Abbas Nasir

Some optimism for change

When governance is in a shambles, one would have expected the opposition to hold the government to account. Published Nov 01, 2014 07:34am

State failure or failed state?

Perish the thought that anybody will ever be held responsible for the disaster that has made the country ungovernable. Updated Oct 25, 2014 09:42am

Inspiration from afar

How can one be hopeful when for many young male Malala-haters it appears but a short hop to embracing IS-type ideology? Updated Oct 18, 2014 07:27am

So sorry, Mehrin Kauser

Every Mehrin Kauser, like every Malala Yousafzai, is a living testament to the failure of terrorism to break the... Published Oct 11, 2014 01:01am

Of our need for superheroes

We feel no need to reflect on what our individual contribution is towards the mess we are in today. Published Oct 04, 2014 01:41am

Daunting agenda awaits ISI chief

The most interesting choice and the one which will generate most speculation is that of Lt-Gen Rizwan Akhtar. Updated Sep 27, 2014 05:33pm

What can wait, what can’t

Whether it is Balochistan or Karachi or any other part of Pakistan, religious extremism and intolerance are now posing Published Sep 13, 2014 05:49am

Win some, lose some

In reverting to try its hand at nation-building, the army, or some elements in it, are giving the impression that... Published Sep 06, 2014 03:36am

A day of shame

The government’s inertia has pushed matters to where they stand today. Published Aug 30, 2014 01:00am

Death by a thousand cuts

If political parties were talking to each other as they would in any democracy we would have had a lot of answers by now Updated Aug 23, 2014 03:12am

No ifs and Butts please

Who else would be more at ease with seeing the ‘third force’ coming to their rescue than the Chaudhrys from Gujrat? Published Aug 16, 2014 06:33am

Now for the art of the possible

Imran was and is a fighter to the core. But he’s not one to admit he could also be wrong. Published Aug 09, 2014 02:20am

Who’ll save the day?

It is pointless for now to examine what ails the Muslim world, but it is worthwhile keeping Pakistan in our sights. Updated Aug 02, 2014 01:50am

In the holiday spirit

Where the Saudi royals are concerned, the best and finest destinations in the sand and sun category are for them. Updated Jul 26, 2014 03:52pm

Needless point-scoring

From Imran Khan to those representing the PML-N, PPP and MQM, each one has excelled in the point-scoring exercise. Published Jul 19, 2014 01:02am

A tale of many universes

The picture is so confused that we don’t know whether it is steeped in hilarity or simply a tragedy. Published Jul 12, 2014 01:04am

Only prayer of winning the war

There are elements in the defence forces that need serious reorientation training if there are to be lasting gains. Published Jul 05, 2014 12:51am

Global isolation is not an option

If security is not tightened around all airports, the next incident could trigger a sterner response from foreign... Published Jun 28, 2014 01:24am

No point being pessimistic

Mobilising political workers can ensure that prayer leaders are more amenable to talking of peace and amity. Published Jun 21, 2014 12:33am

Waiting for God

If it were not for wishful thinking, what else would make so many of us get up in the morning? Published Jun 14, 2014 01:35am