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An Assembly Silenced

An assembly silenced

Kashmir’s chief minister, Omar Abdullah, successfully foiled repeated attempts in Kashmir’s legislative assembly to discuss Afzal Guru’s case. In this, as on much else, he obediently followed his father’s line.…

A Generational Conflict

A generational conflict

Violence – escalating and uncontrollable – has always posed the greatest threat to political transition in Pakistan. This has become increasingly evident following the election-inspired killings in Peshawar, Quetta and…

Nawaz Has A Lot To Learn

Nawaz has a lot to learn

With the polling date less than two weeks away, the election campaign has now reached its peak. The selective targeting of the ANP by the TTP and the continuing violence…

The Al-Awlaki Affair

The Al-Awlaki affair

The group of drones that scouted and killed Anwar al-Awlalci took off from southern Saudi Arabia. It was a morning in September 2011 and the sun was shining clear and…

Apt Handling Of National Security – II

Apt handling of national security – II

Our armed forces and intelligence agencies have become more hardened today than they were ever before in the conduct of Low Intensity Conflict (LIC). However, over the past decade, the…

PPP’s Strategy To Retain Power

PPP’s strategy to retain power

Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians (PPPP) 2013 election strategy is distinct from its own past strategies as well as those being employed by other political parties. While the immediate family of…

Predatory Elites

Predatory elites

Pakistan is ruled and controlled by predatory elites in whose hands power and wealth are concentrated. The ruling elites - comprising indomitable military-civil-judicial complex, unscrupulous politicians, mighty religious party leaders,…

Questioning Ideology

Questioning ideology

There is renewed interest in questions of Islamic ideology and the ideology of Pakistan following the implementation of the concepts of ‘sadiq’ and ‘ameen’ as per ROW (returning officers’ wisdom).…

Elections: The Uncertainties

Elections: the Uncertainties

The incumbent regime is busy doing what it thinks will endear it to the voters; it displays no worries over its re-election prospects because, despite loud claims about empowerment of…

Dual Nationality

Dual nationality

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is engaged in drafting and seeking approval where required, of a set of rules for prospective candidates, some based on court decisions, for the…