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Tell Us The Whole Truth

Tell us the whole truth

In Islamabad the other day, many political leaders belonging to the PML-N and the PTI and their sidekicks like the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), journalists and commentators soaked in Islam and Pakistani…

Iftikhar Chaudhry: The Strategy Of Suo Motu

Iftikhar Chaudhry: the strategy of suo motu

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhummad Chaudhry retires today. His retirement may bring to a close what some have called the ‘suo-motu reign’ of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Chaudhry, unlike his…

Legal Fraternity`s Conundrum

Legal fraternity`s conundrum

SINCE the judicial awakening of the legal fraternity in Pakistan in 2007, a thorny issue being faced by both the barandthebenchisthe demand by many districts in Punjab that high court…

Isolation

Isolation

The PTI’s brand of politics to secure its vote-bank is proving to be divisive – dangerously divisive. At one level, the PTI is pitching one province against another. At the…

The Game-changer

The game-changer

The Iran nuclear deal is the single most important game-changer in world politics after the cataclysmic events of 9/11. In fact, the world has now started to change in real…

Class And State

Class and state

Hamza Alavi passed away 10 years ago this week. I was privileged to be involved in a gathering held in his memory some days ago at the university where I…

Strategic Misconception

Strategic misconception

I must refer to Sheikh Rashid’s rather blunt enunciation of his philosophy of politics: ‘line and length’, and ‘timing’. Make whatever you can of it, and I don’t know if…

Congress, Modi And The Road Ahead

Congress, Modi and the road ahead

‘I found power lying on the streets of St Petersburg; all I did was pick it up’, said Lenin. This is true modesty considering the total revolution that the Bolsheviks…

Talks With No Outcome

Talks with no outcome

Recent diplomatic exchanges between Pakistan and India are akin to being on a treadmill: plenty of activity and movement without going anywhere. There have been a series of informal, high-level…

Lying To Ourselves

Lying to ourselves

EVER hear of Counter terrorism Pursuit Teams? The CIA’s 3,000-strong personal army culled from the best fighters in Afghanistan? The one the CIA keeps along the Pak-Afghan border and uses…