Editorials articles

On a rampage

On Thursday, terrorists attacked an army checkpost in South Waziristan killing eight soldiers. The same day, a bomb planted in Matni bazaar near Peshawar killed four innocent people. A day earlier, terrorists

Military accountability

The delay in the formation of an independent enquiry commission mandated by the parliament to probe the Abbottabad fiasco is causing apprehensions both inside and outside the parliament. It is being maintained

Fuel woes

Tuesday’s fuel situation could well have been cited under the encyclopedia entry for Murphy’s Law. The day was one of the weekly off-days for CNG pumps; petrol and diesel were the only


In the swirling vortex of entropy that is the black economy, one wonders how the FBR arrived at the figure of 79 per cent for tax evasion. The World Bank, too, seems

Divide and misrule

JUI(F) leader Abdul Ghafoor Haideri no doubt represents the largest single opposition party in the Senate enjoying the support of 10 senators. What remains questionable is whether he represents the majority of

The bloodbath in KP

The two gruesome attacks, one in the outskirts of Peshawar and the other in Nowshera, killing 24 innocent people once again underscore the diabolical nature of the TTP. It is the height


The Pakistan People’s Party and Balochistan. The relationship between the two mirrors the relationship of the former with many other entities. That of an ascent. By way of example, consider the ANP,

Security threat

Ilyas Kashmiri, responsible for attacks on PNS Mehran and several other key security establishments in Pakistan, has finally been killed in a drone attack in South Waziristan. On Wednesday Afghan Taliban had

Military accounts

Few but the boys club would find fault with the finance minister’s suggestion for the defence budget to be fully accountable. It isn’t at the moment, with just the one line indicating

The Budget

In the mad media rush to get vox pops on the budget and sound bites from politicians, an MNA from the MQM remarked how it was impossible to fashion a “people’s budget”


This editorial space might as well be called the obituary section given the distressing news of death it carries on an almost daily basis. Such is the state of affairs in Pakistan

Looking back

We missed all our targets but that isn’t as bad as it sounds. The tone of this year’s Economic Survey of Pakistan – which presents the state of the economy at the

The audacity of terror

In a highly audacious move, about 200 Afghan Taliban entered Upper Dir district bordering Afghanistan’s Kunnar province to launch an attack on a security post 20 kilometers inside Pakistan. Besides blowing up

Haste made waste

The commission to probe the Abbottabad fiasco may comprise independent members but, if Asma Jahangir is to be believed, its formation is illegal because the CJP was not consulted prior to the

Another comrade falls

Back in the Swat debacle, he was an embedded journalist of sorts with the Taliban for a little while. When he had initially introduced himself to their spokesperson Muslim Khan, he was

Operation in NWA

North Waziristan Agency (NWA) has turned into the nerve centre of the various terrorist groups affiliated with the TTP and Al-Qaeda. Major extremist leaders including Hakimullah Mehsud, Ilyas Kashmiri and Qari Hussain