Karachi violence

Water shortage in Quetta

In the city of Quetta, where the population is about 4.3 million, water shortage is becoming a serious issue. The people of Quetta are facing...

Healthcare, not wealthcare

Emergencies have a crude way of driving home reminders regarding misplaced priorities. The recent outbreak of the dengue fever, particularly in Punjab, has harmed...

Building trade ties

Encouraging developments The integrated border checkpost at Wagha will go a long way towards strengthening businesses relations between Pakistan and India besides ushering in an...

At war within

Imagine a scenario. US Special Forces raid a target in India, complete the operation and successfully extricate. What would the discussion be like? Would...

The spook outed

Raymond Allen Davis has been confirmed by the US government to be an officer of the Central Intelligence Agency. The main reasons for this confirmation are first, that the British newspaper the Guardian was able to establish this fact through the simple act of calling a television station in Colorado state where Davis and his wife have a residence, to ask why, for a brief moment, the station's website indicated that Mrs Davis gave a telephone number at the CIA when asked by a reporter

The election rhetoric

Nawaz and his contemptuous narrative With months left before the country goes to polls, the political arena is quite hot with activity. Almost every...

Salmaan Taseer: a fighting for a patriot

All his life Salmaan Taseer was a fighter for his work, his beliefs and his principles. He was a larger than life figure straight out of the Arabian Nights, the Illiad or the Baburnama. He was intensely human, loving, devastatingly handsome, a magnificent writer and speaker (people forget he wrote the first biography of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto), a man of the people who had the common touch but was equally at ease in a drawing room full of hundreds of his elite admirers. He was loved by

Indian, Chinese anxiety grows over Afghanistan

How the Chinese move correlates with the ‘Pivot to Asia’ needs to be factored in as well   While world attention is focused on Gaza and...

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Khurshid Shah’s Speech

Leader of opposition Khurshid Shah spoke about tax return of Jinnah and then jumped to today. He did not care to mention how much...

Suicide attack on Lahore churches

Two Youhanabad-Lahore churches became targets of ruthless suicide bombers on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Fifteen innocent worshipers, out of a pretty large number, engrossed...

PM must act to end stand-off

PM must act to end stand-off Showing flexibility   The Chief Justice has directed the government to form a more powerful judicial commission. Setting aside the ToRs...

On the question of citizens

And their inalienable rights One day, somewhere in April of 1989, A was sitting with his friends in one of the few private restaurants that...

A boon for exporters?

Can an incentive package alone reverse the trend of decline?       Better late than never, seems to be the government’s watchword in matters of national...

Liberalisation pitfalls

Granted, the local press is right in appreciating the pace of progress of Pak-India trade liberalisation set in motion by the Fahim-Sharma summit some...