Author Archives: Qudssia Akhlaque


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Rocky affairs

Spinning yo-yos on a roller coaster… If you are looking for a yo-yo relationship, check out the Pakistan-US ties. The two states and their key interlocutors have shown great aplomb in dealing


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Worse than ever?

It’s delays and parleys for now Now you see it, now you don’t: now a breakthrough, now a deadlock! This is for now the state of Pakistan-US relations. Latest troubles unfolded as


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Siachen tragedy

Where is our Supreme Commander of armed forces? This column is in honour of the many nameless and valiant Pakistani soldiers who have served their country in the world’s harshest and coldest


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Bizarre ‘bounty’ business

Highhandedness, US-style So the US administration is at it again, doing what it often resorts to – bullying and blatantly ignoring international law. No less making its behaviour more unpopular. Washington has


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Remembering Dr Salam

The man we did not (and do not) honour So many Pakistanis are delighted that our criminal neglect of Dr Abdus Salam, Pakistan’s only Nobel laureate, is not continuing. Pakistan’s premier academic


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Parliament in focus

Glaring omission in presidential address For the past week, the parliament has been the focus of attention with two joint sittings of both the houses for historic as well as symbolic reasons.


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On drones

Will we get it right? It is time that the government, including all national security state institutions, put an end to the double talk and rhetoric on the US drone attacks in


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Women in diplomacy

Conquering new heights As the writing of this column coincides with the International Women’s Day it is dedicated it to all the Pakistani women diplomats who have done the country proud. To


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Engaging Russia

A move in the right direction Pakistani diplomats at the Envoys Conference in Islamabad a couple of months back had advocated more proactive engagement with Russia. Some promising signs of renewed engagement,

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