Durdana Najam

  • Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif should have realised that he has reached a dead end. Instead, he is convening meetings after meetings with his close allies and with his cabinet to send out a message that the end is beyond him. Who is bolstering him to stay on and who is egging on him to refuse to read ...

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  • Burhan Wani’s death has lent a new lease of life to the struggle for independence in Kashmir. He is alive not only in a religious sense, because a martyr does not die according to the Muslim faith, but also symbolically. It seems he knew that he was treading a dangerous road that could ...

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  • No one is sure if those gathered to get the spilled over oil from the overturned tanker at Ahmad Pur Sharqia were stealing or just a bunch of greedy people grabbing at anything that could earn them a few rupees. Then there is a story making round on social media talking about Karma. It goes that a ...

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  • Pakistan won thd International Cricket Championship against India by 181 runs—-considerably a huge margin. Indian’s were obviously hurt and more so because they felt their team had not given their best. However, there was joy and jubilation over Pakistan’s triumph in Indian-held ...

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  • It is almost confirmed that there is no let up to the anarchy in Afghanistan. One war leads to the other. The US-installed government of Hamid Karzai failed to normalise the situation. The so-called elections that brought Ashraf Ghani into power failed to give Afghanistan its share of peace. The ...

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  • It is a sore that will never probably heal. We have become so used to it that whenever there is a lull moment, some restlessness sets in, and we do things that break the silence and refreshes the wound. The notification on Dawn Leaks investigation from the Prime Minister (PM) House and the rebuttal ...

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  • A general aversion is found among the civilians about military’s stronghold on the country. Generals are considered incapable of understanding democracy, considered trained to see things only in black and white, eluding the interpretation of the grey area where the actual meat is ...

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  • The nation is still shocked following the attack on the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. It is reported to be the worst terrorist attacks in two years. Last year we had suffered severe blows at the hand of terrorists – such as the Lahore Gulshan Iqbal Park carnage, the Quetta Civil Hospital ...

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  • Both the US and the Afghan government had considered Mullah Mansour’s death in Pakistan, in a drone attack, a great success.  Mullah Mansour, the Taliban Ameer, was considered a spanner in the peace process initiated by the Quadrilateral Coordination Group – comprising Afghanistan, ...

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  • The civil-military relation is one topic that would never cease to exist in Pakistan. Perceptually, this reality seems to have entrenched in the minds of the people of this country. In one of the recent meetings of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with his so-called favorite journalists, one ...

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  • For those who have been joining ISIS, and we know many have done so from nearly every part of the world, the driving force is nothing but the lack of leadership in the Islamic world.   Ambiguity shrouds much of what has been said about the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Right-leaning ...

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  • The media is awash with praise for the decision of the Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif to retire in time, come November. If not for Pakistan, it would not have been news. In fact, in any other democracy, the COAS’s tenure does not matter unless he becomes controversial. The military ...

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