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The Truth About Balochistan

The truth about Balochistan

The power-hungry sardars and nawabs widely visible on Balochistan’s political scene are a by-product of the establishment’s long-term policies. These sardars derive their legitimacy from the civil-military establishment, and they…

Dereliction Of Diplomatic Norms

Dereliction of diplomatic norms

Adam Thomson, Her Britannic Majesty’s High Commissioner in Pakistan, could do with a refresher course on diplomacy. He told a select group of journalists at his residence in Islamabad on…

Conflict Economics

Conflict economics

A paranoid style of thinking is entrenching itself in our country, and a bizarre reading of our economic challenges and destiny lies at the root of it. Over the last…

Before Disaster Strikes

Before disaster strikes

Another high-profile, low-output meeting on Afghanistan has been held. On February 3-4 Prime Minister David Cameron met the presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan at Chequers, his country residence, for trilateral…

The Shadow Over Pakistan

The shadow over Pakistan

The Soviet pullout from Afghanistan in 1989 was a triumph for our military establishment. The ISI and the Zia regime, while not solely responsible for that outcome, had helped bring…

Manufacture Of The Militant Discourse

Manufacture of the militant discourse

Following an embedded visit to the terrorism-hit Waziristan last December, an Islamabad-based journalist broke a story about cracks appearing in the leadership of the outlawed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Claiming an…

The Path To Peace In Fata

The path to peace in Fata

The residents of Bara in Khyber Agency have faced an extremely difficult situation ever since Pakistan joined the war on terror and deployed the army in the tribal areas. A…

Hostage Drama In Algeria

Hostage drama in Algeria

On January 6, the Algerian military stormed the Tinguentourine natural gas facility in Amenas, where three dozen Al Qaeda-linked terrorists were holding hostages. It has been established that American, British,…

Ground Zero

Ground zero

A version of this essay was published exactly four years ago. The introduction has been updated and some details altered in the text. But the message remains the same: nuclear…

Remembering Qazi Hussain Ahmed

Remembering Qazi Hussain Ahmed

People who fight for a cause deserve praise. And someone with a lifelong commitment towards a cause is worthy of respect. Qazi Hussain Ahmed was one such person. He passed…