How to deal with the liberal fascists: A Guide

We have done it folks. We have finally found the root of all evil in the world, nay, the Universe, and in particular Pakistan. Not only that, we also totally agree on what this mother-of-all-problems afflicting our homeland is: liberal fascists. Yes folks, liberal fascists are responsible for our social, economic, moral, ethical, civilizational, agricultural, […]

Putting PIA back on track

Once upon a time, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), the nation’s flag carrier was among the world’s premier carriers. The green flag was painted on every plane as a symbol of statehood. With the highest levels of safety standards, service quality and punctuality, it was really a ‘Great people to fly with’ airline. Originally founded as […]

The Chabahar troika

The India-Iran-Afghanistan troika will compete with CPEC

Pakistan Railways: The giant meant to serve the masses

The railways are the cheapest means of transportation for covering long distances. It is so mesmerizing that poems about trains have been included in nursery rhymes and stories have been based on train journeys. Trains stand in as a metaphor for life and expeditions. But now the world of railways seems to have become a […]

BK Jani: the best halal joint in NYC

Living abroad if any Pakistani is doing extraordinarily well, regardless of their field, they attract the attention of others also settled abroad who relate to and identify with Pakistan. All the usual questions are asked. Who? What? Where? Why? How? I’ll share my recent experience of visiting a small Pakistani (Lahori) barbecue spot in New […]

The Imrandan: Political Pawns from a Container

For the past three and a half years, an overwhelming number of my peers condescendingly criticised the Pakistani working class for voting in their interest against an authoritarian, disrespectful, know-all, holier-than-thou, cricketer-turned political deity. To them, the choice was clear between a corrupt political elite who loots the public coffers and a political outsider who […]

Back to square one

In April 2014, I had posited that a durable and lasting settlement had been reached between the de-facto constitutional players in Pakistan – that is, the parliament, military, judiciary and media – based on the principles of democracy, federalism, accountability and rule of law.    To the surprise of many – including the so-called “establishment”, […]

Erdogan puts Pak Turk Schools on the chopping block

Farewells are always a sad affair. As concerned parents our hearts were filled with trepidation as we entered the school premises. Gloom and grief prevailed over the packed auditorium as parents, students and faculty members were heartbroken like never before. For 21 years these selfless teachers from Turkey and their families nurtured young students with […]

Broken dils

As we all know, 2016 has not been an easy year for us. This year has taken away an adherent of the Sufi tradition, a legend and an Islamic scholar. Amjad Sabri long mesmerized everyone by his powerhouse vocals. He came from a legacy of great Qawwals. He made qawwali appealing to those who gravitated […]

India’s NSG quest and isolation

By Ahsan Ali Zahid and Hasan Ehtisham India wants to be recognized as a de jure nuclear state by entering into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and applied for its membership in May 2016. After two special sessions to include India, NSG member states are already facing the unforeseen disarrangements in international customs designed for non-proliferation. […]

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