Military Courts (Daily Times)

Need for military Courts is by default of the government Crucial question that is missing in the whole debate regarding giving the military Courts is: what’s wrong with the Pakistan’s judicial system that it needs extraordinary measures to decide the cases about terrorism? The main focus of the debate among the political parties and the […]

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Let’s mark 16th December is a soul-searching day in Pakistan

In reality Bangladesh achieved its independence on 16th December, when arms were laid by Pakistan Army before the Indian Army. Pakistan did not want to surrender to the Bangladeshi freedom fighters. But obviously Bangladesh celebrates her Independence Day on 26th March when Awami League declared independence in 1971 after the negotiations failed and in army […]

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Beyond the NFC Award there is the forgotten PFCs

There is no dearth of patriotic discussions and sermons on the strengthening of the centrifugal forces and the need to build national cohesion in our country. But there’s very little discussion on how the centre deprives the provinces and how the provinces are reluctant to share the revenues with the local governments. To establish a […]

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Challenges to the future of Pakistan

                   Islam was exploited during the British Raj to drive a wedge between the masses of India on communal basis to serve the interest of the Muslim elite and middle class. That is why the religious leadership continues to insist that ‘Ideology of Pakistan’ was to implement Islamic laws and Shari’a. At the same time […]

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Need for deterent punishments for IPR violations

If master ghazal singer Mehdi Hassan’s records and cassettes were not pirated, he wouldn’t have needed anybody’s help today when he is on the sickbed. He would have been a millionaire in dollar terms through his earnings from the royalty. He is not an isolated case. Many singers, musicians, writers, film and TV play producers […]

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In the two states tug of war the Kashmiris bleed

In the two states tug of war the Kashmiris bleed States are heartless creatures. The ruling establishments claim that their policies are to serve the people but more often in practice these are hollow claims. People’s benefit is only the byproduct of some of the policies of the states ruling classes. Many a time’s right […]

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Win hearts and minds of the MQM voters

A friend quipped recently “what the establishment of Pakistan couldn’t do to MQM, perhaps a bottle of Johnnie Walker did it.” That was the lighter side of this show. Whether the MQM godfather was drunk on his brand of alcohol or not cannot be said with certainty as this statement is hearsay. But one thing […]

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