M A Niazi

  • The tomb and the legacy

    The relief by Turkey of its guard of the tomb of Sulaiman Shah, and its shifting of the remains to another location inside Syria, was not only the first incursion by Turkey into Syria since its current civil war began, but also reflected the role of Turkey in the whole problem of the Caliphate to ...

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  • India’s PTI sans cricketer

    The resounding victory in the Delhi state elections of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) should not be seen as more than it is. The AAP has won in only one of the seven union territories which, along with 29 provinces, make up the Indian Union. Also, the win should not be seen as indicating the demise of ...

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  • Play up and play the game!

    The expectations amongst the viewing public from the Pakistan cricket team seem decidedly low. This is not so much a result of a realistic evaluation of the prowess of the team, as of a deeper national malaise. It is almost as if a resilient and stubborn people are running out of steam, and are ...

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  • A passage to India

    It was perhaps going to be inevitable that Pakistan would be disappointed by US President Barack Obama’s visit to India, though strictly speaking, it should have expected it. The outburst by Pakistani officials afterwards was perhaps also inevitable, though it will probably not prevent it ...

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  • The sons of Abdul Aziz

    When Crown Prince Salman ascended the Saudi throne on Friday, after the death of his elder brother Abdullah, he broke a previous record by becoming the sixth of the sons of Abdul Aziz ibn Saud, the founder of the Kingdom, to ascend the throne. He did nothing new by naming younger brother Muqrin ...

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  • Attacking Charlie Hebdo

    The response by Charlie Hebdo to the attack on its offices, which led to the death of 12, has sparked off protests in the Muslim world, making it seem that the original offence for which the attacks are supposed have taken place, had been shelved, but the new depiction of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) ...

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  • Will courts make the kids safe?

    Even extended winter holidays came to an end, with the country’s schools still not completely safe, but with the military courts about to be notified. Though those courts represented the political consensus reflected in the passage of the 21st Amendment, they did not cause sufficient ...

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  • Shining a murky light

    That two Rangers were killed by the Indians when they went to attend a flag meeting on the other side, on the Line of Control, shows not just how matters are going out of control, but also how India is violating the most ancient principles of warfare, in which emissaries’ lives are respected. ...

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  • Courts at year-end

    2014 was not a peaceful year for Pakistan, with its end reflecting the violent times in which it, and other years, had passed. A fortnight before its end, the Peshawar massacre set in train a chain of events that made it inevitable that the turbulence of the past would continue in the future. The ...

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  • The grief doesn’t end

    The mass killing at Peshawar and the end of the PTI sit-in seemed to come together when PTI chief Imran Khan visited the Army Public School to condole with the survivors. The national outpouring of grief showed that the militants carrying out the massacre had done something that badly backfired. ...

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  • Ending it all

    It is wrong to accuse the Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI) of using the Peshawar school massacre to call off its four-month-old sit-in in Islamabad, but that is what happened. The massacre may well have been in the capital of the only PTI-ruled province, but because it took place in an Army Public ...

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  • Fears for Lahore after Faisalabad

    While the country was terrified by the death of a PTI worker in Faisalabad, it was relieved by the survival of all Karachites in the PTI shutdown there. Hopefully, there won’t be anyone killed in Lahore when the PTI gets here tomorrow. To do that, maybe the Punjab government should send Rana ...

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  • Faces of the coin

    Some would say that Junaid Jamshaid has got his comeuppance for turning religious; others would say that what he did was proof that he should not have meddled in religion. There are those who have said that if he can be forgiven his blasphemy by repentance, then why was this privilege not extended ...

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  • The meeting in Kathmandu

    The SAARC Summit showed once again how the entire region remains hostage to the relationship between its two largest members, India and Pakistan. The entire summit was in danger of being thought of as a failure if their Prime Ministers did not meet on its sidelines. That this is the case, while the ...

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  • Last man standing

    PTI chief Imran Khan’s announcement of a renewal of his sit-in on November 30 has caused tremors in the government, but has not caused the same degree of fear as last time, when the sit-in started on August 14. The last time, the government was under the threat of falling. By that measure, ...

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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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