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Harbouring False Hopes

Harbouring false hopes

On April 29 and May 6, 2009, I wrote a two-part column entitled “Past history and present politics.” In it I dwelt upon Obama’s election as president and the hype…

The March Of The Khan

The march of the Khan

The tribal areas of Pakistan are called “Bazo-y Shamsheer Zen” (an arm armed with a sword) due to their history and geopolitics. North Waziristan could rightly be termed the heart…

No Gallantry Medal For Shujaat

No gallantry medal for Shujaat

Chaudhary Shujaat Husain has often been not taken due notice of. This is undeserving of a man of peace, of a family, that has been at the centre of Pakistani…

The Brewing Storm

The brewing storm

A few months before his death in 1882 the American poet and essayist, Ralph Waldo Emerson, observed that “common sense is as rare as genius.” Rare it may be but…

Forgetting History

Forgetting history

The ministerial springing to the defence of the ISI took off pre-Abbottabad. On April 25, the interior minister, Rehman Malik, told the press that “the ISI is not and has…

The ‘doctorest’ Of Them All

The ‘doctorest’ of them all

I think there are too many doctors in Pakistani politics. And now we have a Dr Malik. Normally I don’t write about one subject twice in a row. So having…

Confrontation Must Be Avoided

Confrontation must be avoided

Some of the heat seems to have gone out of the "get Punjab" operation. Ansar Abbasi in this paper has hinted at a grand deal between the Sharifs and Zardari.…

Beyond Slogans

Beyond slogans

Pakistan’s politics has received a shot in the arm over the past few days. Two public rallies in Lahore, where all the decisive political battles have been fought, and the…

The Pakistani Dream?

The Pakistani dream?

Well, I had to set my alarm to get up before six in the morning on Thursday to catch the live transmission of the first presidential debate between Barack Obama…

For A Few Seats More

For a few seats more

Good news. The 21st century Indian voter is non-partisan. Loyalty is yesterday’s story; support is now a consequence of governance and delivery. The rhetoric of parties has changed, which is…