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A Man Called Azad Hussain

A man called Azad Hussain

One learns from unlikely sources. A person who unfailingly gave me pause for thought is Azad Hussain. He was a man of humble means but was blessed with the ability…

Peace Needed For Development

Peace needed for development

The federal cabinet`s decisions to hand over Gwadar port to the Chinese and to go ahead with the Iran Pakistan (IP) gas pipeline project despite US pressure seem to be…

Between Peril And Promise

Between peril and promise

What is the state of Pakistan`s economy? Or, perhaps of greater relevance, the broader state of the `union`? Each year, the highly-regarded and widely followed annual report of the State…

A Case For Change

A case for change

The land of the Indus is not particularly fertile for revolutions. An individual has to operate as the member of a family, a clan and different social networks. Political ambition…

Kargil Heights

Kargil heights

The successful first three years of his civilian rule notwithstanding, Musharraf failed to give his own core constituency the leadership and direction they deserved for their unwavering loyalty to him…

That Right Feeling About TV

That right feeling about TV

Gullible Indians often believe that journalists on TV speak the gospel truth. I have met unsuspecting ones among them who believe emperor Babar was a Pakistani. They had read this…

Politics Of Expediency

Politics of expediency

The deliberate hash of local government to reflect the diverse demographics of the ruling coalition, the PPP in the rural areas and the MQM in the urban areas of Sindh,…

The Punjab Factor

The Punjab factor

The persistent structural flaws in information processing and coordination among intelligence and law-enforcement agencies were once again exposed during the Supreme Court suo motu hearing of the Hazara killings. The…

Our Founders And Guardians

Our founders and guardians

A fellow-columnist has asked why “if we had to go through this (the mess that Pakistan has become today) did we go through the trouble of Partition?” (February 22). Let’s…

India’s Self-goal In The Valley

India’s self-goal in the Valley

On the morning of Feb 9, 2013, Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri convict on death row, lodged in New Delhi’s high security Tihar jail was taken from his cot by the…