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The Quetta Tragedy

The Quetta tragedy

Sectarian militants have caused Quetta to be drenched in blood many times in the past. But the ghastly carnage of the Hazara Shias last week was shocking even by Pakistan’s…

Beyond Reform?

Beyond reform?

Since the start of World Bank funded Tax Administration Reforms Programme (TARP), FBR has been making tall claims about its automation efforts. All the chairmen of FBR, who headed the…

Hilarity In Chakwal

Hilarity in Chakwal

Forget high shenanigans. Forget doom and gloom. Forget even the Niagara Falls. For a taste of real political excitement these days make the golden journey to holy Chakwal. More bizarre…

Remembering Benazir

Remembering Benazir

December 27, 2012 marks the fifth death anniversary of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, the great visionary leader, who resisted with great courage the agenda of neo-colonial forces - pushing Pakistan to…

The Hawks And The Offer

The hawks and the offer

Should the government talk to the Taliban, or should it not? That is the question. The answer from the hawks would be a resounding no. They would argue that the…

Talking With The Enemy

Talking with the enemy

In more than a decade-long conflict between the Pakistani state and the Al-Qaeda and its inspired local militants, the initiative undoubtedly has fallen into the hands of the extremists. They…

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

What’s wrong with this picture?

The vehement denials that have lately been pouring out of Islamabad with reference to Matt Waldman’s controversial discussion paper on the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) directorate’s embroilment with the Afghan Taliban…

Pak-US Ties In 2012

Pak-US ties in 2012

A series of crises in 2011 set the tone for US-Pakistan interaction in 2012; these included Raymond Davis’ shooting of two Pakistanis and Bin Laden’s killing. However, it was the…

Mullah Nazir’s Death Will Change Nothing

Mullah Nazir’s death will change nothing

The death of Mullah Nazir during a drone attack on his vehicle near the Afghan border has come as no surprise to many people, including those from South Waziristan. There…

Nothing Strategic, All Tactical

Nothing strategic, all tactical

Cross-border terrorism, drone attacks and intelligence sharing are the three issues. The CIA says the Haqqani Network “represents a strategic threat to the stability of the Afghan state and US…