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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What’s wrong with the Sindh governments?

What’s wrong with the Sindh governments? The induction of the new Sindh government is now complete, hopefully. By any standard a large cabinet was sworn in to aid the new and young Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah who has replaced the octogenarian man for all seasons Qaim Ali Shah. Stanford educated Murad Ali Shah is […]

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Terrorism and Turkey

  Islamist terrorists are fighting the windmill Relentless attacks by the Islamic terrorists have rocked the world. In 2016 alone there have been 1272 terrorist attacks killing over 11,772 people across the world. In the ongoing month of July, 39 Islamic terrorist attacks were reported in 13 countries taking a toll of 615 lives and […]

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Katyal a peace harbinger is no more

Kumar Krishan Katyal who passed away last week at a Delhi hospital after a brief ailment was a gentleman journalist. He had the knack of asking tough questions without raising his voice and being rude to an interviewee unlike most of the television journalists these days. Perhaps it was because he believed that a journalist […]

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Jaffrelot 2016

  The paradox of a doubly unachieved state Babar Ayaz talks to Christophe Jaffrelot author of The Paradox of Pakistan — Instability and Resilience Scores of books have been written on Pakistan underlining the instable nature of this state. Political analysts predicted in the early 1950s that the country would break as East and West […]

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Panama Leaks

What’s new in the Panamaleak? Didn’t we already know since the 90s that the Prime Minister had properties in London? Didn’t we know that the Prime Minister’s sons were doing property business in London for a long time now? Didn’t we know that the Prime Minister and his sons had set up a steel mill […]

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Challanges to Women’s Rights

Curbing women’s rights in the name of traditions Good omen for the women of Pakistan is that Sindh and Punjab assemblies passed laws for the protection of women from domestic violence. Bad omen in this regard is that although Sindh assembly passed the law in 2013, it has not been implemented. The commission which had […]

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