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Young Restless Iraqis Grapple With Authority

Young restless Iraqis grapple with authority

After a quick glance in his rear-view mirror, Mustafa smiled confidently. With a flick of the wrist, the 22-year-old launched his motorcycle into a wheelie for the delighted crowd. But…

Inadvisably Hurried Polls

Inadvisably hurried polls

In democracies (especially those supposedly threatened by military take-overs), the key concern of democratic regimes, when in power, should be to manage the affairs of the state in a manner…

The Significance Of May 11

The significance of May 11

May 11 is not far away at all now. In fact, it lies just around the corner and, naturally enough, campaigning is on in earnest – with tickets allotted and…

The Myth Of May 11

The myth of May 11

Some commentators, who are perfectly rational and do not believe in such esoteric things as numerology or the relevance of dates, have – nevertheless – observed that May 11 has…

Muslim World In Decline

Muslim world in decline

Myanmar is a country that is supposed to be recovering from years of dictatorial rule and moving towards democracy and an opening up to the rest of the world. It…

Unanswered Questions

Unanswered questions

A day or so after last week’s Boston marathon bombings, a local luminary solemnly declared that there could be no possible justification or explanation for the outrage. The first part…

The Jiyalas And The Red Shirts

The jiyalas and the red shirts

A grenade attack on the home of a PPP candidate in Peshawar is followed by a deadly suicide attack on an Awami National Party rally in the city. Events of…

Our Fickle Fortune

Our fickle fortune

Terrorism and violent death stalk Pakistan and have penetrated all folds of national life. It’s the standard fare of most conversations, especially of Karachiites. But there is no reason to…

In The Land Of No Loadshedding

In the land of no loadshedding

Ok, don't ask me where I am because to quote Jimmy Gilmer of The Fireballs, "I ain’t gonna tell". The only thing I can tell you is that I ain’t…

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…