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Thick, Black Clouds

Thick, black clouds

The recent acts of violence have reminded me of my column, ‘Mass graves’ (April 30, 2012). In that I had pointed out that mass graves were the result of either…

Faustian Bargain?

Faustian bargain?

What do you do when the killers say that they will kill you if you say that they are killers? Should you sell your soul to the devil? Or should…

View Point: New Pak-Saudi Terms Of Endearment

View Point: New Pak-Saudi terms of endearment

Two interesting visitors came calling this month from a brotherly Muslim country. First to arrive was the Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal to lay down the groundwork for what…

Indo-Pak Trade

Indo-Pak trade

In January, at the end of a week-long visit to India by Pakistan's Commerce Minister and negotiations with his Indian counterpart, both countries agreed to allow round-the-clock movement of goods…

Curse Of The IEDs

Curse of the IEDs

Pakistan has been in the grip of brutal and senseless attacks by militants using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) for some time now. In the latest attack, 27 security personnel were…

Elusive Prison Reforms

Elusive prison reforms

PRISONERS are also human and have a certain dignity which is provided by our Constitution: thus spoke the Chief Justice of Pakistan at a workshop on prisoners’ vulnerability some time…

Challenges: Known And Unknown

Challenges: known and unknown

DURING the six months of the current government, there have been few changes on major national issues. Given the rapidly evolving global, regional and domestic developments, the national challenges facing…

A Minister’s Job

A minister’s job

It has been reported in the press that on January 1, 2014 the federal finance minister gave a briefing to the cabinet on the state of the economy. If the…