Author Archives: Editorial

ISIS in AfPak

And the elephant in the room   ISIS has raised its ugly head in neighbouring Afghanistan where the black flags of the terrorist network have reportedly replaced the white ones of the

Those above the law

Make an example, finally Needless to say, it is important to ensure swift and speedy justice in the matter of Mustafa Kanju, son of former minister Siddiq Kanju, murdering an innocent 16

The historic deal

And its long term effects   The Iran nuclear deal is the most memorable foreign policy achievement of the Obama administration. President Obama ignored a strong lobby in the Congress comprising the

The Kenyan massacre

Al Shabab this time! There can be no denying that religious terrorism is a well-entrenched world-wide phenomenon. No better example than the latest Kenyan tragedy. In an attack that was eerily similar

APC on Yemen

At stake is country’s standing as a democratic nation   Both Saudi and Western media have consistently maintained that the Pakistan government has already pledged support to the Saudi military intervention in

Doctors’ protests

Who loses? It is pretty clear that so long as the Punjab government does not honour its promises to the Young Doctors Association, so long the latter will protest; which means periodic

Where are electoral reforms?

A victim of the committee system   Soon after its formation, nine months back, the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms went into coma. This indicated that the government had little realisation that

The Yemen question

Too much at stake A lot depends on the high-level Pakistani delegation currently visiting Saudi Arabia, but going by press reports ahead of the visit, it seems the government is just as

Three options for Pakistan

Following the best course   Around 500 stranded Pakistanis have been evacuated from Yemen. With the initiation of the air strikes, the expatriates are facing hardships in reaching airports. There is a

Now the commerce ministry

More missed budget targets   It is interesting that after tax collection, GDP growth, deficit, manufacturing, etc, the commerce ministry, too, is making sure it is not left behind in the matter

The Arab misadventure

And the price Pakistan is being asked to pay   The Riyadh-led coalition forces’ attack on Yemen is replete with serious consequences not only for the poverty stricken country but also the

Politics of opportunity

And the lot of the people For unexplained reasons, an air of mystery continues to surround the sudden announcement of the judicial council that will finally probe vote rigging. PTI, of course,

Ill-conceived projects

Unrealistic vision When economic decisions are taken only to gain political mileage these can cause losses and embarrassments and sometime create misunderstandings with friendly countries. The PML-N criticised the previous government for

The Saudi bandwagon

Another petro jihad? Wisely, the government has decided to stay away from Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, at least for the time being. But the sober proposition – that Pakistan is better