Salman Masood

  • ISLAMABAD - Since it is an open season to quote the French novelists and playwrights, especially Honore de Balzac, one is tempted to follow the vogue. Apart from casting doubt on the origins of all great fortunes and wealth, Balzac had also remarked, “Conscience is our unerring judge until we ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - The air of anticipation hanging over the courtroom no.1 of the Supreme Court was so thick on Thursday that it could be cut with a knife. Opposition politicians and government ministers started arriving here right after 1 o’clock, looking for seats that offered the best view. The ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - The media juggernaut of former army chief Gen Raheel Sharif after launching of 2014 Operation Zarb-e-Azb left a powerful and lasting impact on the public imagination. The relative decline of terror attacks helped restore the military’s image after the impression that it had ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Sheikh Rashid Ahmed stood on the sprawling lawn of a house in an upscale Islamabad neighbourhood as two German Shepherd dogs played around. The politician from Rawalpindi has recently taken up this residence, secured with high boundary walls and guards. A bulletproof land cruiser was ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - The gathering of senior army officers of Rawalpindi Garrison sat alert in the General Headquarters auditorium and listened to their chief intently. It was the last week of December and Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, the army chief, had been into the top job just weeks earlier. The general ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Lt Gen Naveed Mukhtar has been appointed as the new chief to head the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate by Army Chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, the military said in a statement Sunday. The announcement was made as Gen Bajwa, who took over the command of the Pakistani ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ended months of speculation Saturday evening as he announced choosing Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa as the new army chief. Gen Bajwa, an infantryman, has a strict belief in civilian supremacy and has an enlightened, liberal outlook, according to those who know the ...

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  • Islamabad -  It’s not just the analysts who consider the new army chief something of a dark horse, General Qamar Javed Bajwa himself did not see him securing the top army slot, at least until a couple of months ago. Feroz Hassan Khan, a retired Pakistani brigadier, who was the Commanding ...

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  • Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will step down on Monday. Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan or Shahbaz Sharif will be elevated as the new Prime Minister as the Supreme Court investigates Panama Papers revelations. Meanwhile, new business and terror linkages have been unearthed of Mr. Sharif with the Indian Prime ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Politics is part-theater. It is about capturing the imagination of the electorate. On Friday, Sheikh Rashid played this part to perfection. While police barricaded all roads leading to the Lal Haveli, the political base of the wily politician from Rawalpindi, Sheikh Rashid used ...

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  • ISLAMABAD -  Imran Khan has finally thrown away all pretense of being a political leader who has any regard for democratic process or parliamentary institutions. In his latest press talk, Imran Khan acted with supreme nonchalance about the possibility of a military takeover due to his plan to ...

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  • Illustrations by saadia Gardezi - The federal government, which is itself alleged to be behind the leak, is promising to hold an inquiry to trace the source whose conversation with Dawn staffer, Cyril Almeida, has caused tremors in the country’s civil-military landscape. Official sources say ...

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  • Salman Masood - Illustrations by saadia Gardezi - The federal government, which is itself alleged to be behind the leak, is promising to hold an inquiry to trace the source whose conversation with Dawn staffer, Cyril Almeida, has caused tremors in the country’s civil-military ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Despite an international and national outcry from journalists’ groups and rights activists, the government on Thursday defended the move to bar prominent journalist Cyril Almeida from travelling abroad. It vowed to complete an inquiry about the source of a news story by Mr Almeida ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar, the director general of Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate, or ISI, the powerful spy agency, is likely to be replaced within the next few weeks, The Nation has learned through official sources. A security official, who is privy to the development, confirmed ...

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  • Mandhole, Azad Kashmir - Malik Rustam, 22, was asleep when the sound of gunfire woke up the whole family at around 4 am. Within minutes, everyone went for cover in a community bunker, as has been the practice routine for the residents here. The cross-border fire between the Pakistani and Indian ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - The problem when you become Imran Khan is that you just cannot stay Imran Khan. You want to be even bigger. Bigger than anything and everything. On Monday, Imran Khan tweeted a picture of himself, drenched in sweat, standing proudly with his two sons by his sides. Sunlight filtered ...

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  • Salman Masood - Caesar, the Roman emperor, was famously warned by a soothsayer about the ‘ides of March’, a phrase immortalised by Shakespeare. It might be instructive to reflect on what happened last month. Sometime in early March, Pakistani authorities arrest an Indian naval officer ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Mustafa Kamal’s announcement of forming a new political party, while ripping through the ways of Altaf Hussain, was yet another stab at carving out a new political entity from Muttahida Qaumi Movement. Earlier such attempts have faltered or petered out. This time, however, the ...

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  • President Mamnoon Hussain offered a scathing critique of the country’s news media Thursday and said that the news television talk shows are playing a negative role and spreading despondency amongst the youth of the nation. The president urged media to instil confidence and hope in the younger ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Despite a flurry of vitriolic statements by Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, Pakistani officials say they are still willing to work with the Afghan leader.“We want Ashraf Ghani to succeed,” a top Pakistani security official told The Nation in an exclusive interview ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - SALMAN MASOOD - A cross-border raid by Indian forces inside Myanmar and a subsequent remark by the Indian minister of state Rajyavardhan Rathore that the raid by special forces against militants inside Myanmar was a message to Pakistan has ostensibly raised the diplomatic temperature ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - It is astounding how easily a political government gets upended in Pakistan. Politicians, who have ruled for decades, appear as clueless as a layman to deal with the issues of governance and economy. Even a faint whiff of street agitation gets the rulers scrambling for cover. Panic sets ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - Islamabad is being barricaded again. The shipping containers have sprouted ubiquitously out of the roads and sidewalks. Imran Khan is once again promising a revolution like never before. The government is pretending to be sitting pretty, having managed to cling on, despite appearing to ...

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  • Let’s consider scenario number one.For five years, Nawaz Sharif waited patiently while Pakistan Peoples Party completed its tenure at the centre. After initial sniping and botched attempts to undo one another, both parties decided to live under a policy of “reconciliation” and ...

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