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Imtiaz Alam
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  • January 17, 2023

    Obituary: Comrade Latif Afridi

    Abdul Latif Afridi got killed for no fault of his in a tribal feud- such a kind of death a progressive and humane being least deserved.His fame was...

  • January 17, 2023

    Comrade Latif Afridi

    Abdul Latif Afridi got killed for no fault of his in a tribal feud- such a kind of death a progressive and humane being least deserved.His fame was...

  • March 17, 2022

    For a smooth transition

    The system installed in 2018 is now falling apart due to its inherent contradictions, with its embarrassed architects choosing to take refuge behind...

  • January 18, 2022

    From state security to human security

    IAs per claims, the National Security Policy has finally been formulated for the first time in 74 years – without, however, taking parliament...

  • June 16, 2021

    Economy and ‘feel-good’ gimmickry

    Within weeks of taking over the Ministry of Finance, Shaukat Tarin has remarkably created a ‘feel-good’ sense about an otherwise low-growth and...

  • April 13, 2021

    Obituary: IA Rehman’s praxis

    LAHORE: The man who showed the path for struggle for peoples’ rights and consistently enriched progressive ideals during worst of circumstances...

  • August 21, 2020

    Obituary: Hasil Bizenjo — the social democrat par excellence

    He fought for too long against his cancer without losing his unflinching faith in life and a system that he detested and continued to fight tooth...

  • December 03, 2019

    ZIM: ‘Last Man in’ is gone

    “I belong to a vanishing tribe and I think I will leave no successors”, wrote ZIM the last surviving editor of the bygone era. And how true was...

  • December 03, 2019

    ZIM: ‘Last Man in’ is gone

    "I belong to a vanishing tribe and I think I will leave no successors", wrote ZIM the last surviving editor of the bygone era. And how true was...

  • November 28, 2019

    Battle of rights and ideas

    “The materialist doctrine concerning the changing of circumstances and upbringing forgets that circumstances are changed by men and that educator...

  • October 25, 2019

    Two tactics of democracy

    So far, most parties in the All Parties Conference seem to be not standing firm on even the three political demands of its four-point charter, due...

  • October 17, 2019

    ‘Facilitation’ in a multipolar world

    Despite the Kashmir situation, which led to widespread outrage against the brutal repression of the Kashmiris by the Indian armed forces, and the...

  • October 10, 2019

    Maulana Fazlur Rehman’s politics

    Getting a public snub over using the religious card that everybody in Pakistan’s history has been so used to, Maulana Fazl is now focusing on...

  • October 02, 2019

    Beyond the rhetoric

    Both the prime ministers of Pakistan and India were received with great jubilation on their return home from their weeklong visits to the US and...

  • August 15, 2019

    Reversal of ‘accession’ and Islamabad’s options

    The Hindu nationalists have finally struck down whatever was left of the fig leaf of “Special Status” of Indian-held Kashmir while making it a...

  • August 01, 2019

    After the exit

    Yet another historic turn is about to take place in Afghanistan. The Afghan Taliban are set to declare their victory in 18 years of war as the US is...

  • July 26, 2019

    Ramifications of Trump’s U-turn

    Lamenting the US role as policeman in Afghanistan for 19 years, the US President desperately sought Pakistan’s help “to extricate ourselves”...

  • July 24, 2019

    The civil society’s concerns

    Responding to the enormity of crises faced by state and society, leading civil society activists and mainstream and left-oriented activists and...

  • June 26, 2019

    An unviable finance policy

    With the ongoing ‘accountability’, the Imran Khan government has also unleashed the tyranny of the IMF’s tougher conditions, breaking the back...

  • May 25, 2019

    Beyond Iftar politics

    Amid the rising cost of living and continuing turmoil in the financial market, the opposition seems to be fastening its seatbelts in anticipation of...

  • May 24, 2019

    Modi’s saffron tsunami puts India on a revivalist course

    News AnalysisPrime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing his victory rally, has boasted that “no party could dare talk of secularism” after its...

  • May 18, 2019

    The reversal of ‘change’

    There has been a stunning reversal of the promise of ‘change’ into a nightmare with the free fall of the rupee and the stock market. The regime...

  • May 11, 2019

    Politics of generational change

    Never before had we seen such an exceptional send off to prison by party enthusiasts than the way former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was sent this...

  • May 04, 2019

    Beyond the blacklisting

    At last, after much prolonged resistance, Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar is included in the international terrorist list after the Chinese...

