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The Republic Need Of The Hour

The Republic need of the hour

Mankind has yet to devise a way of governing the state whose fairness, workability and transparency is sustainable; of the systems invented so far, the one that allows curbing weaknesses…

The Art Of Flattery

The art of flattery

“Flattery will get you nowhere,” says a stern and forbidding commander to a junior officer who has come looking for a favour. But there are many who do not subscribe…

A Decade Of Damage

A decade of damage

That prison Guantánamo with its hoods and orange boiler suits,cages and razor wire stockades,soon came to symbolise arbitrary detention,rendition,torture and other abuse,and the overall failure of US authorities to respect…

As Kabul And Delhi Edge Closer

As Kabul and Delhi edge closer

It would be like riding the proverbial tiger. If we think we can somehow play the kingmaker and reap the harvest, that would be like Alice in Wonderland. Even the…

Justice On Trial

Justice on trial

The Punjab police, the Punjab government or someone in the Lahore High Court has leaked to The News extremely disturbing information suggesting that a senior judge of the Lahore High…

Of Diplomacy And Glacier Conks

Of diplomacy and glacier conks

Roedad Khan perhaps has burnt himself out, at least proverbially. His passion remains stuck with stark disappointments as he yearns to see the ‘Quaid’s’ dreams achieved. Hamid Mir, Ansar Abbasi,…

Bribes For Foreigners

Bribes for foreigners

“EACH of you, in doing what you did, helped secure an important contract which benefited, financially, society as a whole; but the ends never justify the means,” an English judge…

Kashmir’s Struggle And The Injustices

Kashmir’s struggle and the injustices

A particularly disturbing slogan heard in the Kashmir Valley, where its young school-goers and old patriarchs, angry women and restive youth are courageously defying Indian rule, is enough to put…

Paying For Pakistan

Paying for Pakistan

Here’s the great secret about Pakistan: we aren’t as poor as we like to think. Over the years I’ve travelled a fair bit around our country. I’ve ridden on the…

Bhopal Still Waits For Justice

Bhopal still waits for justice

The contrast between BP’s response to the outrage over the oil spill in the US and Union Carbide’s attitude to the uproar over the Bhopal disaster of 1984 couldn’t have…