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What support for Modi as PM means

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his address to the nation has once again stressed the need for peaceful relations with India. Indeed, even a cursory analysis of relations between the two countries at this point in time reveals a restrained approach by Pakistan despite instigation to the contrary as the Indian media goes viral over allegations of ceasefire violations and ...

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Kashmir is India’s problem, not ours

Kashmir is India’s problem, not ours. This does not mean that our claim on Kashmir is not valid. It’s more than doubly valid. Kashmir, however, became India’s problem when Maharaja Hari Singh signed the instrument of accession with the government of India, on October 27, 1947, ignoring the principles of geographical contiguity, ethnic compatibility and the faith of an overwhelming ...

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Mr Sharif’s foreign policy challenge

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wants to normalise relations with India and desires a complete review of Pakistan’s foreign policy. As expressions of intent and desires go, I fully second. The problem is, how. Point one: In real life, there’s invariably a gap between the desirable and the doable. Point two: the PPP government did fairly well in the domain of ...

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We have forgotten our country’s plus points

Like the New Year, a birthday is usually a time for introspection and soul-searching. You go over the past year, assess what you accomplished or failed at, and resolve to work harder for your goals. While celebrating the country’s 66th birthday, did our leaders do the same? Since the leadership has changed hands, it was perhaps, a more apt time ...

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Bureaucrats have no place in politics

The upcoming local government elections could provide an opportunity to address issues of governance in Karachi, provided the local governance system is strengthened to compensate for the division of the province into rural and urban segments. A discussion on these issues is normally framed in terms of the political parties involved. Unless some structural issues are addressed, a change in ...

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Karachi’s dwindling resilience

Karachi has seen unrelenting violence, whether it has endured terrorist attacks, battled petty crime, recuperated from sectarian violence or witnessed rival political groups fighting turf wars. The escalating violence in a sprawling metropolis of approximately 20 million continues to intensify with a bomb blast that killed 11 children after a football match in Lyari and four other bomb blasts in ...

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Dissecting Nawaz Sharif’s national address

Watching Nawaz Sharif’s national address on August 19, I was reminded of the great American president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. FDR, as he was known, who led America through the Great Depression and a great war. He managed to cut through intense political opposition and push through reforms, known as the ‘New Deal’, that would bring relief to the poor, allow ...

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How to rid our urban spaces of crime

Pakistan is facing a weak writ of the state in two geographical categories. The first category includes peripheral tribal areas, also known as Fata and rural areas of Balochistan, also called ‘B areas’. The second category includes pockets of instability in big cities of Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, etc. While Fata and ‘B areas’ of Balochistan require amendments to the legal-constitutional ...

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