“I want to live”

The system requires overhauling Like an individual, the nation too has a limit of tolerance. For Delhi and some other cities, the gang rape at...

Cannon to right of him, cannon to left of him, cannon behind him

Volley’d and thunder’d     As you can see, the title of my article is taken from a line in Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poem, ‘Charge of the...

Asking for trouble?

It’s better to engage than to confront   George Bernard Shaw famously said: “We learn from history that we learn nothing from history.” Thanks to recent intemperate...

What Pakistan was busy doing this World Environment Day

Everything except focusing on the environment     From Altaf Hussain’s inability of using the tried and tested bori system to the PTA swallowing progressive pages on...

The Afghan policy review

The latest review of the United States policy in Afghanistan, released on December 16, does not set out any new goals but reiterates its policy to "disrupt, dismantle, and eventually defeat Al-Qaeda in the region (Afghanistan and Pakistan) and to prevent its return to either country." It also endorses the decision taken at the Lisbon Conference in the third week of October 2010 to pull out NATO-US troops by the end of 2014 after transferring security responsibilities to the Afghan

My Political Philosophy: Grow Up!

Especially in these dangerous times I have been involved in politics my entire adult life. There were two main sources of inspiration from my childhood...

Price of apathy

Will the State continue to stumble down a road of impotence and indifference? The deafening bang was followed, after just a stunned moment’s pause, by...

On independence

  Let’s be real     If public is to be blamed for making fun of the Independence, their representatives should also be condemned for being no different.     Independence...

Renewed from the West?

Where will change come from, if it comes at all? The hundred year old Perth Mosque centrally located in the city of Perth, Western Australia,...

Election Diary – Four

Election campaign and modern technology The final list of the candidates is out. There are more contestants in these elections than was the case in...

Unending madness

A popular movement is the only way out The controversy surrounding the verdict handed down to Mr Gilani in the contempt of court case has...

Preferential treatment

Pre-arrest bail means physical presence in court   Ever since the accountability process came into the limelight, political point scoring as well as victimisation has been...

21st century Cold War

Russia is once again ready to challenge the hegemony of America The world has gone through a number of different important phases. The treaty...

A tale of two deals

Defining the future US policy towards the region For the world at large, Iran’s nuclear deal made the obvious headlines this past weekend. For Pakistan,...

Se(x)ationalism

TV news caters to the misogynists who want to declare Veena a scarlet woman in the daytime and ogle reruns of the FHM story...

The quest for quality…

...in both private and public sector schools Some popular perceptions, that are persisting in certain circles in Pakistan, are that private schools only work for...

Unmanned and Undiscerning

First of its kind, the book really delves deep into who actually operate the drone machines and how Not too long ago, many people criticized...