Columns

The failure of the US policy in Afghanistan and the emergence of alliances

The US policy of carrot to bring Pakistan to negotiating table in Afghanistan’s context badly bogged down. It was wrong expectation to ask someone to throw gold and guns in the fast flowing river . The sole super is expected to take bold step like the US took in Suez Canal crisis that was not to be. The sole super ...

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Politics of demography

The term census was originally coined by Romans to keep a count of the male population fit for military services. But during the socio-historical evolution of the world it mainly came to mean national population and housing censuses that provides a picture of levels of education, age, sex, social status and other characteristics of the people. By now it has ...

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Civil society and civic life in Afghanistan

It is interesting to note that electronic media has taken longer strides than print media in the war-torn country. The evolution of the concept of civil society over the past several hundred years makes an interesting study.  Hobbes, Locke, Hegel, Marx, Tocqueville and Gramsci took hard efforts to construct the concept of civil society at various phases and eras of ...

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Some stocktaking

The main feature of Pakistan’s 70th National Day was the impressive and colourful military parade that remained the focus of media coverage on 23rd of March this year. The march past was supposed to represent the country’s determination for defeating terrorism, which is a noble and desirable goal. So far so good. But for the last many years the country ...

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How long do we have to experiment?

Experience is like a comb one gets it when there is no hair left on the head. The experiment is a good teacher but the tuition fee is too high. The wiser will learn from others or his own past experiences but the stupid will experiment again and again. To put it, in other words, the silly will bang his ...

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Myth of accountability

Afrasiab Khan Khattak With the exception of a few sane voices Pakistan has lacked a rational and fair discourse on the question of accountability for obvious reasons. Prerequisites for genuine accountability such as supremacy of the Constitution, rule of law and equality of citizens before the law aren’t there. Holy cows have been and still are above the law and ...

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Pakistan and abuse of religion

Pakistani ruling elites hold Pakistan acrimonious to Islam and proudly claims that it was the first country which was carved from the belly of India in the name of Islam. Unless one has detailed knowledge of philosophy, one cannot use it for a particular mission. Every mission needs a driving force and the religious scholars were not a driving political ...

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An End to the Colonial Legacy- Merger of FATA with KPK

History of Pashtuns has always been full of dramatic conflicts. They have been constantly struggling with one invader or another. Balochs confronted somewhat the same fate. Since the time of the British colonizers in the subcontinent, the Pakhtuns have been discriminated against. They were divided among themselves by the foreign rulers. The British rulers governed the subcontinent for over a ...

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The Witch-hunt

The two nations narrative, based on religious hatred suddenly ceased to exist when India was declared independent and a new state was carved from its belly, named Pakistan on 15th August 1947. On the first anniversary, the date was changed to 14th as it was sacred Friday. To have same Independence Day with India was unacceptable to the elites of northern India ...

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An Appeal to Social Activists of Punjab

An unknown number of people in Pakistan have been disappeared, presumably by state agents working with the intelligence agencies of Pakistan. Many of them are Baluch nationalists but the disappeared persons also include people from other ethnic groups. Some them have never been reported upon by media in Pakistan. I write in support of one of such never reported on ...

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