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Negotiating with the TTP

It has been officially announced that talks with TTP are in progress and the Afghan Government is acting as a facilitator. An in-camera briefing has been arranged by the Intelligence Agencies for the Parliamentary Committee on Security, in…

BRICS at the crossroads

The 2022 BRICS Summit’s theme focused on high-quality partnerships to usher in a new era for global development. The leaders of China, Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa reiterated the need to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue in…

Accountability sans credibility

The making and unmaking of accountability laws is a matter of routine in our country. Yet, those who make and unmake these laws remain dissatisfied with them and their application, whether they are in power or in the opposition. Before…

Detached from reality

Though the January 6 congressional hearings may be important for historical record, detailing the facts behind the insurrection that attempted to violently overturn the 2020 election, it may also be an exercise in futility. First, we…

Iranian woman; A Pakistani perspective

Over the years, Iranian women have made significant achievements in education, health, and political mobilisation. Prior to the Revolution of 1979, some women-related reforms were introduced. One of the fundamentals was increasing the…

Inflation: Crime and response

Reading memoirs of our elders, I came to know that with the commencement of the First World War in 1914, the people of the subcontinent witnessed an unprecedented price hike: The price of daily edible items surged to twice the actual…

Culture of curiosity

There is no harm in asking questions. Indeed, it is the first step toward gaining knowledge. Children have a habit of asking questions and they demand a reply. They will keep questioning until they do not receive a satisfactory answer. Our…

I2U2, the West Asian QUAD

The contours of US’ grand strategic design for the world and in particular, the Asia Pacific, are now emerging unmistakably, (The Strategy of Alliances, by this scribe, The Nation, 30 October 2021). They reflect its compulsive obsession to…

The importance of reviews

Reportedly, the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) has filed a petition seeking a review of the SC opinion rendered on a reference by the President on the interpretation of Article 63-A of the constitution. The President filed the…

Resolving the Kashmir conflict

Jammu and Kashmir is situated in the heart of Asia, connecting South and Central Asia. It is the only state in the world that shares its border with three nuclear states; Pakistan, India, and China. Kashmir, termed a nuclear flash point,…

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