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... 
Demography and the Rise of Extremism
Shahid Javed Burki |Express Tribune| October 19, 2014 An important part of the campaign against extremism must include simultaneous action on a number of fronts. Force alone would not do, neither would the creation of a large local security apparatus,... 
New Dimensions of Security
Dr Hassan Askari |Express Tribune| October 20, 2014 External security has been a principal concern for Pakistan. Two recent security issues have acquired salience and require a new approach in the current regional context: the ongoing armed conflict... 
Changing Political Landscape
Babar Sattar |DAWN| October 20, 2014 AT the risk of gross generalisation, here is the takeaway from Multan’s by-election. One, ideological politics is dead. The left-right divide in terms of which we have analysed election prospects for the last four... 
Judge, Jury, Executioner
Saad Rasool |Nation| October 19, 2014 A perverse trend is sweeping through the socio-political culture of Pakistan. A trend that renders the entire system of justice nugatory, and entrusts select individuals (not institutions) to be the ‘judge, jury,... 
The M Word
Cyril Almeida |DAWN| October 19, 2014 YOU already know what’s going to happen next. Silly season will be upon us and the M word will be hawked around again. Once Imran took his show on the road, others were always going to follow. Politics had been... 
Dynastic Politics
Dr Farrukh Saleem |The News| October 19, 2014 Democracy is about three things: elections, accountability and a responsive government. We have had ten elections over the past 44 years but our democracy lacks accountability and has failed to produce a responsive... 
Malala and the Nobel Laureates
S Iftikhar Murshed |The News| October 19, 2014 “I do not even hate the Talib who shot me. Even if there is a gun in my hand and he stands in front of me, I would not shoot him. This is the compassion I have learnt from Muhammad – the prophet of mercy,... 
The Messiah Complex
Shehzad Chaudhary |Express Tribune| October 18, 2014 When a particularly well-performing brigadier was seen to also espouse common concerns on functional and attitudinal anomalies in the army, he became the hope of many on how the army finally may rectify... 



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