Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Need to change the mindset

By Wajid Shamsul Hasan The New Year has begun-hoping against hope. We have not only entered interesting times but also much more challenging than the previous. Domestic front continues to become murkier, internationally writing on...

Hasil Bizenjo and his politics

By I.A. Rehman Before we say goodbye to 2017, it seems appropriate to remember Mir Ghaus Bakhsh Bizenjo, whose birth centenary fell this year and was celebrated by his friends and admirers in Quetta some...

Pakistani citizens on death row abroad

By Zainab Z. Malik The protections available to overseas Pakistanis in host countries depend largely on the efforts of Pakistan's foreign service. This is especially true for Pakistani nationals from impoverished backgrounds who are forced...

Important developments in Pakistan’s situation

By Afrasiab Khattak Important developments during last week (public explanation by the Chief Justice about recent court orders and the COAS's Senate briefing) seem to have somewhat helped in defusing the crippling tension that had...

Consequences of delaying Fata reforms

By Ghulam Qadir Khan Historically, Fata has always been at the periphery of empires. Even when it was considered a kingmaker, it preferred getting booty in return. The area was referred to as Yaghistan (no-man's...

1971 field notes – lessons for Pakistan today

By Akbar Ahmed President Ayub Khan was right. Though watching the 1971 crisis from Islamabad, as a field marshal of the Pakistan Army, he had spotted what for me, a junior assistant commissioner in the...

The ‘twin surrender’ at Faizabad

By Manzoor Ahmed Ashraf Jehangir Qazi was Pakistan's High Commissioner to India during the most difficult times when the two neighbours were engaged in a conflict in Kargil. Despite numerous adversities, the soft-spoken, pleasant, level-headed...

Islam and Ulema in Pakistan

By Sheikh Shuja In response to articles by Mr. Busharat Elahi Jamil and Mr. Wajid Shamsul Hussain in 'The nation (November 24, 2017), it must be stated once again that the Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad AlI Jinnah...

Caught sleeping again!

By Wajid Shamsul Hasan In my op-ed here (December 15 last captioned "Terrorists strike again") my warning was a wakeup call for the law-enforcing authorities to alert them to take all possible measures to protect...

Mainstreaming jihad: military’s ambivalent attitude

By Pervez Hoodbhoy For three decades Pakistan's military establishment has stoutly denied supporting violent religious groups irrespective of whether a group's target lay across national borders or, instead, its goal was to achieve specific political...