The Pity is that Nothing Will Happen
Ayaz Amir |The News| July 11, 2014 Islamabad diaryThe fear is not that all this talk of revolution and marches will disrupt the democratic process. The fear is that it will do nothing of the kind, that nothing will happen and that things as they are –... 
Ordinary Lives
Sakib Sherani |DAWN| July 11, 2014 BARRING a patch in the mid-2000s, Pakistan’s economy has been mired in the quicksand of low growth, rising unemployment, increasing indebtedness, and galloping inflation for almost two decades. How have ordinary Pakistanis... 
Obsession with a Bad Legal Tool
I.A. Rehman |DAWN| July 10, 2014 THE establishment’s aversion to a dispassionate discussion on the Protection of Pakistan Bill is quite amazing, for that way at least some of the concerns of the rights activists could have been allayed. Nobody disputes... 
Khursheed Shah: The Gorbachev of Pakistan?
Najma Minhas |Nation| July 10, 2014 Khursheed Shah has set the cat amongst the pigeons with his suggestion that the elected government term be four and not five years. According to him, “this change will end all conflicts.” But why stop there? Why... 
ISIS is no Taliban
Zahid Hussain |DAWN| July 9, 2014 THE dramatic rise of the Islamic State organisation formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and its proclamation of a so-called caliphate portend a new and more brutal face of global jihadism. The organisation... 
Nisar’s Problem
Ayaz Amir |The News| July 8, 2014 Islamabad diaryHis foremost problem is himself. He cannot abide competition and has an itch to be seen as controlling everything. This worked fine when he was leader of the opposition in the National Assembly in the last... 
Pakistan’s Nuclear Diplomacy
Dr. Maleeha Lodhi |The News| July 8, 2014 Pakistan is carefully evaluating the security implications of new military and strategic developments in the region, which are likely to influence its thinking about South Asia’s nuclear future. They are already... 
In Defence of the Provinces
Shahid Kardar |DAWN| July 8, 2014 IN recent months, the provinces have become the favourite punching bags of Islamabad, donors and commentators alike. They are being chastised for failing to generate adequate resources to fund their constitutional responsibilities... 
Migrations and Shaping of Pakistan
Shahid Javed Burki |Express Tribune| July 7, 2014 Migrations of people into the country and from the country to the world outside have been enormously important in shaping Pakistan’s history. They determined how Pakistan views it neighbours, particularly India... 
The Islamic State — Global Impact on Muslims
Najmuddin A Shaikh |Express Tribune| July 7, 2014 Following their stunning victories in Iraq and simultaneous consolidation of control in parts of Syria, Mr Abu Bakr Baghdadi has renamed his movement as the ‘Islamic State’ in place of the previously... 
Seeking Justice by Force?
Babar Sattar |DAWN| July 7, 2014 WILL vying for instant solutions instead of lasting policy and institutional reform help save Pakistan? Agreed, for democracy to be credible we need the electoral process and its outcomes to be just, fair and honest. And... 



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