White Lies

So the Horse and Cattle show is back. It must have been almost a decade since Sultan Golden jumped those cars, and Saleem broke through the chains hanging from a crane. Fortress

Our soft side

Or the need for one   It is with good reason that Pakistan has become known as a ‘hard country’. It is not just that the fifty-thousand-plus dead and the existential war

Changing the narrative

No easy fix   The advent of spring is generally the time to talk about Pakistan’s soft image, or the lack of it. This year, however, the debate has assumed a new

There is hope

The lighter side of Pakistan that does not make the headlines   “Great were the lamentation and the cry when the news of this mischance was noised about the city. Such a

The cricket blues

Gangman to patron-in-chief, the game has been the loser all the way   “Now started the most terrible and destructive fire which Rome had ever experienced. It began in the Circus where


Corruption is Economic Terrorism, the highest form of treason Last week I said that Pakistan is a natural state, the new brand name of the millennia-old Indus Valley Civilisation. But we left

Crimes against women

There seems to be no check on them The treatment meted out to women in South Asia is horrendous, particularly so in Pakistan. In areas still under the influence of tribal traditions,

Sectarianism and its fallout

The state is unable to bottle this genie   The menace of sectarianism, though old, has of late intensified in Pakistan. The Shi’a-Sunni conflict in the Indo-Pak subcontinent, particularly Lukhnow, is almost