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2008 Versus 2013

2008 versus 2013

In my article, ‘The worst is still to come’, published on January 1, I had written that “under the most likely business-as-usual scenario, Pakistan’s economic downturn is likely to gain…

Pakistan’s unmourned Bouazizi

It was a cold and clammy winter’s evening in Mexico City, but this did not seem to matter. It was a season of mirth and merriment, of mistletoe and chiming…

The Imperative Of Subversion

The imperative of subversion

The passing of the so-called ‘Fair Trial’ Bill in the National Assembly this past week should have raised eyebrows. Notwithstanding its name, the legislation will empower state agencies to intercept…

Time To See Reality

Time to see reality

So this time along with the media parliament was also manipulated and used by the real rulers. Parliamentary Committee for National Security recommendations are a consistency of the previous policy,…

Lessons For The US

Lessons for the US

There were significant moments in the 20th century when heightened awareness of major human values – freedom, justice, order, security etc – forced American, and other western thinkers and academics…

Save The Sinking Ship

Save the sinking ship

So preoccupied are we with political, security, military and foreign policy matters these days that the leadership has almost forgotten that the real threat to survival is the fast-deteriorating economy.…

Turkey’s Erdogan Decade

Turkey’s Erdogan decade

Not long ago, Turkey was a security state where the establishment controlled policy through a shadow government. A clandestine network of military officers and their civilian proxies exercised utmost ‘legitimacy’…

Time To Shun The Past

Time to shun the past

At the heart of Pakistan’s foreign and security policies lies India and at the heart of our India policy lies Kashmir, Pakistan’s jugular vein as the country’s founder described it.…

Some Kabul Themes

Some Kabul themes

Apart from the negotiations with the Taliban and the US troops’ withdrawal plans, much of what is happening in Afghanistan, especially the impact of the state’s reconstruction on society, should…

An Evolving Enemy

An evolving enemy

Three Chechens, one Uzbek, one Kyrgyzstani and one Dagestani. These are the nationalities of six of the 10 terrorists that attacked the Bacha Khan Airport in Peshawar on Saturday (the…