It is emerging by the day with established facts that our president is losing rapidly in estimation where it counts. Zardari’s visit to the US badly hurt his image. The known and the unknown details of his visit have raised serious questions about his inherent capabilities. He spent over18 days abroad during his first month in office including two visits to London and three to Dubai all unofficial except for the one to the UN where, he should not have gone according to our system of governance where such conferences are attended by the PM. Read More »Pakistan’s darkest hour- By DR FAROOQ HASSAN
EVERY political season produces its own mascot, a figure for comic relief amidst the darkness. ‘Tis the season of Shaukat ‘Over my dead body’ Tareen. Like Superman, Tareen is everywhere; unlike Superman, he can’t seem… Read More »Old wine, new skin-By Cyril Almeida
“THERE is no terror, Cassius, in your threats,” Julius Caesar tells him. Pakistan could have told India the same thing at the meeting of the joint anti-terror mechanism: recent bomb blasts at Malegaon and Modasa were not the doing of ‘Muslims from across the border’.
Read More »Fighting terror in South Asia-By Kuldip Nayar
WRITING opinion pieces in a newspaper is a tricky job. While many people may agree with the opinion expressed, there are others who become extremely unhappy.
There is nothing surprising about such a divide in opinion especially in a country of 160 million people.Read More »Whither academic culture? By Ayesha Siddiqa
By Mohammad Malick
I have good news and bad news, so let’s begin with the good. The good news is that leader of the Upper House Raza Rabbani assured his Senate peers that the government was committed to implementing the in-camera security resolution and that the critically important and non-partisan Oversight Parliamentary Committee would be “constituted very soon”. The bad (and real) news is that Raza had made the same commitment two weeks back and judging by the ongoing political churn, we just may hear him reiterating the same commitment another week down the road.Read More »ISLAMABAD: Of Raza’s elusive committees and Sherry’s Sherman on Leghari
* A drop of more than $400 million recorded during one week
By Mushfiq Ahmad
KARACHI: Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves dropped to $6.92 billion during the last week, down by more than $400 million or 5.46 percent from $7.32 billion the country held during the previous week.
Read More »Pakistani Forex reserves drop below $7 billion mark
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif’s transfer of assets from Saudia Arabia to other foreign countries, instead of Pakistan, has been challenged in the Islamabad High Court. In a petition filed by Barrister Javed Iqbal Jaffrey, Dr Shamshad Akhtar’s appointment as the governor of the State Bank has also been challenged. Read More »ISLAMABAD: Nawaz Sharif’s transfer of assets from Saudi Arabia challenged
“Electoralism” expressed through existing political structures may not promise change. This is why it is important to not only look at the nature of political parties but also linkages among various players
October 28 has come and gone. It was significant for two reasons, both diametrically opposed though.
Read More »Kurd, Zardari and other political puzzles —Ejaz Haider
کسی بھی ویرانے میںاگر ایک کنواں کھودا جائے تو اس ویرانے میں بہار آجاتی ہے آس پاس کی بنجرزمینیںآباد ہوجاتی ہیں طویل راستوں کے مسافر اس کنویںپررک کراپنی پیاس بجھاتے ہیں کنویںکے گرد امڈتے اوربلند ہوتے شیشم اورپیپل کے درختوں کی چھاؤں میںبیٹھ کراپنے سفر کی تھکن اتارتے ہیں ،دم بھرسولیتے ہیںاورپھراس شخص کودعائیںدیتے جس نے وہ کنواں کھدوایا تھا پھرسے سفر پرروانہ ہوجاتے ہیں درختوںپر پرندے اپنے گھونسلے بنالیتے ہیں چنانچہ ایک کنواں ایک کائنات ہوجاتاہے جس میں زندگی رواں ہوجاتی ہے۔ جن زمانوں میںابھی ٹیوب ویل رائج نہیںہوئے تھے چین سے پیٹرانجن نہیںآئے تھے میںان زمانوں کے کنویں کاتذکرہ کررہاہوں۔
تقریباً ہرشخص نے اپنی زندگی میںایک نہ ایک کنواںتو دیکھا ہوگا لیکن ہم میںسے کتنے ہیں جنہوں نے ایک ویرانے میںکنواں کھدتا دیکھا ہو۔ میں نےRead More »بونے راج کرتے ہیں (مستنصر حسین تارڑ)
By Jehangir Khattak
PUBLIC opinion polls, media vibes, and popular sentiment all point to ‘Obamania’ sweeping across America. Barring his becoming the victim of the Bradley effect or dramatic tumult, Barack Hussein Obama is on the verge of history.
Read More »‘Obamania’ and Pakistan