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Letter to Biden

he following is a condensed version of a longer open letter to US President Joe Biden: Dear Mr President, we wish you all the success during your ensuing visit to…

The rise of bigotry

A religiously motivated violent mob in Jaranwala, Faisalabad attacked, vandalized and set houses and churches of the Christian community on fire on August 16. According to the initial official assessment,…

Strategic miscalculations regarding TTP

Given the political and economic instability and uncertainty afflicting Pakistan, it is all too easy to forget the continuing biggest security challenge for the country: the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Fortunately,…

Path of maximum uncertainty

The market’s given a roaring farewell to the coalition government (up about 20pc since the SBA) but – write this down somewhere – there’s simply too much uncertainty on at…

The legacy that lingers

August 17 marks the death anniversary of General Ziaul Haq, Pakistan’s longest serving ruler. Having ousted the country’s hitherto most popular leader ZA Bhutto in a coup on July 5,…

The fault was in our policies

The terrible terrorist attack in Bajaur shows that, despite having sacrificed more than 70,000 lives and suffering financial losses worth over $100 billion, we have been unable to stamp out…

Ciphers you can’t decipher

Even if you are totally bowled over by the endless reverberations of what had happened on May 9, you still need to have patience to bear with this rising tempo…

Religious minorities’ woes

Amidst all the kerfuffle about general elections looming on the horizon, our attention has been diverted (inadvertently or deliberately?) from the continuing plight of religious minorities in our society. Consider.…

May 9 and the cult of Imran Khan

On May 9, the militant cult-followers of a ‘political’ leader waged war against the state of Pakistan, violently attacking symbols of the state and dishonouring monuments put up in memory…

Western policies and immigration

The recent boat tragedy off the Greek shores has saddened the entire nation, prompting Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to announce a day of mourning. The fate of many Pakistanis is…