Good governance makes for good politics
Talat Masood |Express Tribune| February 4, 2015 When the PML-N won a convincing electoral mandate and Nawaz Sharif assumed the office of prime minister for the third time, people justifiably had high expectations. Armed with the experience of two tenures,... 
Justice on trial
Zahid Hussain |DAWN| February 4, 2015 THE divide at the Islamabad High Court when it finally resumed the hearing of Mumtaz Qadri’s petition against his conviction was palpable. Those condoning murder in the name of religion stood on one side — against... 
Inequalities of the Islamic Republic
Ayaz Amir |The News| February 3, 2015 I have a problem with my editors who despite being very bright and enlightened folk otherwise – certified champions of democracy, for one – in some respects still live in the Victorian age, when, amongst other... 
Some Questions
Moeed Yusuf |DAWN| February 3, 2015 PRESIDENT Obama’s visit to India has created unease in Pakistan. For Pakistani officialdom, the goodies offered to India during Obama’s trip are symptomatic of what they see as the larger problem: the US is going... 
Worrying Complacency
Shahid Kardar |DAWN| February 3, 2015 FUNDING large budget deficits in pure rupee terms is a relatively easier proposition. Lenders can be repaid by printing money. What it would do to the buying power of these rupees would be another matter, but the... 
Pakistan in a changing world
Shahid Javed Burki |Express Tribune| February 2, 2015 The Muslim world, of which Pakistan is a part, is in a state of considerable turmoil. While there are some declines in the rates of fertility in recent years, the past high levels have left these countries... 
Legal and moral abyss
Babar Sattar |DAWN| February 2, 2015 MUMTAZ Qadri, more than being defended by former chief justice of the Lahore High Court, Khawaja Mohammad Sharif, former LHC judge Mian Nazir Akhtar, and hundreds of other lawyers, is being lionised by these professed... 
Nothing learnt
Dr.Farrukh Saleem |The News| February 1, 2015 Red alert. The worst thing that can happen to a government is systemic failure. Red alert. The worst thing that can happen to a government is exponential decay (whereby a government learns nothing – or even... 
Killed for faith
Saad Rasool |Nation| February 1, 2015 The job of a columnist, week after week, is to opine on the issue of the hour. In Pakistan, this is frequently a curse; because most weeks this entails penning a chronicle of blood, screams and sorrows. Over time,... 
Respond, not reform
Cyril Almeida |DAWN| February 1, 2015 THERE are two kinds of bomb blasts in Pakistan: the kind that happen in places no one cares about and that result in nothing happening — immediately; and the other kind that happen in places people do care about... 
Solution is known…the words fail us
Ayaz Amir |The News| January 30, 2015 We are transfixed by the symptoms: power cuts, gas shortage, petrol crisis. We are not getting the measure of the underlying crisis, the true problem: this is a clueless and incompetent team, its capacity to run things... 



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