Too early for euphoria by Shamshad Ahmad

2 June, 2010
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Wednesday, June 02, 2010 Shamshad Ahmad President Barack Obama’s “National Security Strategy” signals a break from the Bush doctrine of pre-emptive use of force, the rationale for his war on terror. In the 52-page document, Obama lays out a new grand strategy, based on a fresh doctrine of “security through peace, not war.” It is […]

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Israel’s ‘overkill’ by Zeenia Satti

2 June, 2010
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Wednesday, June 02, 2010 Zeenia Satti The Israeli naval massacre at the Gaza Freedom Flotilla is an act of “overkill,” a calculated strategic manoeuvre in a volatile environment. It has sparked outrage in the Muslim world. The US, and regional incumbents who are allied with Washington in its battles, will find themselves at the receiving […]

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The tide of bigotry by Zafar Hilaly

1 June, 2010
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Tuesday, June 01, 2010 Zafar Hilaly It took the Punjab Police a full two hours and 45 minutes after the first “1-5″ emergency call went out for the police to reach the scene of the attacks on the Ahmedi prayer centres. It’s not as if the buildings were on another planet. From where the Lahore […]

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Formulating the budget by Mir Jamilur Rahman

1 June, 2010
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Tuesday, June 01, 2010 Mir Jamilur Rahman What kind of a budget a country like Pakistan – which is under heavy foreign and domestic debt – could produce? According to estimates, every Pakistani citizen, regardless of his age, owes Rs60000 to the creditors. Whenever there is a change of government, we listen to promises of […]

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Achieving economic stability by Dr Ashfaque H Khan

4 May, 2010
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Tuesday, May 04, 2010 Dr Ashfaque H Khan Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh is the fourth person appointed by the present government in two years to look after the ministry of finance. Finance is the only portfolio which witnessed changes in faces in quick succession which speaks volume about the importance given to the economy by […]

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S Waziristan as I saw it by Ayaz Wazir

3 May, 2010
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Monday, May 03, 2010 Ayaz Wazir Believing that the government was now making genuine efforts to improve things in Waziristan, I was always hard put to believe visitors returning from Waziristan who told me horrifying tales of the problems they faced travelling on the Wana-Gomal-Tank road. But seeing is believing, and I experienced the same […]

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Pricking thumbs by Chris Cork

3 May, 2010
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Monday, May 03, 2010 Chris Cork As is so often the case, Shakespeare has the words for it. He has the Second Witch say them in Act IV scene 1 of Macbeth. ‘By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.’ The something wicked was Macbeth himself. Transpose the Scottish Play to modern […]

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Over the top by Masood Hasan

2 May, 2010
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The alien corn Sunday, May 02, 2010 Masood Hasan Over the last so many years every time things have taken a turn for the worse in the beloved motherland, many of us have contemplated moving. Many do but even more stay on and refuse to go. Some of these do so by choice, some because […]

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May Day under the PPP by Farooq Sulehria

1 May, 2010
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Saturday, May 01, 2010 Farooq Sulehria Workers in Pakistan face great challenges as they greet May Day today, even as a party born of mass struggle is in power for the fourth time. May Day had been declared a public holiday by the first PPP government in 1972 when it introduced working-class reforms. The other […]

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What prevents it? by Roedad Khan

1 May, 2010
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Saturday, May 01, 2010 Roedad Khan The assassination of Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister of Pakistan, shocked and saddened the people of Pakistan and of the world. The chain of events beginning with BB’s decision to return to Pakistan to participate in the election campaign, the unsuccessful attempt to kill her in Karachi, and […]

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