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Time To Reveal The Truth

Time to reveal the truth

For the last six years I have struggled in vain to understand the logic of our policymakers and their spokespersons when it comes to dealing with extremism and terrorism. I…

The General’s Dream

The general’s dream

In an informal meeting with a group of senior journalists, Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani insisted, “The army does not have any intention of derailing the…

Gender-sensitive Policing

Gender-sensitive policing

Worldwide perceptions regarding women’s participation in law enforcement are changing, but in Pakistan policing is still a male-dominated career. In Pakistan, the origin of women policing can be traced to…

Factory Inspections – I

Factory inspections – I

The recent unfortunate incident of fire in a readymade garment factory in Baldia in Karachi resulting in the death of more than 200 workers has prompted me to undertake an…

Asia – The Next Economic Giant?

Asia – the next economic giant?

Post "Great Recession" rates of output and employment growth in Asia surpassed these rates in all other regions. Asian economies have rebounded strongly and became the engine of growth of…

The Quetta Tragedy

The Quetta tragedy

Sectarian militants have caused Quetta to be drenched in blood many times in the past. But the ghastly carnage of the Hazara Shias last week was shocking even by Pakistan’s…

Defining imperialism

Is there a Saudi imperialism? No, there is not. Still, the term ‘Saudi imperialism’ is fast creeping into left-liberal narratives. Drawing our attention to ‘Saudi imperialism’, such narratives refer to…

State of the nation

The mobs venting their anger on Benazir Bhutto’s assassination on Dec 27, 2007, let loose an orgy of riot and mayhem. Many took to the business of violence not only…

Further Progress

Further progress

Last week I had identified some steps that Pakistan had taken to promote reconciliation in Afghanistan. I had suggested that there were further measures that Pakistan should also take, urgently, since…