In Pakistan, state empowered the seminary by hiring proxy warriors from it. Then, the un-empowered developed their own street muscle, weaponising themselves through the underworld where jihad and crime meet
There is no direct connection between the invitation by President Trump to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he visit the USA ‘this year’ — and a missile test in Pakistan but the call that contained the invitation went beyond the symbolic.
LAST Wednesday, this paper carried an editorial on staged encounters and lamented the fact that the “deaths of suspects in police shoot-outs are an acceptable part of routine life today”.
A nation divided, and another seeking leadership of the supranational ummah
As world leaders gather in Davos to reflect on the increasingly grim future of globalisation, it is worth a moment to reflect on where Pakistan has stood in this process, and how it might fare as the clouds darken over the global economy.
The power of media has become so pervasive that it influences national policy, sets its own priorities on reporting events and above all constructs national discourse. Since several weeks matters connected with Panama Leaks have saturated the television and radio news and talk shows.
Plagued by the colossal “Panama Leaks” scandal, the government is naturally engaging in creating distractions. Instead of addressing the exposed corruption and proving that a vigorous democracy is the answer to all of Pakistan’s woes, this government is focused on blaming the military for its failures.
ARE we still too naive to determine our enemy?
Over the past few days, five Pakistani activists including the poet Salman Haider have gone missing. The incidents have left the rights groups, already under pressure from the military and extremist outfits, alarmed. Nobody has claimed responsibility, and the family members haven’t got any ransom calls.
Title: Bollywood Boom; Author: Roopa Swaminathan; Publisher: Penguin; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 221
Title: Defeat is an Orphan: How Pakistan Lost the Great South Asian War; Author: Myra Macdonald; Publisher: Penguin Random House India; Pages: 328; Price: Rs 599
The story of Afghanistan -- of the war against the Soviets and of terrorism that has gripped the landlocked country ever since -- is in many ways also the story of diplomat Masood Khalili, who motivated his people and led them...
Title: The Golden Legend; Author: Nadeem Aslam; Publisher: Penguin Random House; Pages: 376; Price: Rs 599
Over the Years, a collection of 106 short articles, offers us interesting sidelights on the currents and cross- currents in the public life of India during two distinctive periods: (I) 1987 to 1991 and (II ) 2010 to the present.