The Taliban within

As the nation takes on terrorists, religious extremism is still on the rise   ‘Pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion. Pity the nation that acclaims the

Another war begins

What follows may make Zarb-e-azb look easy   “I will believe it’s a comprehensive operation if I see the authorities arrest heads of militant organisations in Punjab, for a start”, Dr Ayesha

Jumping to centre-left

Pakistan’s war doesn’t end with Zarb-e-Azb For the last three decades or so Pakistan’s narrative has lived under strict watch of the centre-right. Extremism and violence come in all shapes and sizes

White Lies

The incumbent premier’s diet is the subject of a national fascination. There is a “He eats food! The ANIMAL!” indignation about his dietary habits and there is nothing he can do that

Yahan thookna mana hai*

Pakistan and its complicated relationship with reverse psychology   More than two dozen people perished on the Karachi beach this Eid. Many underestimated the strength of the waters before them. Only a

Power, prayers and rain

This business involves a lot of politics     What makes 16 hours without electricity in a day even more disturbing? Your country’s power minister having 23 per cent stakes in a