Author Archives: Editorial

Indian optimism and Imran Khan

Discussions on all issues, including Kashmir  Perhaps Indian PM Modi invoking former PM, now sadly deceased, “Atal ji’s” (Vajpayee) Jammu and Kashmir policy of Insaniyat, Jamhooriyat, Kashmiriyat is, really, part of a

On spicing up probes

Expanding the accountability net “Maybe the members of ISI and MI were included in the Panama Papers leaks case to spice up the probe,” Chief Justice Saqib Nisar remarked, rather curiously, during

Happy Independence Day

And a Naya Pakistan? With MNAs sworn in and the new electoral cycle all but effectively underway, Independence Day festivities have assumed an added dimension. By first ruling out any form of

Red flags in Ghazni

Loss of province would be fatal for government forces’ morale The large-scale, multi-directional, Taliban attack on Ghazni early on Friday morning which achieved complete surprise should effectively clear the remaining ‘blitzkrieg’ cobwebs

New electoral cycle

Respect deserving of the House By summoning today’s national assembly session President Mamnoon also green-lighted the beginning of the new electoral cycle. As the new House takes its first baby steps, elected

And more attacks

No end in sight? A new pattern seems to have emerged in terrorist attacks since the election. They enemy may have had its command and control structure decimated, etc, but it clearly

Pak-US relations

Irreparable damage? So after triggering a financial spat with the EU, a trade war with China, sanctioning Russia, killing the Iran deal and muscling a currency collapse in Turkey, Donald Trump has

Poor ranking on the GII

Not surprising given the circumstances Pakistan ranked 109 (113 in 2017) out of 126 countries in the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2018 owing largely to relentless political uncertainty that has persisted for

Welcoming the new government

And keeping close watch PTI’s latest press release, indicating that the oath taking would take place now on Aug18 and it would feature prominent friends from across the border, typifies the party’s

Reaching out to Moscow

Russian deputy defence minister’s landmark visit The nadir of Pak-Russia relations was hit during the Cold War when on May 1, 1960, a CIA U-2 spy plane taking off from a secret

Relationship with US

Trust based? No doubt the most important foreign policy challenge for the new government would be resetting the relationship with the United States. And since Imran Khan has been perhaps the most

Imran’s deputies

In the provinces A good fortnight since the election and Imran Khan is still keeping his cards glued to his chest; at least with regard to the most important positions in Naya

More problems for PTI

Clarity lacking For one reason or the other General Election 2018 just refuses to come full circle. Now, two weeks after July 25, a possible crisis is building as ECP (Election Commission

Handling rape cases

What to do? Even as the hated and condemned rapist of the poor girl from Kasur was getting additional punishment over his involvement in similar abduction, rape and murder cases of minor

The dam argument

Especially Kalabagh Whatever ‘foreign involvement’ caretaker minister for water resources, Ali Zafar, might suspect in the opposition to Kalabagh Dam, he seems to forget that internal conflict more than anything else has

Panama Leaks: The Sindhi version

What a tangled web we weave…to deceive Even to otherwise sensible and aware people, the accusations constantly cropping up about massive organised corruption committed by politicians, bureaucrats, Public Service Enterprises’ heads and