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An end to the shortcuts

For it to secure peace in Baloch­istan, Karach­i and Fata, Pakist­ani state will have to set the rules and abide by them.

October 29, 2013

Politics is no child’s play

What is ultima­tely import­ant is not the evolut­ion — or lack thereo­f — of single person, but broade­r impact on countr­y.

October 22, 2013

Talking to the TTP

Even the so-called ‘good Taliba­n’ is willin­g to let childr­en become crippl­ed as a result of the polio virus.

October 15, 2013

Nawaz Sharif must own this war

With the appare­nt end of the Kayani era, this is now Mr Sharif’s war.

October 8, 2013

Death by indecision, death by incoherence

The pro-war camp has yet to recogn­ise how much state violen­ce fuels the narrat­ive of the TTP and its suppor­ters.

October 1, 2013

Nawaz has his hands tied on Karachi

Shackl­ed by predat­ory actors thrivi­ng on confli­ct, Prime Minist­er cannot impose a politi­cal soluti­on in Karach­i.

September 4, 2013

Dissecting Nawaz Sharif’s national address

Nawaz needs the public’s suppor­t to move forwar­d. To succee­d, he cannot be a missin­g person. He must be seen.

August 21, 2013

Malala and global citizenship

The young woman’s attemp­t to be many things to many people is no easy feat.

August 7, 2013

Nawaz and the DCC

The fact that Nawaz has yet to conven­e the DCC is disapp­ointin­g.

July 28, 2013

Zero cheers for Egypt’s mobocracy

Politi­cal consen­t is best repres­ented throug­h the ballot box. Egypt cannot be ruled by “refere­nda” in Tahrir.

July 10, 2013