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Failure: the blame game

THE politicians in power these days are heard saying: “It is not the democratic system but governance that has...

Patwari, thana and Titanic

IT is customary for our leaders to hold the patwari and thana culture responsible for the indignities suffered by ...

Advice for the PM

MR Nawaz Sharif has earned admiration for the equanimity with which he bore his torment of arbitrary dismissal,...

Rich and poor of politics

WHILE talking of the present and past contenders for political power in Pakistan, what comes to mind is what the...

The ECP and rigged elections

THE campaigning in the run-up to Saturday and the voting on election day were generally orderly but allegations of...

Uncertainty of local elections

BARRING some unforeseen and unusual development, the elections to the national and provincial assemblies will be ...

Friendship with India

JUST six months after independence, in a pictorial write-up on Pakistan, America’s Life magazine noted that the newly born nation of 70 million desperately needed India’s capital and industrial know-how to

Death of a tribal expert

THE British administered Pakistan’s tribal areas with a combination of such skill and guile for more than 100 years that doubts were widely expressed whether the government of Pakistan would be able to win the trust of

G.D. Memon: a life of hard work

MR G.D. Memon, who died in Karachi the other day, belonged to that, now all but extinct, tribe of finance officials who relished saying ‘no’ to every expen-diture out of the public treasury

An upright civil servant dies

IN the death of Abdul Karim Lodhi on Tuesday in Karachi, the country has lost a committed and courageous civil...

Jobs, plots and rivalry

ALL essays on the causes of violence in Karachi, and the measures taken to contain it, end on a disappointingly...

From one to sixteen

WHILE many amongst us still feel nostalgic about (West) Pakistan’s being one unit, PML-N leader Makhdoom Javed...

Dinosaurs of politics

THE dinosaurs’ last hurrah was 65 million years ago after they ruled the earth for 200 million years. Their...

Governance for all

PARTING company after sharing power — and the enormous benefits that flowed from it — for three years, the leaders ...

Unchanging agony

‘PAKISTAN struggles for survival’ was the headline of the lead story of America’s well-known magazine Life in its...

Relations with India

AT a time when India is gathering laurels for its fast-growing economy and vibrant democracy and Pakistan is getting...

The debate on provinces

ASSERTIONS to the contrary notwithstanding, governance in Pakistan remains attuned to political symbolism and...

Polls can save the system

ONLY a day after the president of Pakistan signed the 19th Amendment which along with the 18th Amendment makes the...

Political antics & governance

PAKISTAN`S parliamentarians and ideologists are both out to garner public laurels: the former for amending the...

Rising graph of discontent

PAKISTAN`S large and liberal but politically passive, or unassertive, majority has always been hostage to a ...


Relief for terror victims

Learning curve

Nuclear normalcy

Train to Pakistan: 2014


ISI and media infighting

MQM in government again

Men planning families

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