Saturday July 13, 2024
Mir Adnan Aziz

  • July 01, 2024

    Our would-be kings

    Monarchs thought two things defined their thrones and imposed them zealously: declaring laws and waging war

  • June 16, 2024

    Instability breeds disasters

    Children sit in a shopping cart near a collapsed building following an earthquake in Hatay, Turkey, February 7, 2023. — Reuters Environmental...

  • June 03, 2024

    The mighty pen

    By taking risks to criticize repressive governments or powerful, journalists, poets and writers work towards freedom of oppressed

  • May 24, 2024

    Politics of blame game

    Success of a nation depends on leaders who make public policy and thus determine critical outcomes

  • April 29, 2024

    Daanish: then and now

    Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has laid the foundation of a Daanish school in Islamabad’s Kuri Village

  • April 04, 2024

    Interfering in education

    Aitchison College building can be seen. — Aitchison College Website/FileSound educational institutions remain a proven predictor of a nation’s...

  • March 26, 2024

    Deja vu

    The rehabilitation of a nation after state capture is as complex as it is cumbersome

  • February 20, 2024

    People’s verdict

    The book also recounts how Tweed courted immigrants and turned the New York Supreme Court into a “naturalization mill”

  • December 13, 2023

    Careless children

    Greek philosopher Plato opined that the wealthy fostered a lack of restraint and refrained from conforming to legal and moral standards.Nearly two...

  • November 17, 2023


    Michael Dobbs wrote "House of Cards" almost 30 years ago after an argument with then prime minister Margaret Thatcher, for whom he had been chief of...

  • October 17, 2023

    An unending tragedy

    A plume of smoke rises in the sky of Gaza City during an Israeli airstrike on October 9, 2023. — AFPPalestine was never an empty piece of real...

  • October 08, 2023

    India’s carte blanche

    The Arthashastra, Chanakya’s 4BCE Sanskrit exposition, is a book on statecraft that introduced an empire-running module expounding upon...

  • September 20, 2023

    The Hobbesian mindset

    One of the most influential political philosophers John Locke pioneered the ideas of natural law, social contract and religious toleration in the...

  • September 04, 2023

    Mr PM, I disagree

    Mr Prime Minister, a student delegation from Harvard University sat down with you on August 26. We were graced with the prime ministerial part of...

  • August 15, 2023

    What to the slave?

    Slavery has persisted through the ages. It is a heart-wrenching saga for the inhumanity and tragedy it entails.Aristotle and Plato are considered...

  • July 27, 2023

    The ever vulnerable

    Natural phenomena have since forever challenged and threatened humankind. In doing so, they have served as imperatives to create means and measures...

  • July 11, 2023

    The quest for immortality

    The quest for immortality has been as timeless as it has been fruitless. First recorded over 4000 years ago on the Babylonian Tablets, it narrates...

  • June 19, 2023

    Bodyguard of lies

    “In wartime”, Churchill famously told Stalin at Tehran in 1943, “truth is so precious that she must always be attended by a bodyguard of...

  • June 03, 2023

    Turkiye through the ages

    History remembers Emperor Constantine as one who legalized and made Christianity integral to the Roman Empire. He is also credited with laying the...

  • May 20, 2023

    The new dominion

    Our ruling dispensations have reduced an abundantly endowed Pakistan to a pauper state. With a mere $4 billion in our kitty, we have a mammoth...

  • May 01, 2023

    The Modi phenomenon

    It was Nato’s provocative endeavour of extending itself to Russia’s doorstep that thrust Ukraine into a devastating war. Now India – along...

  • April 10, 2023

    Altar of apathy

    Dr Aftab Ahmad from Kanganpur was a self-made person. Doing odd jobs, he earned his MEd from Allama Iqbal Open University, MPhil from Government...

  • March 19, 2023

    The Saudi-Iran accord

    The disintegration of the Soviet Union left the Middle East bereft of any alternatives to US leadership. Washington, a prisoner of American...

