Author Archives: Editorial

Senate concerns

An inactive government There was justifiable anger in the Senate over non-implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) the other day, with the matter typically put off because of the (continued) absence

Iqbal and Muslim homeland

Reality check   Iqbal is credited with conceiving a separate homeland for Muslims of India. What distinguishes him from those who made similar depositions earlier like Ch Rehmat Ali is that Iqbal

Pakistan cricket

Proud past, dubious future This is not just a bad patch that the cricket team is passing through. It is a breakdown years – many years – in the making. And it’s

Gen Karimi’s visit

Relations with Afghanistan on the mend None could have imagined twelve months back that the Afghan army chief would be the chief guest at Kakul passing out parade anytime in the foreseeable

Rush for NA-246

Everybody’s own change The kind of rush the NA-246 by-election has cooked up is something of a novelty for Azizabad. The MQM heartland has been used to ‘more of the same’ for

Aseefa’s polio initiative

Makes sense Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, who is the Rotary International ambassador for polio eradication, has formally invited Maryam Nawaz and Reham Khan to “join hand and help accelerate polio eradication programs across

Don’t jump the gun

More deliberations needed   Many expected Nawaz Sharif to play a lead role in resolving the conflict in Yemen. Little was done however besides paying a visit to Turkey where Erdogan was

Progressive outreach

Well played in Moscow Clearly a sensible, and sensitive, relationship is being developed with Moscow. It came to the attention of the press last year, when there was talk of buying the

Terrorism in Balochistan

A multipronged approach required to solve the problem   For the first time after 1973 Balochistan has a government led by a nationalist party. The elected government has introduced a number of

Perception of rigging in GB

Not unfounded   Actions taken by the federal government in Gilgit-Baltistan after the end of Mehdi Shah’s tenure in December have led opposition parties to conclude that the administration was out to

State of economic growth

Notch above Afghanistan, at least There continues to be a clear divergence between our own economic managers’ take on the state of the economy and the analyses of prominent international financial institutions

PTI’s wailing wall

Another bad habit PTI, of course, likes to market the more positive aspects of this phenomenon. Whenever the system does not respond, people take a leaf out of the party’s own book

Lakhvi’s release

Government’s negligence   The Mumbai terrorist attacks were no ordinary matter. The terrorists hit India’s business capital where they launched audacious attacks for four days. Most of the 166 killed were Indians