Jalees Hazir

  • Like other self-proclaimed custodians of our faith, Maulana Fazlur Rehman feels that he has a veto over anything to do with Islam. He has now stepped forth to say that no one would be allowed to reform the blasphemy laws in the Constitution of Pakistan as amended by General Zia. Shouldn’t we ...

    READMORE
  • About Syria, where does one begin? For those who wish to see it, the truth is written on the wall. The lies and spins dished out by imperial mouthpieces to justify last week’s Tomahawk-attack only confirm it. They do not appeal to reason and expose the feet of clay on which the imperial ...

    READMORE
  • Pakistan’s newly-appointed Foreign Secretary has a tough job. She’s supposed to make the personalised hodge-podge of Nawaz Sharif’s foreign dealings sound like coherent national policy. Picture this: While announcing yet again the inclusion of Pakistan in the Saudi-led so-called ...

    READMORE
  • The sickening jor-tor games of power-players are intensifying in the name of democracy these days. Old hounds have smelt elections and they are performing their petty partisan tricks with an earnestness that is palpable. Amidst their finger-pointing and hand-shakes, they don’t forget to throw ...

    READMORE
  • The government has announced that Pak-India talks on illegal hydropower projects being developed in Indian-occupied Kashmir will be held in Washington. Last week, crucial Pak-Afghanistan talks took place in London. As a rule, our governments blindly follow imperial pied pipers at the IMF and World ...

    READMORE
  • News about Pakistan sending troops to defend Saudi Arabia have started surfacing in the media and there is talk once again of General Raheel taking charge of the so-called Saudi counter-terrorism coalition. There has been no official confirmation and these just might be fake news like so many other ...

    READMORE
  • It should not be difficult to have a constructive debate on issues surrounding the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and its final match in Lahore last week, but something completely different is unfolding. The blind faith of PSL-zealots has made it impossible to have a rational discussion. As per their ...

    READMORE
  • Now when we need clarity more than ever, a host of media commentators seem to be on an insidious mission to add to the chaos. As if belittling the achievements of General Raheel was not enough, they’d like to go further and find excuses to lay the blame for the new wave of terror at his door. ...

    READMORE
  • Spring is in the air despite the war against Pakistan. In a time of national distress, should we ignore it? Should we go around with the dark cloud of death and destruction hanging over our head and disregard the beauty of life thriving around us, the scent of its will to survive in the air? Or ...

    READMORE
  • The all-out hybrid war against Pakistan has entered a new, more dangerous, phase and the recent terrorist attack in Lahore is just one glaring reminder of this fact. The question is: Are we prepared as a nation to fight this war and win it? Our armed forces might be among the best and most ...

    READMORE
  • Iran is having none of Trump’s two-faced nonsense. In response to the unwarranted new sanctions imposed by his administration, it announced counter-sanctions. In a hard-hitting speech that drove home many points, Iran’s Supreme Leader thanked Trump for exposing the real face of the US. ...

    READMORE
  • One question about Trump is fundamental: Is he for real or is he the brand new puppet in the hands of the same old Uncle Sam? In other words, is he here to ‘drain the swamp’ as he says or merely to cover it up and rename it as ‘the beach’? Though his campaign branded him as ...

    READMORE
  • Earlier this week, the Privatisation Commission decided in principle to lease out Pakistan Steel Mills for the next thirty years to a private investor. Numbers were thrown at us to justify its privatisation; the 200-billion-rupee deficit accumulated so far and the 2-billion-rupee monthly loss it ...

    READMORE
  • Perhaps it has not occurred to the holier-than-thou media pundits who trashed General Raheel for something he had not done, that they owe him an apology. The fake news about his ‘appointment’ as head of the Saudi alliance had a context, but they chose to ignore it. They did not wait for ...

    READMORE
  • Blasphemy fatwas are back in business. A cleric from Gujrat pronounced one against Imran Khan and our brave tabdeeli warrior who doesn’t tire of quoting Iqbal and Quranic verses, was quick to come up with an apology as demanded. The cleric had threatened the PTI chief that a failure to do so ...

