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Too Big A Mess

Too big a mess

Following Dr Tahirul Qadri's speeches and TV interviews, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is under fire. But critics of the ECP overlook the fact that the mandate of the…

In A Blind Alley

In a blind alley

The state of Pakistan has been pushed into a blind alley and it is at the same time under attack from hardliners of more than one brand. Nobody knows what…

Revolution: Islamabad Style

Revolution: Islamabad style

Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital for half a century, was conceived as a peaceful retreat, away from the heat and dust of this country and the humdrum of its people. For a…

The Curse Of Silence

The curse of silence

We are watching a genocide take place before our eyes; Shias are being killed mercilessly. The Hazara community in Quetta has been decimated. The Hazara Shias – numbering some 700,000…

Obituary Essay: A Pragmatic Politician

Obituary essay: A pragmatic politician

The words "former Amir of Jamaat" or a person having filled the leadership of Jamaat-e-Islami previously as an introduction of Qazi Hussain Ahmad, who was buried yesterday in his native…

View Point: Battling For Democracy

View Point: Battling for democracy

The saying 'the more things change, the more they stay the same' rings so true on our situation. Just as we were beginning to believe that Pakistan has changed, and…

The Fulminations Of Tahirul Qadri

The fulminations of Tahirul Qadri

The politicians of Pakistan are incapable of saying anything without indulging in coloured phrases of rhetorical exaggeration. The pathetic grandiloquence of their speeches is invariably laced with barbs against their…

A Problem Of Perception

A problem of perception

It was the worst massacre in Quetta in over a decade and even in such a city, stalked by death and haunted by terror, it marks a new standard. This…

Fury Of A Patient People

Fury of a patient people

Nothing in recent times, perhaps with the exception of Israel, has exposed the ineptitude and sheer spinelessness of the United Nations and the blessed international community as Syria has. All…