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Rabia Ahmed

Khan vs The match-fixers

Dear Mr Khan, some of us are rooting for you, mainly because the other options are worse. People say you appear to care about this country, even though you’re rather muddled. Well


Agha Akbar

Humpty Dumpty Economy

The annual budget has come and gone, to wherever budgets lacking vision, ground realities and with no chance of implementation end up. Usually in the waste-paper baskets of senior bureaucrats, or as


Imran Husain

Show of farce

I had seriously begun to believe until last Friday that I’d stopped being shocked or surprised by stuff that can and does happen in Pakistan. Under the circumstances it would appear ridiculous


Nazir Naji

Are we being cornered?

The disclosure by Iranian President Ahmedinejad that America was out to sabotage Pakistan’s nuclear assets cannot be ignored. He claimed, “We have precise information that America wants to sabotage the Pakistani nuclear


Harris Bin Munawar

Economy is a coward…

Religious leaders have slammed the parliament for discussing the 2011-12 budget to divert the attention from their protest against America’s war on terror. “They always steal attention. We will not accept this


Kuldip Nayar

Why the volte-face?

Civil society and government are seldom on the same page. The reason is not because their interests clash, but because their adversarial role does not allow them to concur. India is in


Hassaan Ghazali

Thus spake depravity

Columnist? Feminist? Humanist? Human? Look away lest you get all agitated over what one is compelled to narrate for there are times when the truth is said in jest, and at other


Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi

Moving on

Pakistan and the United States are encountering serious difficulties in their relations at a time when the leaders of both countries do not have easy alternatives to working together for stabilising Afghanistan,


Shirin Sadeghi

Marriage not made in heaven

As his enemies on both sides of the aisle of American politics continue to revel in New York Congressman Anthony Weiner’s admitted misbehavior, the real world is left to wonder about his


Dr James J Zogby

Letter from the Arab World

I am writing from the Middle East where I am catching an earful about last month’s dueling speeches between President Obama and Israeli PM Netanyahu. To say that majorities here express deep


Ahmed Yusuf

A spark in every outage

Capitalism brings economic growth, or so we were told in college. In Karachi, Pakistan’s most capitalist society, growth seems to be defined in terms of financial opportunity and social mobility: every outage


Mansoor Alam

The man named OBL

Osama is dead. Long live Osama. That is what thousands of his Pakistani and non-Pakistani sympathisers and followers believe. A large number of them even refuse to accept that he is dead,


Syed Hassan Belal Zaidi

Horse manure

Voxpops. From the Latin Vox Populi, which famously means “voice of the people”. That’s what we’re fed, day in and day out by our news channels. It doesn’t really matter what the


Umair Javed

The Islamisation of Pakistan

In my last piece, I highlighted four observations, which, because of one reason or another, give proof of increasing ascription to religion as the predominant marker of individual and national identity. Out

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