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Who Says Countries Are Permanent?

Who says countries are permanent?

We should know this more than others. The Pakistan of 1947 is not the Pakistan which exists today, one half of it having broken away to form another country. I…

A War Of Choice

A war of choice

A discerning disaggregation of the phenomenon of militancy among the groups that have, over decades, taken root in central and southern Punjab makes for an important study. This is especially…

Harsh Lessons From Regime Change

Harsh lessons from regime change

Although the event went largely unreported in Pakistan and elsewhere, a Coptic church was burned down in the Libyan city of Benghazi on March 4. Earlier, there was an assassination…

The Undisputed Power

The undisputed power

When one views the pictures of president George W. Bush being informed of 9/11, bewilderment and shock are evident. After all the American mainland, protected by two oceans, had never…

Our Mighty Builders

Our mighty builders

A member of the Senate recently lashed out at the Defence Housing Authority for political reasons. My frustration with the DHA in Lahore has entirely different origins. On March 1,…

India`s Power Slipping Away?

India`s power slipping away?

Once in a blue moon, an Indian bureaucrat gets it right. R.V. Shahi, the union power secretary in 2003, took on a backwater job that few wanted, and resurrected the…

The Roots Of Terrorism

The roots of terrorism

A Cursory analysis of the Stary Global Terrorism Database reveals that over the past decade, Pakistan has had the highest number of terrorismrelated deaths in the world. In fact, the…

Tax The Rich

Tax the rich

The Human Development Report 2013 just released by the United Nations Development Programme highlights the rise of the Global South, comprising 130 developing countries, as the main drivers of the…

Sanctions And Pipelines

Sanctions and pipelines

Place your bets. Will Pakistan risk inviting American and European Union sanctions upon itself, as well as the ire of its key ally Saudi Arabia, in return for Iranian help…

Missing Women

Missing women

“The average North Carolina housewife had to walk 148 miles per year while carrying 3.5 tons of water. There is no more important event that liberated women than the invention…