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Amir Mateen
Sunday, December 21, 2014
QUETTA: No matter what you say, the Balochistan problem boils down to one core issue: the illegal official kidnappings and the policy of ‘kill and dump.’ It is almost psychological—and why not. After all, you are talking about the ...
 
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Saturday, December 20, 2014
Amir Mateen
QUETTA: Narratives don’t change in Balochistan easily — even if everything changes around them. The narrative of blaming Islamabad for everything that is wrong with Balochistan is a case in point. One expected some mellowness ...
Friday, December 19, 2014
Amir Mateen
QUETTA: Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik’s social moorings are ideally suited to Balochistan’s current circumstances and political requirements. He is known to be soft-spoken and patient even with his worst political rivals. This is ...
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Amir Mateen
QUETTA: The scene outside the Balochistan Assembly exemplifies the unique reality of the crisis-torn province. Every thing around here is tense. Convoys of high-powered luxury vehicles (SUVs) with tinted glasses and bulletproof ...
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Amir Mateen
QUETTA: Dr Abdul Malik faces unique circumstances in Balochistan’s history, as he happens to be its chief minister at a time that many see as a make-or-break situation. He exudes an odd mix of hopes and fears. As the ruling ...
Saturday, December 06, 2014
Amir Mateen
Islamabad: The upshot of the final day of yet another National Assembly session was the concluding speech by PML (N) chief whip Sheikh Aftab over the Presidential address. Which speech, you might ask. Well, this colonial replica ...
Thursday, December 04, 2014
Amir Mateen
ISLAMABAD: In any other country the killing of more than 50 militants in air strikes spread over at least three tribal agencies should have warranted some elaboration by the government in Parliament. After all, the army operation ...
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Amir Mateen
ISLAMABAD: The PML-N seems to nurture a certain anathema towards parliament.Given a choice, none of its members would like to come to the assembly. Tuesday was yet another day when there were hardly enough members to carry on the ...
Tuesday, December 02, 2014
Amir Mateen
Islamabad: There was something deceptive about the placid mood at the National Assembly. Most members seemed busy chatting on the backbenches. Female members, mostly aunts, wives, daughters of PML (N) stalwarts, were seen reverting ...
Friday, November 28, 2014
Amir Mateen
KHATMANDU: The 18th Saarc Summit was saved from being declared as an utter failure by one small gesture—a handshake between Prime Ministers Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi. The entire hall stood up in standing ovation and the two, ...
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Amir Mateen
KATMANDU: Let’s face it: the regional cooperation envisioned in SAARC charter cannot materialise meaningfully without Pakistan and India resolving their major differences. This is reminded, once again, by the state of affairs here ...
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