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Najm us Saqib

The writer is a former Ambassador of Pakistan and author of seven books in three languages. He can be reached at najmussaqib1960@msn.com

The ever-elusive truth

Keats equated truth with beauty. Buddha said that truth could not be long hidden. Einstein declared that whosoever did not take truth seriously in small matters, could not be trusted in big ones either. Lincoln felt that given the truth,…

Pakistan losing gravity

Never mind if the seats were regained or the opponents took the by-elections for granted or the supportive hidden hands of politics couldn’t succeed in re-employing the time-tested tools of rigging. Never mind if a fictional narrative…

Good bye Foreign Service

The Foreign Office must brace for an unprecedented storm. This time, not to argue Pakistan’s case at multilateral forums or bilaterally, but to survive as an organization. Previously known as the first line of defence, diplomacy has…

Eight intellectuals and an old man

In one of the upscale restaurants of the capital, some of the known national-fame intellectuals are found in the middle of a heated discussion. Two of them will soon be appearing on different TV channels to offer valuable analyses on…

First thing’s first

More than wriggling out of the FATF grey list or receiving a positive review of the GSP+ status, Pakistan needed the IMF’s understanding on running the economy. Clearly, the alarmingly depleting forex and sky-rocketing inflation are the…

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…

Agnipath it is

It was Abraham Lincoln who once tried to clarify one of the basic elements of human nature in relation to one’s desire to manipulate others. ‘You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you…

FATF and Pakistan

In the opening paragraph of its report issued on June 17, the FATF has told Russia in no uncertain terms that Moscow’s role and influence within the platform, being a member of FATF, has been ‘severely limited’ as a result of its invasion…

Stalemate

There is hardly anything ‘foreign’ about a country’s foreign policy. The internal political, economic and social indicators shape the course of action a country adopts to project and promote its national interest in the regional or…

Future of Pak-India elations

India’s action in August 2019 and stripping Jammu & Kashmir of the autonomy it had been guaranteed, was a kind of fait accompli practically forced simultaneously upon the Kashmiri people and Pakistan to accept. From the ‘doctrine of…

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