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In Pakistan, groups espousing militancy are casting their own seductive shadows on women.

 

We have suffered the ignominy of four military coups. The fifth coup has taken place with the unanimous consent of members of the national parliament present and voting. 

 

The world might have never heard about Shafqat Hussain had Pakistan not briefly lifted its moratorium on executions. His case reflects a flagrant disregard for local and international rights and the harsh realities of Pakistan’s justice system

 
If it is the ineptitude of the media managers, it is bad enough. But if the optics reflect the substance of the post-Peshawar Pakistan then it is an outright disaster for the civilian politicians.  
 

It took the massacre of over 130 children in a fortified school in the cantonment of a provincial capital, to shake the rulers out of their slumber. 

 

Even a horror movie would feel inadequate compared to the carnage in the Army Public School, Peshawar. December 16 may become a fading memory as far as East Pakistan’s separation is concerned but will be a pinching memory for the shocking and numbing killing of 134 children and another 10 teachers and staff shot down in cold blood in the auditorium of the school.

 
It is the first morning of a new year. An astrologer on television forecasts great strides for Pakistan in 2015 which he says will bring prosperity to the country. It is the state-run PTV, and not surprisingly the luckiest man in the fortune-teller’s book of famous people happens to be Mian Nawaz Sharif.
 

ISIS stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and is simply referred to as Islamic State (IS) or Daish. Its origin was that of an offshoot of al Qaeda in Iraq in 1999 and it subsequently became independent in April 2013. 

 

Last Tuesday’s article, ‘Killing carte blanche’ (Daily Times, December 23, 2014), elicited a great deal of interest with regards to the domestic application of sovereignty, which entitles the state exclusively to maintain legitimate means of using force in a territorially limited population. Along with this prerogative of the state is the responsibility that goes with it.

 

We have an unmatched instinct for farce especially when we adopt our most grave and serious postures.

 


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