Zahid Hussain

Hard times ahead

The fight against the pandemic has exposed the various fault lines. Published Mar 25, 2020 05:37am

Crisis of leadership

Dealing with coronavirus must be the state's main priority and resources must be diverted to deal with the pandemic. Published Mar 18, 2020 07:05am

Civil servants in the dock

It’s business as usual and bureaucrats are required to serve the new political masters. Published Mar 11, 2020 07:09am

Hostage to bigots

Growing religious extremism presents the biggest threat to freedom of expression. Updated Mar 04, 2020 08:36am

Coming full circle

Future political stability will depend on the cessation of violence and how the intra-Afghan dialogue is organised. Updated Feb 26, 2020 07:34am

A long way to Afghan peace

A divided dispensation in Kabul makes it extremely difficult to reach a political settlement. Published Feb 19, 2020 07:11am

Warning signs

It is a deadly mix of incompetence and superciliousness that defines the crisis of the PTI government. Published Feb 12, 2020 07:08am

Questioning patriotism

Protests are a sign of life that the ruling classes are afraid of. Published Feb 05, 2020 07:31am

Both friends and enemies

When Pakistan became America’s key strategic partner in the 'war on terror', it also went to war against itself. Published Jan 29, 2020 07:04am

Perils of populism

We seem to be witnessing a dangerous confluence of populism and occultism. Published Jan 22, 2020 07:16am

Banning books

Freedom of expression is the principal target of authoritarianism. Updated Jan 15, 2020 07:33am

Trump’s new war cry

Condemning aggression does not mean taking sides. In fact, docility raises questions about our independence. Published Jan 08, 2020 07:39am

A decade to nowhere

Rising authoritarianism is undermining democratic political culture and basic rights in Pakistan. Published Jan 01, 2020 07:44am

Diplomatic debacle

A major problem with the PTI government is its non-serious approach to critical foreign policy issues. Published Dec 25, 2019 07:21am

War, lies and failure

A damning new report shows the extent to which America tried to cover up its failures in Afghanistan. Published Dec 11, 2019 06:55am

Student awakening

The solidarity march staged by students has given a huge impetus to progressive democratic voices. Published Dec 04, 2019 07:11am

Unravelling power structure?

The ruling, though an interim one, has dealt a serious blow to a government already under siege. Updated Dec 03, 2019 12:17pm

Act two, scene one

Publicly abusing opposition leaders and threatening to put everyone in jail will not end corruption. Updated Nov 20, 2019 07:24am

Beyond Kartarpur

Even in times of extreme tension, certain steps can help melt the ice. Published Nov 13, 2019 07:19am