Editorials

The moot in Muscat

And the formidable headwinds   The Quadrilateral Cooperation Group (QCG) comprising Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States, and China held its first meeting in January 2016 and the fifth and last one in

The Kurram blast

Need to ramp up anti-terrorist operations Two days after the army recovered an American-Canadian family from the kidnappers when they crossed into Kurram from Afghanistan, four FC personnel, including a captain, were

Economy and security

Whose business is it?   Rather than the back-and-forth regarding whose business it is to talk about the economy, etc, both civil and military leaders are better advised to accept that sustainable

Afghanistan again

 Nothing’s changed, really     Not much has really changed, or is going to change, in Afghanistan with Donald Trump’s new Afghan plan, despite the apparent glee in Kabul. The US has

Resumption of Pak-US dialogue

Need to disabuse Trump administration of its false notions   After nearly eight weeks of estrangement and distrust there are signs of marginal improvement in Pak-US relations. PM Abbasi’s meeting with VP

Surreal trial

Delaying justice by gimmickry   To the layman the disqualified former Prime Minister and his family were provided ample opportunity and sufficient leeway, even a misplaced leniency according to some critics, to

Of guns and butter

And a viable balance   Despite a rebuttal by a finance ministry spokesman of the World Bank’s estimate of Pakistan’s financing needs, there should be no doubt that Pakistan’s economy suffers from

Handle Afghanistan with care

The big brother has to be large-hearted   Afghan peace process requires sophisticated handling. In June President Ghani accused Pakistan of waging an undeclared war against Afghanistan. The country’s politicians remain divided

Get rid of the terrorist networks

And chillax   While announcing America’s  Afghan policy President Trump accused Pakistan of harbouring terrorists who he claimed kill American citizens and demanded an end to it.  Trump’s policy also  provided India  a

Inevitable integration

Merger with KP is FATA’s destiny It is Pakistan’s misfortune that, at a time when the trend is towards semi-autonomous regions seeking separation from the mother country, as in the cases of

PM Abbasi invokes CoD

It is only when it is out on a limb that PML-N remembers the accord During its entire tenure the PML-N simply ignored Sindh concentrating entirely  on Punjab for public support. The

PM Abbasi invokes CoD

  It is only when it is out on a limb that PML-N remembers the accord   During its entire tenure the PML-N simply ignored Sindh, concentrating entirely on Punjab for public

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