  • April 28, 2019

    More olive branches

    Regardless of the opposition’s unjustified screaming over what they had tried to do and failed, Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke the truth about...

  • April 19, 2019

    Living on apologies and U-turns

    The transition from a populist crusader to a pragmatic mundane routine job ends up exposing the real face of a rightwing regime tuned to the...

  • April 12, 2019

    Ayub Khan’s authoritarian ‘development’ model

    To the embarrassment of the nation’s intelligence, we see that Prime Minister Imran Khan, Finance Minister Asad Umar and batteries of trolls on...

  • April 05, 2019

    Tsunami of stagflation

    It’s a bloody tsunami of stagflation – a lethal combination of hyperinflation and economic stagnation. The prospects of economic revival are...

  • March 25, 2019

    Tackling terrorism

    Bilawal Bhutto, otherwise seen as hawkish on India, seems to have attracted the accusation of subscribing to the ‘Indian narrative’ because of...

  • March 07, 2019

    Retreating from the brink

    And we are back from the brink after an unprecedented clash and counter-clash in the air and on the borders. After the decision to release a...

  • March 02, 2019

    Better sense prevailed

    After a round of saber-rattling, Prime Minister Imran Khan moved swiftly to preempt escalation by announcing the release of captured Indian pilot...

  • February 20, 2019

    A royal visit

    His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s royal visit showered immense benevolence on Pakistan as Iran and India flayed Islamabad over...

  • February 07, 2019

    The Seraiki province

    We now have an elaborate bureaucratic setup as ‘champions of change’ in Punjab, as provincial autonomy comes under increasing attack. The...

  • January 27, 2019

    A period of restraint

    Although there is prima facie ground for suo-motu intervention by the superior judiciary in the Sahiwal extrajudicial killing, Pakistan’s new...

  • January 17, 2019

    Ensuring Afghan peace

    Pakistan has intensified its pressure on the Taliban to talk to the Afghan government. There were also reports that a senior Afghan Taliban leader...

  • January 04, 2019

    Federalism and nation-building

    Federalism is again under attack with a persistent campaign against the 18th Amendment or via irresponsible talk about the imposition of...

  • December 28, 2018

    Time for a new leadership?

    Regardless of the merits of the cases against the leaders of the opposition or whether there is ‘selective accountability’ going on in the...

  • December 12, 2018

    Our missing rights

    Like ‘missing persons’, many human, civil, political and social rights too remain missing in our hybrid democracy. Despite the ratification of...

  • December 06, 2018

    A hundred days: worth a thousand words

    An official front page ad, bearing the solitary caption “We’ve been busy”, asked bewildered readers to “turn the page for Naya Pakistan”....

  • November 30, 2018

    Hybrid warfare in a time of hybridity

    It is obvious now how a newly rediscovered theory of hybrid and 4th generation warfare is helping evolve a hybrid democracy and media and civil...

  • November 16, 2018

    Human development and the populist regime

    The entire focus right now, and self-serving comparisons and polemical reviews, is on fiscal and balance of payments issues as people do not matter...

  • November 07, 2018

    Being friends with China

    Pakistan’s relationship with China is graduating from a purely military strategic phase to much broader geo-economic spheres

  • October 25, 2018

    An alternative agenda for the opposition?

    Various disparate sections of the wider opposition are weighing their options to launch an offensive against what they dub as a “selected prime...

  • October 18, 2018

    Economic meltdown

    The stock market again nosedived by 750 points and the rupee continued to shed its already depleting exchange value amid dwindling electoral support...

  • October 11, 2018

    High on rhetoric, low on promise

    Halfway through its honeymoon period, the Imran Khan government continues to flounder on its promises while compensating its incompetence with ever...

  • September 26, 2018

    Indo-Pak thaw: what went wrong?

    What has so abruptly reversed the Modi government’s consent to a meeting sans the resumption of the dialogue process between the Indian and...

  • September 21, 2018

    ‘Status quo’ further strengthened

    Finance Minister Asad Umar, in his first supplementary budget, reversed some of the rare progressive measures taken in the last PML-N budget, such...

  • September 12, 2018

    The scope and limits of ‘change’

    ‘Change’ is indeed here: Imran Khan is now the country’s prime minister, with a popular base and institutional support. There is no going back...

  • August 08, 2018

    A reversal of roles

    In a hung parliament, our hero Imran Khan is going to face a grand alliance of a formidable opposition. With a lead of almost four million votes...

  • July 25, 2018

    Knowing the unknown

    There is much mystery around today’s general elections, mostly due to known and unknown variants that may influence the outcome of what is being...