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In foreign policy as well as in virtually every human endeavour, how do you know how well or badly you are doing? Most smart people have annual physicals to check on their health. Scorecards for hedge fund managers and CEOs are measured in return on investment or share value.

 

In the first week of November 2014, MQM chief Altaf Hussain in an address referred to wall chalkings and the hoisting of a few flags in southern Punjab. He also expressed serious concerns over the growing threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Pakistan. 

 

Once described as the “epicentre of terrorism”, Miramshah is now reduced to mere rubble. The long row of hotels that had sprung up over the last few years and had been used by foreign militants as rest and relaxation centres have been blown up by air strikes and heavy artillery fire.

 

The Baloch Council of North America (BCNA), headed by Dr Wahid Baloch, has decided to write a new chapter in the history of Balochistan by dissolving the pro-independence Baloch Society of North America (BSO-NA) and denouncing separatism.

 

The horrifying case of the killing and burning of a young Christian couple, Shama and Sajjad, by a mob in a village in Kasur could become a test case for the government to demonstrate — for once — its commitment to the rule of law in incidents where the vulnerable are attacked.

 
More and more, Imran Khan’s erratic political trajectory is guiding him towards a major collision with reality, while his party resembles a coach dragged along by a runaway horse.  
 

After rejoicing at the advent of the Arab Spring, when government after government was being toppled by the people’s power, the Western world turned its attention towards Libya.

 
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 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. 

 

How do you stay optimistic about the prospects of your country when the naked truth paints a dark picture? Is living in a make-believe world the true mark of love and loyalty or acknowledging your failures and faults with the object of stimulating change?

 


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