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An Arab Spring In Turkey?

An Arab spring in Turkey?

This time last year we finally had our dream of visiting Turkey fulfilled. We spent a rare, serene week in Istanbul or Constantinople as it was once known. Our hotel…

No Bed Of Roses

No bed of roses

It is heartening to see that Mian Nawaz Sharif is talking sense and adopting a realistic position on the travails that assail us as he gets ready to take oath…

Not So Fast

Not so fast

Even before Nawaz Sharif’s formal swearing in as prime minister, the Manmohan Singh government has launched a major diplomatic initiative to kick-start a high-level diplomatic dialogue with the incoming government…

Old Porridge Or Something Different?

Old porridge or something different?

The same food, no matter how rich, day after day...how exciting is that? If monogamy was such a great idea, men’s eyes would not wander. If monotony was such a…

The Concept Of Self-discipline

The concept of self-discipline

Democracy calls for higher levels of self-discipline. The technology is imbibed in higher technological elements of personality. As humans, we talk of technology transfers and all those modern words which…

Politics For Profit

Politics for profit

A Frenzy of activity marked the final moments of the Sindh government’s tenure with signs of frayed nerves visible in the Chief Minister’s House and elsewhere. What did it indicate?…

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…

State Property Concerns

State property concerns

`Can governments` dealings with the assets and properties vested in it [government property] give rise to a claim that such dealings violate fundamental rights? `Can government be restrained from dealing…

Targeted Killings

Targeted killings

Targeted killing has come to be seen as driven by sectarian, ethnic or terrorist motives. In Karachi targeted killings are pushing certain groups towards isolation. Since January 2010, on average…

The General’s Dream

The general’s dream

In an informal meeting with a group of senior journalists, Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani insisted, “The army does not have any intention of derailing the…