The CII’s Dubious Mandate
I.A. Rehman |DAWN| October 30, 2014 ‘Marriage is a contract according to Mohammedan law’ — Mohammad Ali Jinnah THE call for the disbandment of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) merits a serious and unbiased discussion. The demand has been made... 
Modi’s Hostility to Pakistan
Talat Masood| Express Tribune| October 29, 2014 Once again, India-Pakistan relations are passing through testing times. The Line of Control (LoC), but more significantly, the Working Boundary, has become extremely volatile with highly belligerent statements... 
A Dangerous Divide
Zahid Hussain |DAWN| October 29, 2014 It is not hard to guess why the MQM is often described as the enfant terrible of Pakistani politics. The party has once again stirred a hornet’s nest of ethnic politics by demanding the carving up of Sindh to create... 
Dangerous Truths
Tariq Khosa |DAWN| October 28, 2014 “THE truth is never as dangerous as a lie in the long run,” wrote the late Ben Bradlee, editor of The Washington Post whose exposé of the Watergate scandal led to a president’s resignation. Pakistani state and... 
Autumn in Punjab and the Plains
Ayaz Amir |The News| October 27, 2014 Is there a more bewitching time of year than this? While the afternoon sun can still be slightly warm – it won’t do to stand in the sun – the air turns mild and soft as evening approaches. This is the only time... 
Futility of Coercive Diplomacy
Maleeha Lodhi |The News| October 27, 2014 Once again dark clouds hover over Pakistan-India relations. Dialogue remains suspended while tensions and firings continue on the Line of Control in Kashmir as well as the working boundary.The proximate reason... 
PTI’s Means vs Ends
Babar Sattar |DAWN| October 27, 2014 IS removal of Nawaz Sharif the means or the end for Imran Khan? Even if Khan’s argument is that the ouster of Sharif is a prerequisite for the change he champions, should he squander other means to promote his agenda... 
A matter of Life and Death
I.A. Rehman |DAWN| October 23, 2014 REGARDLESS of the government’s state of mind and its priorities, it will do itself and the people a great wrong by overlooking civil society’s concerns about the Lahore High Court’s decision to confirm the sentence... 
A Balkanization of Pakistan?
Najma Minhas |Nation| October 22, 2014 In Pakistan, there is a visceral fear of the demand for more provinces –people calling for this are often described as anti-state, wanting to cause the breakup of Pakistan or its ‘Balkanization.’ I am not sure... 
Beyond the Politics of Rallies
Zahid Hussain |DAWN| October 22, 2014 IT is the season of political rallies. There is no shortage of adjectives for the organisers, and enthusiastic media persons are ready to exaggerate the success of each rally in gushing words — ‘mammoth’, ‘massive’,... 
Trading Order for Liberty
Saad Rasool |Nation| September 21, 2014 The arrest and preventive detention of PTI and PAT workers across Pakistan, and specifically in the Punjab, under Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance (MPO), is an abominable exercise of the State... 



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