Has the IS Advance been Blunted if not Reversed?
Najmuddin A Shaikh |Express Tribune| November 17, 2014 As I write this column on the morning of November 15, there appear to be signs pointing to some success in checking what appeared a month ago to be the inexorable advance of the Islamic State (IS)... 
Inequality and Public Policy
Shahid Javed Burki |Express Tribune| November 17, 2014 Inequality — the perception about it or in reality — has had a profound impact on Pakistan’s political development. The founding of the state of Pakistan was the result of the perception on... 
Kashmir, Ultra-Nationalism and Religion
Dr. Hassan Askari |Express Tribune| November 17, 2014 Relations between Pakistan and India are at a depressingly low point. Not that their relations were smooth during the last couple of years of the Congress rule, but now they have deteriorated to a... 
Who’ll Save the Justice System?
Babar Sattar |DAWN| November 17, 2014 In Pakistan we take personal affront to criticism. The content of cries of despair becomes irrelevant. What provokes ire is how someone dare ask thorny questions. The tribal honour code that our institutions have... 
The PML-N’s Best Friend
Cyril Almeida |DAWN| November 16, 2014 PARLIAMENT saved democracy. No, the opposition saved democracy. No, the government saved its own skin. No, the script writers balked. No, Qadri and Imran failed. Everyone’s got a theory. But few want to state the... 
Righting our Wrongs
Shahzad Chaudhary |Express Tribune| November 15, 2014 Babar Sattar asked this week in Dawn, “Is the ship sinking?” Not yet; but we are just about there. Some compartments are flooded while some may only be partially lost. Is it a sick ship, though?... 
Human Rights and Diplomacy
I A Rehman |DAWN| November 13, 2014 A THREE-DAY discussion on planning foreign policy decisions from a human rights perspective revealed that this important subject has been neglected in Pakistan by state and civil society alike. The Third World has unhappy... 
IS: A Global Challenge
Zahid Hussain |DAWN| November 12, 2014 THE sensational rise of IS, also known as Islamic State has caused global panic. It has also dramatically altered geopolitics, producing strange bedfellows. Putting aside their hostilities, the US and Iran now stand... 
 Could the Wagah Tragedy have been Averted?
Talat Masood |Express Tribune| November 11, 2014 The Wagah border terrorist attack was once again a stark reminder that while India and Pakistan may be engaged in jingoistic war-mongering, the more potent threat is from an enemy within. The other grim... 
Tips to Happiness
Ayaz Amir |The News| November 11, 2014 Or rather tips to living reasonably well in today’s Pakistan…a Pakistan beyond tinkering or fixing in bits. Most of us are coming slowly to the realisation that this country needs a complete overhaul. But who... 
Muted Blowback
Moeed Yusuf |DAWN| November 11, 2014 THE high casualty figures in the Wagah terrorist incident in Lahore confirm that the perpetrators have scored a major victory. That said (and not to downplay the barbarism they have displayed), the real policy puzzle... 



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