Pakistan last month of the Tehreek-e-Minhaj-ul-Quran (TMQ) chief, Tahirul Qadri, strange things have happened in unexpected ways. A political analyst, thinking loudly, quoted William Cowper’s 1773…

Tension Along The LoC

Tension along the LoC

What is one to make of the recent incidents along the Line of Control (LoC), the extensive and distorted media coverage they received and the consequent rise in tension in…

In Jordan Polls, Every Vote Has Its Price

In Jordan polls, every vote has its price

Rather than ideology, charisma or even religious devotion, many Jordanians say they have found a more "impartial" measure to select their next parliamentarians: tthe size of their pocketbooks "Whoever is…

Winds Of Change (Part III)

Winds of change (Part III)

The traumatic recent developments involving the long march to Islamabad of over a hundred thousand persons expressing their deep frustrations at the present political system reflect the agony of the…