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Pak-India diplomacy

Despite their failure to break the impasse, the Pakistani and Indian foreign secretaries, Aizaz Chaudhry and S. Jaishankar, had what were called “frank and constructive” talks in New Delhi on April 26.…

The anti-climax

The state of shock and mourning of those earlier vying for a dogfight between an elected government and the military and now inciting hatred against the khaki high command for…

The Surrender At Faizabad

The surrender at Faizabad

After almost three weeks of blackmail, hand-wringing, cowardice, thuggery and incompetence, the government of Pakistan and the violent extremists who had camped out at Faizabad under the leadership of Khadim…

Why Are They So Angry?

Why are they so angry?

Many people have sought to approach the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan with gloves and a hazmat suit. This is understandable. Any discussion about belief, religion and spirituality in Pakistan is a hazard.…

A Bumpy Transition

A bumpy transition

The former prime minister had pretty much left the stage, but Nawaz Sharif has staged a dramatic comeback in a rearguard legislative action and re-election as the president of the…

Bring Him Home

Bring him home

The five bloggers and activists that were abducted (and later released) at the beginning of 2017 will end the year with at least the vindication that an FIA investigation into…

Chief Of A Phantom Army

Chief of a phantom army

It is now official. Retired Gen Raheel Sharif will soon be taking over the command of the so-called Islamic army that is still to take shape. The ambiguity surrounding the…

A Welcome CPEC Benefit

A welcome CPEC benefit

Given its magnitude, the China-Pakistan Econo­mic Corridor (CPEC) remains the subject of considerable debate in the country, with several experts weighing in with their figures of how much the $50…

Jingoism And Jihad

Jingoism and jihad

Gen Bajwa hands over a list of 76 terrorists based across the border to the Afghan embassy in Islamabad. The Afghan government hands over a list of 85 terrorists it…

Border Blockade

Border blockade

The closure of the Pak-Afghan border has precipitated a new round of tensions between the estranged neighbours, with an amazing capacity to engage in recriminations. In what was widely seen…