A questionable decision

The cat is finally out of the bag   Pakistan’s recently retired COAS joining a foreign military alliance is bound to generate controversy. Eyebrows were raised when rumours regarding the co-option of

Water scarcity

And water wars   True, the Indus Waters Treaty has survived the worst moments of the relationship – including wars – but if it hasn’t been able to advance the dispute any

Trading jabs

PPP and PML-N at it again   The PPP and PML-N have a lot in common. Both have formed governments at the centre multiple times which have some time been prematurely dissolved,

Save Punjab University

Unless Jamaat-e-Islami reins in IJT, its claims as a democratic party would remain suspect   Enjoying the patronage of Zia-ul-Haq Islami-Jamiat-e-Tulaba (IJT) turned Punjab University campus into a battlefield and its hostels

The Census woes

Need for a controversy free exercise   The government’s focus deficit on some of the most essential issues betrays the lack of vision in the PML-N leadership. The way the census exercise

Lighting up the reality

A small but significant incident in Sahiwal speaks volumes   Despite official hype about an alleged economic miracle, duly supported by selective statistics and often fudged figures, even a minor event can

The convergence of interest

Regional countries and major powers have to collaborate to defeat terrorists   The regional countries that border Afghanistan as well as the major powers need to collaborate to bring peace and restore

Trump and the al Saud

Changing times again?   The Saudis have done all the right thing so far to place themselves on the right side of the unpredictable Trump White House. They have billions on the

Third year of NAP

Still no madrassa reforms   The sudden surge in terrorism seems to have died down somewhat, but there’s no telling really when the next episode will begin. No doubt Zarb-e-Azb dealt a

Pulling a Haqqani

Missing the point     Of the many questions that should be answered in the wake of Hussain Haqqani’s latest controversy, an important one must be probing just what possessed him to

Military courts at last

PPP surrenders its ‘principled stand’   The PPP can only claim that it has managed to get four important demands accepted which would partly neutralise some of the controversial aspects of the