State of the economy

Budget time The countdown to this budget finds Dar sb busier than usual. Nawaz Sharif’s open heart surgery in London means he must also don the mantle of the prime minister. And,

Time for a reset

Broken domestic and foreign policy   Few people outside the PML-N will deny that both internal and external policies are so broken down that they should have been reset a long time

Arif Nizami

Islamabad’s Isolation

No end in sight The present state of affairs is indeed dismal. In the region, Islamabad has frayed relations with its neighbours excepting China. There is a complete breakdown of talks since

Raoof Hasan

Pakistan’s growing burden

What of the peace process now? “There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor

Ali Afzal Sahi

Trump for Minorities?

Will things be as ugly as we fear?     To begin with, the odds for victory are stacked substantially against the golden-haired Evangelist-magnet. While few could have predicted Trump’s rise to

What about us?

The people of nagasaki ask   While invoking Hiroshima has become universal shorthand for the horrors of nuclear war, Nagasaki, on the southwestern island of Kyushu, has mostly lived in the other

Durdana Najam

Indian Held Kashmir

The story of ‘unacknowledged’ human tragedy   “Killings have become kosher in Kashmir. A bullet pumped into the body of a Kashmiri youth becomes a legal act when viewed through the lens

Aroma Shahid

Of our War and our Enemies

Deconstructing an ideology of extremism   Pakistan is perceived as the world’s most dangerous country; a nation with a severe socioeconomic crisis, a country with the fastest growing nuclear arsenal in the

ToR Deadlock

Panama forever   The opposition’s own internal disharmony is clearly going to be a consistent part of this ToR deadlock. Not an inch of progress was made on Friday, as Shah Mahmood