Nazir Naji

In the establishment

In the face of the public unrest being displayed in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Jordan and Libya, American-patronised establishments are now struggling to keep their loosening grips on power by bringing in new administrations and new faces. The agenda to keep the American establishment involved in power that the team of President Bush, Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice couldn’t fulfill, the Obama administration is serving it very well. One can recall that before starting the war in Asia, these

Shirin Sadeghi

Willing suspension of disbelief

Once a year, people all over the world tune in to watch the same show at the exact same time and it’s a pleasant pill to swallow when everything else that is being broadcast live is a 24-hour cycle of bad news.
Hollywood’s Academy Awards ceremony is, as British comedian Ricky Gervais bluntly put it, “a night of the most privileged people in the world being told how brilliant they are and thanking God for loving them more than ugly poor foreigners.” But while it may be an anxious

Hassaan Ghazali

Master of none

Human settlements in Pakistan seem to follow a similar trajectory. The larger they get from the populations swelling inside them, the worse they become. At a time when our towns and cities are proving themselves unmanageable even by the (seemingly) strictest of administrations, it appears that it is still possible to plan for urban areas of Pakistan before they turn into…urban areas of Pakistan.
The role of planning in urban development has always been our Achilles heel, so it

Kuldip Nayar

Inaccurate labeling

Certain institutions come to be recognised for their learning and cosmopolitan character. This aspect is so ingrained in the minds of people that even a small deviation can spoil the image that might have been built through long traditions over the years. I am afraid that the Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) at Delhi may lose the halo of reverence it has enjoyed so far. It has been declared as a minority institution.
The very word ‘Islamic’ gave it a special link with the Muslims.

Water wars in South Asia

This is with reference to the column “The more serious issue” in which the author has cited the US senate report to point towards the fact that the Indian ability to use the cumulative power of 33 dams that are at various stages of completion may provide a detrimental blow to Pakistan by reducing its access to water, especially in the growing season.
Pakistan’s economy that is based primarily on its agricultural produce is inextricably linked to the water supply and any

Proof of corruption

According to press reports the Chief Justice of Supreme Court has said if any member of the legal fraternity or a citizen of the country has any information regarding corruption in the higher courts or lower judiciary he/she should share that with Supreme Court along with proof, then a prompt action would be taken against the corrupt.
Everybody knows that the proof of corruption is not possible when the corruption in the society is considered no more an immoral or illegal act.

Are we losing?

The impossible task of reinstating the judiciary was a colossal achievement of the Pakistani people that also signifies a deep rooted need for justice, law and order. Similarly, the Pakistani armed forces have been successful in dismantling the established terror networks in the tribal areas, thus bringing a great measure of peace into the lives of the people. But still the political instability, despite all accomplishments, seems to be continuing?
Apparently, the democratic

Police reporting rooms

It is a disturbing fact that any initiative taken by the police to facilitate the public has never been properly implemented due to lack of will or resources.
The same is the condition of reporting rooms, as stated in news reports, which were established by Punjab police to assist the public. There were reporting rooms established in more than 70 police stations and were meant to assist the public when they approached the police.
Due to negligence and lack of resources,

Lack of security policy

Pakistan gained ground against militant violence in 2010 but urban terrorism is a growing threat and military success will not bring stability unless a comprehensive strategy is developed.
The number of incidents of violence and terrorism in Pakistan fell by 11 percent in 2010 compared to the previous year. The military has launched a series of anti-Taliban offensives in the militant-infested northwest that have disrupted their activities. A sharp rise in US drone strikes also

US military strategy

On February 8, 2011 the United States rolled out its new National Military Strategy. The document based on the 2010 National Security Strategy (NSS) is the first revision of the National Military Strategy since 2004. The strategy describes the aims and objectives and US national interests as: security, prosperity, values and international order. The strategy also described the ways and actions US government intended to employ for materialising the above objectives, which included:

No improvement

The people of Sindh and Karachi voted for their MPAs so that they could provide them security of life and private property, rule of law, improvements in health, better education, welfare and upholding of merit in recruitment. It has been more than three years that this coalition government is in power, both at the centre and in the province and yet all that we hear is mere excuses and irresponsible statements.
The statement by Sindh Home Minister glamorising gangsters does not

Time to be realistic

I think Pakistan must release Raymond Davis. Though, I know that nobody in such a charged environment would like to even listen to my recommendation. I will request my countrymen to kindly be realistic and think the realities of the world politics. It is a fact that we all are very sorry about the sad incident of two youngsters’ death at the hands of Raymond, and feel the pain through which their relatives are passing. However, we must also not forget that both of them were carrying

Stability and terrorism

An increase in terrorism attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan triggered a sharp rise in the number of civilians killed or wounded there last year, pushing South Asia past the Middle East as the top terror-hit region in the world. Thousands of civilians – overwhelmingly Muslim – continue to be slaughtered in extremists’ attacks, contributing to the instability of the often shaky, poverty-stricken governments in the region, the statistics compiled by the National Counter Terrorism Centre

Timely action needed

Police recovered a large number of liquor bottles from sector G-8/1 upon being tipped off by an informer. Margalla Police raided a house and seized two hundred bottles of liquor. However, two suspects including Rashid Chohan and Tariq Chohan managed to escape the scene. Police have registered a case against them and began search for the two suspects.
This is another achievement for the Islamabad police force as they are trying to eliminate illegal activities in the capital city.

Price hike

If nations could be run by merely printing money, muses the MQM’s Altaf Hussain, no country would have been poor. Not only is the statement true, it also reeks of chutzpah. For a party that is against reforms in the GST on one hand and is against the abolition of subsidies on petroleum products and electricity tariffs on the other, the party seems to have a lot of gumption bringing up the government’s penchant for borrowing from the central bank. There are also no points for guessing,

Itching for revolution

Familiar calls for “revolution through army” are being heard once again. In a world weary of military coups, calls of the sort seem completely out of place. Pakistan’s own experience has amply shown that military coups invariably harm the country whether they are staged in the name of accountability, Islam or enlightened moderation. The call in particular seems odd also because the party making the call is part of the ruling coalition. Why doesn’t the party convince its partners to

Dr Hasan Askari Rizvi

Hits and misses

Pakistan’s current experiment with democracy is three years old. It was in February 2008 that the general elections were held and the federal and provincial governments were installed in March-April. There were occasions during these three years when the democratic institutions and processes appeared to be in serious trouble. However, there have been significant achievements.
The 18th Constitutional Amendment has introduced some far-reaching changes in the state system that will