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  • Making its presence felt

    The Jamaat Islami’s first Ijtima-i-Aam under its new Amir, Sirajul Haq, opens in Lahore today, due to continue over the weekend, just a week after the Tablighi Jamaat ended its own ijtima in nearby Raiwind. The two reflect the Pakistani public’s wish for a return to Islam, but there are ...

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  • The Chinese puzzle

    Apart from the many MoUs signed, apparently Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif’s trip to China merely undid the damage caused by the PTI sit-in, which prevented the Chinese President from visiting Islamabad. Actually, it also played a part in the ongoing attempt by the US to ...

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  • Death in Lahore

    M. A. Niazi The militant attack at the Wahga border was widely and roundly condemned, with the emphasis on the immense loss of life. With 70 dead, the suicide attack was one of the most costly in Lahore, and certainly the worst in recent times. For a city that has been under constant threat, but ...

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  • Waiting for the other shoe

    Now that PAT chief Tahirul Qadri has called his sit-in off, the government, like the man who hears the lodger in the room above him drop one shoe and then the other before going to bed, has heard one shoe drop: he waits now, for the other shoe, i.e., PTI chief Imran Khan to make a similar ...

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  • A long-awaited political debut

    It was inevitable that PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari would assume the mantle of his murdered mother, but it was not inevitable that his entry into politics should have instigated the departure of the MQM from the Sindh government. However, his remarks must be seen within the context of the ...

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  • Conflict between nuclear neighbours

    The firing by India on the working boundary has killed several people, all on the Pakistani side, but it is worrisome for the whole world because it might escalate into another Indo-Pak war, which would be different now between two nuclear armed countries. While it is generally unpredictable when ...

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  • Coming back after Eid

    Though Eid ul Azha has passed, the political situation has not cleared up. The Inqilab and Azadi March sit-ins continue in Islamabad, and despite talks between the government and the marchers, there has been no agreement.Even though it has officially denied any involvement, it is still assumed that ...

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  • Bombs away!

    The launching of airstrikes by the coalition that the US assembled on ISIS in both Syria and Iraq indicates many things, but the immediate contrast it forms is with the reaction of those who have launched the attack, towards the Israeli attack on the Gaza Strip.It is interesting that Saudi Arabia ...

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  • Scotland the brave

    The referendum in Scotland resulted in a vote against independence, and the positive that is being brought out is that it was a peaceful and democratic way of dealing with matters. However, this view does not reflect two things. First, the crisis in nationalism. Second, the fact that the Union ...

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  • Ratcheting up the pressure

    One can almost hear the creaking of the machinery as the US and UK, backed both by NATO and a sizeable number of regional states, begin to move directly against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), or Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). ISIS has metamorphosed into the Islamic State, and has at its ...

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  • The centenary to begin them all

    Last weekend the centenary to mark the end of ‘The War to End All Wars’ occurred. The ‘centenary season’, as the world relives the horrors of a century ago, started with the reliving of the events that led to World War I taking place. Apart from the assassination of the ...

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  • Marching into controversy

    As the whole country watched on, the Army found itself dragged into a controversy which, if it was to be believed, was not of its own making, but which did reflect past history. Three events piled up to make the Army seem controversial, and which then obliged Inter-Services Public Relations to ...

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  • Marching through democracy

    It is to the credit of both Imran Khan and Dr Tahirul Qadri that their marches have lasted as long as they have, but it should be kept in mind that these marches represent a critique of democracy generally, and not solely as it is practiced in Pakistan. And all this without examining one of the ...

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  • Converging on Islamabad

    The focus of the entire nation was on Islamabad since Independence Day, where not one but two Long Marches were due to arrive, both from Lahore. Though the Long Marches were supposed to focus on electoral reform, both demanded the departure of the PML(N) government. The entire nation watched on, ...

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  • A twist on Independence Day

    Independence Day is an occasion for introspection. However, this Independence Day, has been converted into an occasion for action because two marginal political forces have challenged the government, formed by one of the two mainstream political parties, by their march on the capital of the ...

