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Raoof Hasan

Pakistan’s growing burden

What of the peace process now? “There are three kinds of intelligence: one kind understands things for itself, the other appreciates what others can understand, the third understands neither for itself nor

Bizarre tidings

“The moon rode in the sky – a hunted thing dodging behind wisps of tattered cloud, and the air was heavy and wet and redolent of dying leaves.” Jane Dixon Rice ‘The


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Time for a rethink

-and time waits for none! One of our delegates attending the Pakistan-Afghanistan Bilateral Dialogue in Herat earlier this month said by way of argument that it would be better for Afghanistan and


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The raging conflict

The clean-up operation threatened by multi-directional assaults   “Don’t bend, don’t water it down, don’t try to make it logical, don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your

The investment bonanza

With China taking charge, a strategic realignment in the offing   A staggering US$46 billion are to be injected into Pakistan’s economic mainstream. This is part of the Chinese President Xi Jinping’s

Catastrophic manoeuvres

Ill-conceived policy rooted in personal allegiance likely to spell disaster   By all available accounts, Pakistan has gone a fair distance in committing support to Saudi Arabia in its ill-conceived adventure against

The hanging fields

The state trying to live by creating fear syndrome  “An execution is not simply death. It is just as different from the privation of life as a concentration camp is from prison.

The fascist face of politics

Peace contingent on fighting ethnic, sectarian and religious terror   The March 11 Rangers raid on the MQM headquarters in Karachi and the recovery of wanted criminals and a huge cache of

The Pakistan-India imbroglio

Strengthening and expanding the commonality of stakes is the way forward The visit of the Indian foreign secretary, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, to Pakistan after an excruciatingly long wait, though variously described, has been


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The cricket blues

Gangman to patron-in-chief, the game has been the loser all the way   “Now started the most terrible and destructive fire which Rome had ever experienced. It began in the Circus where

Platitudes plentiful

Grandiose proclamations morphing into ominous premonitions “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.” –Bertrand Russel

Mountains of hypocrisy

Cultivating a culture of cupidity, corruption and crime     “It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When

When chickens come home to roost

The gospel of radicalisation is contained in the very preamble to the constitution    “Curses are like young chickens. They always come home to roost.” Robert Southey The Objectives Resolution was passed

The pigs and the people

Family, criminal mafias, sycophants, donkeys – just about everyone comes before the state   “Comrades”, he cried. “You do not imagine, I hope, that we pigs are doing this in a spirit

No honour to guard

Those complicit in spreading terror masquerading to lead the charge against it    “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves, that we are underlings.” Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

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