    READMORE
  • They say the ball is in the Supreme Court. The Panama-case is all set to enter a brand new year under a brand new Chief Justice. Too bad his predecessor couldn’t decide the matter of national importance before him. Too bad that the new bench constituted by the new Chief Justice will now start ...

    READMORE
  • More than anything else, the beginning of a new year is a loud reminder about time, ticking away incessantly every moment. There are days when it seems that we are caught in a cruel vicious circle, going round and round like hands in an old-fashioned clock. That’s just an illusion though. ...

    READMORE
  • Beware of fake news, manufactured to make you believe otherwise: The liberation of Syria’s largest city from the clutches of sponsored terrorists is clearly a reason to celebrate. Besides spurring positive developments on the ground, it should mark the fall of the false narrative on Syria ...

    READMORE
  • After his anti-Pakistan antics at the Goa BRICS summit, what Modi did at Amritsar should have come as no surprise; using a cooperative multilateral forum to demonise Pakistan as the mother and father of terrorism. That this time Modi was whole-heartedly assisted in his Pakistan-bashing by the ...

    READMORE
  • Even if it was for just three years, we must thank God for blessing Pakistan with General Raheel. During his tenure as the COAS, he shone bright like a super-full moon, rising high above the soulless smog that hangs drearily over our power corridors like a curse. Ensconced in their cushy armchairs, ...

    READMORE
  • I love the fact that China, Russia and Pakistan have started to develop a shared understanding on Afghanistan. This is the trilateral core of a natural alliance that could end the occupation of the country, something that is essential for the security and prosperity of our region. Include Iran, ...

    READMORE
  • Despite the uncomfortable questions surrounding Trump, one thing is certain: Hillary in the White House would have been far worse for the world. She was all set to take the unilateralist badmashi of the US to the next level and precipitate a direct military conflict with Russia and China. The good ...

    READMORE
  • The various explanations floated to explain the smog in Lahore are just a small reminder of how our understanding of the world is being clouded by distractions in the mass media. From military war-zones blighting the world to the war against the poor waged by the IMF, from corruption in our ...

    READMORE
  • Thank God for the Supreme Court that saved the day with its positive intervention. It was a relief to see the PTI leadership back-off from its unwise call to lock down the capital and the ruling PML-N easing its dictatorial crack-down that almost brought the whole house down. Both have agreed to ...

    READMORE
  • One thread runs through almost every matter of national significance these days, from the recent terrorist attack in Quetta to the increasing tension between the government and military leadership. It is time to stop running around like headless chickens, treating each matter separately and ...

    READMORE
  • Among other more important things, the Dawn story has brought painful questions about our metropolitan information elite and its high-powered sources to the forefront. It’s not about this particular story or the newspaper that printed it. On the larger canvas, it is not even about the public ...

    READMORE
  • The way Imran Khan crushed dissent within PTI to boycott the joint session of the parliament is interesting to say the least. The hold of an elitist coterie over decision-making in the party is obviously slipping. It could pave the way for the dictatorship of its Chairman and his whims or, if he is ...

    READMORE
  • The historic first-ever Pak-Russia joint military exercise that started last week is a reason to celebrate. Despite Indian efforts to get it cancelled, Friendship-2016 is underway as planned. It’s uplifting indeed to see Pakistan and Russia leave the largely unwholesome baggage of history ...

    READMORE
  • Last week, the duplicitous Uncle Sam showed his true colours in Syria yet again. Taking cover of the truce agreement with Russia, the US coalition jets attacked a Syrian Army post killing more than 60 soldiers. In ten coordinated minutes, the post was run over by the coalition’s proxy ...

    READMORE
  • The Nawaz government’s recent claim that it has finally said good bye to the IMF was too good to be true. Has the ruling party fulfilled its manifesto promise of breaking the begging bowl? With nothing to suggest a change in its debt-driven economic policies, there had to be a catch ...

    READMORE