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  • The March on Islamabad

    Independence day is supposed to be an occasion for taking stock. However, Imran Khan and his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf are not only making the country focus on only one aspect of national performance, but are trying to perpetrate a crisis that will bring down the government.At a very basic level, ...

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  • Half a century

    Majid Nizami’s sheer longevity as Editor of Nawa-i-Waqt ensured that his death would cause a quake in Pakistani journalism. The figures speak for themselves: he was Editor since 1962, for over half a century. When he became Editor-in-chief of this newspaper in 1986, he had been Editor of ...

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  • Eyeless in Gaza

    The Israeli operation in Gaza has shown that the Muslim world is still unified by the Palestinian cause. It is worth noting that there is no trace of anti-colonialist rhetoric that prevailed when the Palestinian cause first arose, and now the call for solidarity has extended to not just common ...

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  • On tenterhooks in Afghanistan

    That it took the US Secretary of State to broker a deal between the two candidates of the Afghanistan presidential run-off election shows a number of things its neighbours must be conscious of in dealing with the successor to President Hamid Karzai. The episode also showed the fragility of the ...

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  • After the Ottomans

    The declaration by the Islamic State of Iraq and Shams (ISIS) of a caliphate, with its chief Ibrahim Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi as Caliph, shows, if nothing else, the gap left by the abolition of the Ottoman Caliphate amongst Muslims. It also shows the theological difficulties faced by any group or state ...

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  • IDPs and the rest

    Operation Zarb-i-Azb was supposed to be the stroke of a magical wand, by which the military was to go into North Waziristan Agency and clear it of militants, including the Haqqani Network and other non-Pakistanis, who were to be killed while their local backers were to surrender. Instead, the ...

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  • The return of the Allama

    Pakistan Awami Tehrik chief Tahirul Qadri (whose impressive array of titles include ‘Professor’, ‘Dr’ and ‘Allama’) was to come back to Pakistan to lead a movement for the purification of politics, but the week before his return, the killing of eleven of his ...

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  • At last, the operation

    The beginning of Operation ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ in the early hours of Monday morning seemed a response to a militant attack on Karachi Airport a week before the fact. The attack had two elements that were particularly disturbing for the armed forces: not only did it involve an attack on a major ...

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  • An arrest and an attack

    That the arrest in London of MQM Chief Altaf Hussain was succeeded by an attack on Karachi’s airport, though not related, did highlight the kinds of violence that the city suffered from, which make the whole city such a complicated one.Altaf’s arrest showed that that the MQM is no ...

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  • Speeches in Parliament

    That the Nawaz government presented its fifth Budget the day after President Mamnoon Hussain addressed Parliament after it had completed its first year in place, was a sign of the consequences of the last election, and of how the Nawaz government was forced to take on the burden of responsibility ...

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  • The importance of symbols

    Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif went to New Delhi to attend the oath-taking of the new Indian incumbent Narendra Modi, in what has been a break from tradition. Modi’s subsequent meeting with Nawaz also marked not only the fastest that an Indian Prime Minister has met with his Pakistani ...

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  • Prisoner of his compulsions

    The Bharatiya Janata Party’s win in the Indian elections has just concluded as predicted, and with it the elevation of Narendra Modi to the Prime Ministership. One of the questions that the election answered was that the BJP does not need its allies in the National Democratic Alliance to ...

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  • Rallying in Islamabad

    The rally by PTI chief Imran Khan, in which he received the support of PAT and the Jamaat Islami, was supposed to be about electoral reform, but was more an illustration of one of the basic problems with democracy: a potential ruler accepting results.It must also be noted that Imran also accused ...

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  • The pillars of state

    The speech by COAS Gen Raheel Sharif at GHQ on the Martyrs Day ceremony last Wednesday showed the country not only that he could make a good speech, but how closely his institution was bound into the various ties that make up the current constitutional dispensation. He demanded that those engaged ...

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  • Two clear messages

    It seems that the UK is making its own position on Islam clear: it must be crushed. This emerges from the pronouncements last month across the political spectrum, by former PM Tony Blair, in a speech to Bloomberg, and incumbent David Cameron in his Easter message. Blair belongs to the Labour Party, ...

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