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March Madness In January

March madness in January

Considered the usual month for political madness in Pakistan, March came early this year, the turmoil complicated by election-year factors. The obstacles of the federal and Punjab governments notwithstanding, the…

Our Sleeping Avengers

Our sleeping avengers

The news today may bring you to the edge of your seat, but apathy to the violence that endures may soon take over, given the general societal attitude. At an…

In A Blind Alley

In a blind alley

The state of Pakistan has been pushed into a blind alley and it is at the same time under attack from hardliners of more than one brand. Nobody knows what…

By Diplomacy, Not Revenge

By diplomacy, not revenge

Skirmishes at the India-Pakistan Line of Control (LoC) in the Mendhar sector in Jammu have spilled blood and precipitated a crisis that could snowball into a destructive conflict unless it’s…

The World In 2030

The world in 2030

What will the world look like in 2030? Can we predict the future based on current trends? Perhaps, to some extent. However, the United States National Intelligence Council (NIC) has…

Fury Of A Patient People

Fury of a patient people

Nothing in recent times, perhaps with the exception of Israel, has exposed the ineptitude and sheer spinelessness of the United Nations and the blessed international community as Syria has. All…

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…

Palestine And US Humbug

Palestine and US humbug

Maybe I’m a bit biased, having served in a UN peacekeeping mission and thus making and maintaining contact with some urbane and highly intelligent people in the UN headquarters in…

The Silent Bystanders

The silent bystanders

The curious rumblings being witnessed on the eve of yet-to-be announced elections in Pakistan can be perceived as a game between entrenched political insiders, mainly consisting of the two major…

Do We Need Better Regulated Hedge Funds?

Do we need better regulated hedge funds?

As a special investment vehicle designed for large institutions and rich investors, hedge funds are notorious for their ruthless trading strategies aiming to reap high returns, usually these returns come…