Dr Faisal Bari

Teacher is the key

If you talk to public sector teachers or teacher representatives, across Pakistan, they tell you how frustrating their jobs are. They feel they are not given proper career paths (why can a

Ahmed Yusuf

Nazim or Commissioner

The Nazim-led local government system returns to Sindh. And while the PPP will eventually find a way to pacify not just the MQM but also the ANP and Sindhi nationalists, this step

Rabia Ahmed

Lunar calendar

‘The time has come,’ the Walrus said, ‘to talk of many things, of ramzan and prayers and zakat tax, of CPI and load sheddings, And why our days are boiling hot And

Urooj Zia

Leg of buffalo!

What must a woman do if she is harassed on the street in Pakistan? She has two options: grind her teeth and bear it, or go to a police station and initiate


Trust issues

The struggle of the High Peace Council, led by Prof Burhanuddin Rabbani, for the restoration peace, solidarity and prosperity not only in Afghanistan but in the entire region are commendable. But they

Humayun Gauhar

Death by debt?

Last Sunday, I joked that China had put the US on EBay. Was I wrong? By its debt and creditworthiness being downgraded for the first time ever, the United States of America

M J Akbar

Knowing when to lose

The French politician who formally congratulated the mayor of Paris for losing the 2012 Olympics bid to London made perfect sense. The straitjacket of security, he explained, would drive summer tourists away

Iqbal Haider

Beyond borders

Soon after her appointment as the first lady foreign minister of Pakistan, Hina Rabbani Khar had to face the tedious task of negotiations with the much more senior and experienced foreign minister

Arif Nizami

Dire straits

The doomsday pundits and naysayers predicting the imminent demise of the government at the hands of an obdurate apex court were sadly disappointed. According to puritan jurists like Justice (retd) Wajihuddin, it

White Lies

It seems that the Bin Ladens are not just in the demolition business, they are huge in the construction business as well. The late Osama bin Laden demolished the twin towers, once

Aziz-ud-Din Ahmad

Living in the past?

A colonial mindset was once again reflected in Altaf Hussain’s remarks on Wednesday. There was the usual attitude of looking down upon the people of Sindh who welcomed millions of refugees with

National salvation

Altaf Hussain’s prognosis of the Karachi situation displays a fair quotient of desperation. His latest salvo alleged that the government (read PPP and ANP) had completely failed to control the worsening law

Ejaz Haider

The battle for Karachi

The Mutahidda Qaumi Movement founder Altaf Hussain wants an impartial army crackdown in Karachi to cleanse the city of armed terrorists. He has also warned that no one can steal the MQM

Agha Akbar

Stoking the fire?

People being gunned down by the score, a sustained reign of violence and terror, tortured bodies found in gunny sacks: this is all so reminiscent of the turmoil and bloodbath of the