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The last week or so has been among the bloodiest periods in our recent history. Starting with the attack on the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar, four provinces have witnessed foul dastardly acts of terrorism that have left almost 150 dead and twice as many wounded.

 

Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, an Ismaili Shia by birth, proudly proclaimed, just prior to Pakistan’s independence, that the country he founded on the basis of religion would not discriminate against any of its citizens on the basis of religion.

Pakistan’s founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, an Ismaili Shia by birth, proudly proclaimed, just prior to Pakistan’s independence, that the country he founded on the basis of religion would not discriminate against any of its citizens on the basis of religion.

 
LAST week, as Pakistan was reeling from an onslaught of terror attacks, and analysts and ordinary people alike were wondering what this new and sudden spate of blasts meant, similar questions were being asked in the United States.
 

ACCORDING to official sources, the government has decided to table a bill to extend the ‘exceptional’ use of military courts for another three years. Reportedly, the draft amendment would give military courts jurisdiction over any offence considered to be an act of terrorism, a broader mandate than the 21st Amendment, which was applicable only to “terrorism motivated by religion or sectarianism” and where the accused were “members of proscribed organisations”.

 

Husain Haqqani, former diplomat, who has written the book India vs Pakistan: Why Can’t We Just Be Friends?

 

Does religion form the core of the Pakistani identity and is it reconcilable with democracy and its institutional forms? From Pakistan’s army, a range of responses

 

DEATH of a well-known Urdu fiction writer kicking up a debate about her legacy and her role during Gen Zia’s period. Cricket. Killing of popular policemen. Again cricket. Spring festivals. Valentine’s Day restrictions. News about an impending crackdown once again leading to an exercise in dividing the province of Punjab into real and imagined geographical zones.

 

A REPORT by PwC has everyone talking due to a claim reportedly made in it that Pakistan will be the world’s 16th largest economy by the year 2050.

 

What do criminals do with their money? Once profits have been made from illegal arms sales, smuggling, drug trafficking or prostitution rings, where does that money go? Invariably the proceeds of crime are laundered — a complex process undertaken to conceal the original source of funds.

 

LIKE so many past terrorist attacks, there was forewarning of the latest suicide bombing that struck Lahore on Monday. Yet the carnage could not be prevented.

 


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