Senate defeat – is NS down and out?

When rumors are proven right, they are hard news.  Throughout 2017 particularly after the Dawn leaks there were rumors that the establishment would not let the PML-N have a majority in the Senate.  In the March 3, 2018 Senate elections we saw that the establishment’s political engineering was successful and PML-N was unable to establish […]

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FATF grey list implications

By Babar Ayaz As if domestic political crisis was not enough, Pakistan has been hit by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).  The lame duck government which is tottering to complete its last few months is telling us that they have got a respite of three months before they are put on the black list […]

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Restless soul of Asma will never be at rest

   R.I.P. is the cryptic note one reads on thousands of social media reactions on The Asma Jahangir demise. I wonder whether the restless soul – if there is one – of Asma will ever be at rest as long as there are people whose human rights and religious rights are threatened by the state […]

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Paigham e Pakistan – The Islamic counter narrative

Better late than never. The government has finally managed to get a unanimous FATWA from over 1800 Islamic religious leaders which was named “Paigham-e-Pakistan”. Though late by 3 years it was the big achievement of the government and the military establishment to bring religious scholars and Muftis of all sects of Islam in Pakistan to […]

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Bangladesh was made in 24 years (Daily Times)

24 years of exploitation made Bangladesh Beleaguered Nawaz Sharif  may not be Sadiq and Amin and is facing NAB cases but when he said that we should do some soul-searching the reasons of the breaking of the country and creation of Bangladesh- He was absolutely right. However, some hyper-nationalist pounced on him in the media. […]

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Pakistan US Relations (Dawn)

President Trump’s undiplomatic and harsh tweet regarding Pakistan has provoked fury in the country particularly in the hyper-nationalist politicians and media. The trouble with conducting sophisticated, diplomatic politics through 280 characters is that such tweets gives very terse messages. A short tweet statement cannot give a right perspective to the complex issues but in spite […]

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Karachi Population

What is the real population of Karachi? Sadly there is little respect for statistics in the country thou we are living in the 21st century. This fact is apparent when it comes to holding the National population census, which is so important for all the planning in any country. Coaxed by the Supreme Court the […]

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