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Kangaroo Republic: From Bluster to Bended Knees

Farooq Ganderbali After months of bluff and bluster and chest-thumping protests to defend the nation’s ‘honour’, the Kangaroo Republic of Pakistan lies prostrate before the United States, the country it loves to damn after becoming a Chinese colony. The rhetoric of painting the US as evil has suddenly been replaced ...

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Where should Hazaras go

by Mohammed Hanif The writer is an author and journalist 2012 was a bad year for the Hazara community in southern Pakistan. The community had been devastated by a series of targeted killings and suicide attacks. Even their future protectors weren’t safe. Police cadets belonging to the Hazara community had ...

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What’s next for the House of Sharif?

THE UNMAKING OF NAWAZ SHARIF By: Zahid Hussain The irony is unmistakable: rewind to March 15, 2009 when Mian Nawaz Sharif defied house arrest orders to lead a rally to restore the then Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry. As his convoy moved through Lahore, thousands lined up on ...

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‘I am not a lota’

It can be a tough decision for any politician: either live your life uncomfortably in your own skin or be labelled a lota. The fear of being labelled this excrement cleaning device has kept Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan loyal for years. He has had to clean up after Nawaz Sharif’s mess ...

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The political culture of legal defiance

Malik Asad ISLAMABAD: Defiance of court orders is nothing new for high-profile figures across the political spectrum, and most of them have been declared proclaimed offenders for avoiding proceedings, in one case or another. The issuance of arrest warrants is nothing new for figures such as Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman ...

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ECP orders arrest of Imran

Mumtaz Alvi ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday issued non-bailable arrest warrant for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in a contempt of court case and asked for his production before the commission on October 26. The arrest warrant was issued following his repeated failures to ...

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Falcon Suing the Falconers

Poor Hafiz Saeed. His mentors are no more keen on keeping him in the protection list. The international community is now against all sort of terrorism. Saeed, a protégé of Pakistan Army and his terrorist group, Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) which works under various guises like Jamat-udDawa (JuD), operates freely from Lahore and ...

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Has Pakistan changed tack on the Haqqanis?

Kamran Yousaf ISLAMABAD: The Afghan Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network has been a major source of friction between Pakistan and the United States for years. Washington is far from convinced that Islamabad has abandoned its support to the insurgent group, despite Pakistan taking full control of North Waziristan Agency (NWA), which was once ...

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