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No ceasefire: No good news for innocents

No ceasefire: No good news for innocents

An hour into the news: “Taliban refuse to extend ceasefire” as Bollywood duet “Ashiqui Main Har Ashiq Ho Jata hai Majboor” plays into my eardrums through a headphone borrowed from a...
Taliban: FAQs

Taliban: FAQs

Q. Who are Taliban?   The story started with the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. Fearing Russian expansionism, CIA married ISIand gave birth to the Jihadis euphemistically called Taliban....
Ameer Sahib, Please Wait

Ameer Sahib, Please Wait

Let’s call another APC. We should not give a damn to that Islamabad journalist, who criticizes our political leadership for being fond of the All Parties Conferences to keep the things sweeping...
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...
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...
Any Optimism about US-Taliban Dialogues?

Any Optimism about US-Taliban Dialogues?

It’s surprising to know Taliban has set operations for its office in Doha, Qatar akin to Afghan embassy. Seems like, Taliban are official now, allowed to operate without any disguise or fear of...
Can Peace be Negotiated with Pakistani Taliban?

Can Peace be Negotiated with Pakistani Taliban?

The outlawed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) has backed out on its earlier offer to engage in peace negotiations with the government of Pakistan, following a missile attack by a US pilotless plane...
Welcome to ‘Dangerous’ Pakistan

Welcome to ‘Dangerous’ Pakistan

Call the musicians, distribute the sweets for ‘Roshan Pakistan’ and ‘Naya Pakistan’ i.e. the PMLN and PTI have been voted the 1st and 2nd choice of this country. Apart from all the...
What Goes Around Comes Around

What Goes Around Comes Around

MQM (the biggest stakeholder of Karachi), PPP (the biggest stakeholder of Sindh), and ANP (the smallest stakeholder in Karachi) have been facing a string of deadly attacks following explicit threats...
Should We have Negotiations with Taliban?

Should We have Negotiations with Taliban?

Sounds strange! Isn’t it? Political leaders joining hands to negotiate peace and prosperity of the country with TTP. Willing to bend down to whatever extent possible with an organization accused of...
A Confused Pakistani

A Confused Pakistani

This Eid when I got free from prayers, I performed the same ritual which I have done so for so many years since I have left abroad. Take a drive. Since living close to the beach knowing that everyone...
Malala- A Symbol Of Liberty And Courage

Malala- A Symbol Of Liberty And Courage

Attack on the teenage girl student by the fiercest group of the Taliban in Mingora, Swat is the beginning of the clash between the dying medieval rotten social order and the present emerging...
Is Malala a Conspiracy?

Is Malala a Conspiracy?

With the recent buzz made by certain newspapers and social media platforms, the questions that has popped up with a bang is, what is the story behind Gul Makai’s Swat Diary on BBC blogs?   The...
A Girl who Could Speak Her Mind

A Girl who Could Speak Her Mind

Malala is a strong person. Very few will appreciate her strength in speaking out for her rights. I know because as a woman, albeit from the privileged class, i lacked the freedom to speak my mind....
Khan in Waziristan

Khan in Waziristan

An inquisitive fellow at work came to me this Monday morning inquiring about Imran Khan and his march against the drone attacks. He had followed the story on the mornings New York Times edition....
Dr. Malik’s Grim Gratitude

Dr. Malik’s Grim Gratitude

Well, there were days when we used to end a peaceful Ashura by thanking heavens. Not anymore though. Owing to the doctorate backed sagacity of Rehman Malik, we thank Taliban instead. The sheer force...