Author Archives: K K Shahid


Investing faux pas

Of course there are few better guilty pleasures than finding reassurances in other’s failures As December begins and the year 2018 draws to a close, many of us might be looking forward


Counter-bhai in Mumbai

Many sides of the ‘encounter specialist’ It is only recently that the other side of the police encounters has become a part of the mainstream narrative on human rights in South Asia.


Not Trump’s throne

But his world! On Nov 2, US President Donald Trump tweeted an image of himself captioned ‘Sanctions Army Coming November 5’ in an obvious, and outlandish, use of Game of Thrones imagery


What China wants

And how it’ll get it Prime Minister Imran Khan left a burning country back home to visit China last week just so he could get a bailout package along the lines of


Sidelining the sultan?

President Arif Alvi met his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday amidst a crisis in the Middle East that involves the country that Erdogan rules and the country that Pakistan just


Rising Afghanistan

A story of Afghan scholars Over four million people cast their votes in the parliamentary election in Afghanistan over the weekend, despite the violence that ensued. That is, around half of the


Ukraine’s red alert

Russia’s old attitude The long ongoing proxy warfare in Ukraine formally entered the religious realm this week when the Russian Orthodox Church severed relations with Patriarchate of Constantinople – the historical seat


Cul-de-currency

Just whose money runs the world? The Pakistani rupee retraced an historic low this week, touching 138 against the US dollar. Given the International Monetary Fund’s conditions, the currency is expected to


10 years on…

The ‘mother of all recessions’? By the end of September 2008, Lehman Brothers had collapsed and the then US President George W Bush was speaking of an “issue in the Wall Street”.


From Kargil to cricket

Musharraf’s legacy? Just when one thought events inside Dubai International Stadium couldn’t get any worse with India pounding the national cricket side, one saw Pervez Musharraf in the VIP box enjoying the


Diplomatic dilemmas

Khan might go with what Pakistani leaders have normally gone with Almost a month into the new government taking oath there already are quite a few talking points. While many of these

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