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100 Day KPK Honeymoon is Over

100 Day KPK Honeymoon is Over

  The 100 day honeymoon of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has at last come to an end. It will be only fair to state that other than the online FIR system introduced, hardly any note-worthy...
One Part Brave, Three Parts Fool?

One Part Brave, Three Parts Fool?

It doesn’t get any better than this! Pakistani political opera can out-sell any of Ekta Kapoor’s half-witted soaps for more kinks and whims that she could ever imagine to cook up. Yesterday’s...
Year’s round up: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Year’s round up: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The cliched fanfaronade of our forefathers’ altruism for emancipating us from the shackles of slavery will once again marks the independence day this year as well.   But are we following the...
Why Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College?

Why Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College?

When Richard Dawkin passes an inflammatory statement, it should come with no surprise. An ethologist, evolutionary biologist and most famously, an atheist known for his derogatory attacks on God in...
Policing Terrorism in Pakistan

Policing Terrorism in Pakistan

SHO Mohib Ullah served in one of the most volatile cities infamous for the presence of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. But Mohib Ullah was little known outside his station of duty....
Ode to the Whistleblower

Ode to the Whistleblower

“Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and...
New Record of Intolerance and Immaturity

New Record of Intolerance and Immaturity

On 31st July 2013, Supreme Court of Pakistan issued a contempt of court notice to Imran Khan of PTI against his speech on 26th July 2013, which contained ‘critical and derogatory’ remarks against...
Death Penalty:Barbarianism or Necessity?

Death Penalty:Barbarianism or Necessity?

While I was working for the Public Defender’s Office, in Lubbock, Texas, I worked on many death penalty cases. Capital Punishment, is something taken very seriously in the great state of Texas,...
Good Politics is always Gray

Good Politics is always Gray

The one positive attitude we can see in Pakistani politics is that there is no black or white in the politics. The recent PMLN and MQM meeting proved that there should always be a gray in the...
The Tale of Rebellious Institutions

The Tale of Rebellious Institutions

After witnessing the revolutionary tide that swept away Hosni Mubarak from his office in 2011, Egyptians were not the only ones rejoicing in exultation at the ousting of the military dictator;...
The Puzzle of Presidential Election

The Puzzle of Presidential Election

The prophecy of “Aik baari phir Zardari” now seems to be becoming false as we are heading towards the presidential elections to be held on July 30th, and Zardari not being a candidate. His...
Blame Game Never Brings Change

Blame Game Never Brings Change

Let us not seek the PPP’s answer or the PML (N)’s stand , but let us all wait for the right one. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the...
International Powers vs Altaf Hussain

International Powers vs Altaf Hussain

Rumours and assumptions have taken the place of investigative journalism in Pakistan. Newspapers are running conspiracy theories rather than news verified by airtight sources and media houses are not...
Of Hate-mongering and Polarization…

Of Hate-mongering and Polarization…

Last week Pakistan’s political landscape presented the picture of a hyperventilating toddler. The leaked Abbotabad Commission report sent tremors to the highest realms of power whilst SC’s Media...
Feudalism Versus Progression

Feudalism Versus Progression

Pakistan is the natural resources rich country, but this being under the rule of 3% feudal lords and capitalists since here independence is still an underdeveloped country. These feudal lords and...
What if there was No MQM?

What if there was No MQM?

I sometimes wonder what would happen to Pakistan’s politics if there was no MQM. Who would they blame for all their misery and plight? Who would be the common enemy? Who would be branded as...
A Perspective Hard to Digest

A Perspective Hard to Digest

Malala is a Pashtun name which means ‘grief stricken’. In the battle of Maiwand in 1880, Malala of Maiwand, a young Pashtun lady, fought alongside the forces of Commander Ayub which won the...
The Facts, the Fictions, and the BBC

The Facts, the Fictions, and the BBC

All Parties Conference (APC) to counter the terrorism situation in Pakistan was postponed due to Imran Khan’s visit to UK.  The terrorism situation has destroyed the economy and taken thousands...
Another Look at our Kashmir Policy

Another Look at our Kashmir Policy

In the aftermath of the ravages caused by the Taliban and Kashmiri Jihadi groups within the country and across the border in India, over the last 20-25 years, there is a growing consensus in Pakistan...
It’s Pakistan, Not a Jungle

It’s Pakistan, Not a Jungle

A line I have heard several times from people in Canada over the past one month. I was a bit taken aback the first time I heard it. My first instinct was to rudely respond, “Of course I know...
The Tale of Doha Talks

The Tale of Doha Talks

Interestingly, the USA has been expressing its willingness to talk with Afghan Taliban leadership for a long time, in order to reach to a settlement about the new set-up in Afghanistan after US-led...
Peace in Karachi: whose Responsibility?

Peace in Karachi: whose Responsibility?

The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) during its rule from 2008 to 2013 repeatedly claimed credit for reinstating the judges, sacked by the then president, General (retd) Pervez Musharraf after...