Author Archives: Editorial

An interim relief

No reason to be over the moon The suspension of the NAB court’s sentence in Avenfield reference and the release of the three accused is the first good news for the Sharif

PTI in conciliation mode

The government-opposition relations It was all smiles and sunshine during the National Assembly sitting on Tuesday before the presentation of the amended finance bill. Shah Mahmud Qureshi supported the opposition’s demand for

A bad start

Government and opposition must find middle ground The new National Assembly began its five year  tenure  on  an  inauspicious note. Despite  the proceedings of the joint parliamentary session beginning  with  a prayer

Afghan Transit Trade

Benefits everybody? Leave it to the foreign press, as usual, to enlighten Pakistanis about potentially groundbreaking developments. Apparently the American ambassador to Afghanistan has told an Indian newspaper that Islamabad approached Washington

Building dams

Sensitive matter One must, regrettably, tread very carefully on the matter of making dams and saving our future lest one is misinterpreted and, quite wrongly, branded an enemy of the state itself.

Bureaucracy in a nutcracker

Damned if it does, damned if I doesn’t Politicians coming to power have frequently used bureaucrats to bend and break the laws to fulfill their wishes. This has led to grave social consequences. Honest government officers

Pak-Turk relations

Similar problems bring both countries closer Turkey’s foreign minister was in town for an unconventionally long five-day visit meeting with the top officials in the PTI government, the military and even called

Eve daughters’ tragic fate

Pakistan’s laws on women scream for reform That plain speaking and persistent champion of social causes regarded as provocative by ‘polite society’ and usually conveniently swept under the carpet, Farhatullah Babar, has

Imran Khan and ISI

Premier intel agency Prime Minister Imran Khan seems to gel very nicely with the brass. His eight hour reception at the GHQ some days ago – after which he dispelled all doubts

Demise of a brave woman

In Pakistan, is courage confined to women alone? Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, who lost the battle against cancer on Wednesday, was a brave and dignified woman. At a time when few in the

NAB’s media trials

CJ takes notice Finally it took Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar to take note of NAB’s (National Accountability Bureau) habit of dragging names of people it is investigating into the public domain.

Pakistan after Jinnah

Musings on the founding father’s 70th death anniversary The ruling elite, both civilian and military, have turned Pakistan into a country where Jinnah would not have liked to live. An outstanding parliamentarian that