  • January 02, 2023

    Our disastrous year

    “After the spring of investigations comes the darkness of vendettas. We diagnosed an illness but they treated us instead of the sickness. If you...

  • December 20, 2022

    India: a rogue state

    A rogue state is defined as one that is repressive within and aggressive towards its neighbours. It supports and sponsors terrorism, has WMDs and is...

  • November 29, 2022

    Unity in diversity

    Every four years, the football world cup brings the world together. The euphoric bond transcends religious, ideological, political and time...

  • November 18, 2022

    An infernal island

    The Guantanamo Bay detention centre remains a sordid emblem of torture, indefinite incarceration and gross human right violations. The Presidential...

  • October 26, 2022

    The affluenza contagion

    Rule of law is a cornerstone of democracy. It is also a foolproof safeguard against selective justice or certain groups and individuals meting out...

  • September 16, 2022

    The king’s burden

    The 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II culminated with her transition at her beloved abode, the Balmoral Castle in the Scottish Highlands. Queen...

  • June 04, 2022

    Upending the power elite

    The year 46 BC consisted of 445 days; it was the longest one in history. Such anomalies were a common feature in the Roman calendar.The greatest...

  • April 28, 2022

    Modi’s road to genocide

    Genocides are preceded by incitement and indoctrination through widely disseminated hate propaganda. Theologian and philosopher Abraham Heschel...

  • April 02, 2022

    Governing the governors

    On July 6, 1808 King Joseph of Spain unveiled a constitution. It allowed peasants to retain their harvests, an independent judiciary and abolition...

  • March 24, 2022

    The non-white’s burden

    “Your new-caught, sullen peoples, half devil and half child, take up the white man’s burden”. These lines are from a Rudyard Kipling poem...

  • March 16, 2022

    Peace of the grave

    On June 10, 1963, President Kennedy made a commencement address at the American University in Washington. US intelligence reports had Nikita...

  • February 13, 2022

    Islamophobia: an industry

    It was on a beautiful July afternoon that Norway bore the agony of its worst tragedy since World War II. A man planted a bomb in an Oslo building...

  • January 29, 2022

    Modi’s dystopia

    Fiction, it is said, is a figment of imagination. However, if decades or centuries later, characters and events from a work of fiction attain...

  • January 03, 2022

    Lords of gluttony

    In 1946, Giulio Andreotti started his political career as a 27-year-old junior minister. Over a career spanning seven decades, he went on to become...

  • December 19, 2021

    Sanctions of mass destruction

    In a recent interview Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi sought the West’s “mercy and compassion” to help millions of Afghans....

  • December 10, 2021

    Vile infamy

    Of all the imperatives that forge a nation, nothing could be a more potent recipe for its degeneration and disintegration than one in which human...

  • November 22, 2021

    Modi’s India

    Over the years, India has orchestrated a mystical image for itself. It has shrouded itself in the smoke and mirror illusion of a secular, tolerant...

  • November 09, 2021

    An ageless mirage

    During his twilight years, Mark Twain agonised that “life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of 80 and gradually...

  • October 30, 2021

    Two amendments

    The US constitution’s 18th Amendment, aka Prohibition, banned the manufacture, sale and transportation of alcoholic beverages. President Hoover...

  • October 06, 2021

    Profiteers of war

    As the competing European colonizers became dependent on tobacco revenue, Napoleon III is known to have quipped, “This vice brings in one hundred...

  • September 04, 2021

    Geelani sahib: in memoriam

    The passing away of Syed Ali Shah Geelani marks the culmination of a life dedicated to the people and cause of Occupied Kashmir.Geelani sahib’s...

  • September 01, 2021

    Wars and heroes

    Ezra Pound was one of the most influential poets of the 20th century. His work focused on the insanity of wars. He theorized that wars were...

  • August 17, 2021

    Afghanistan realities

    India, UNSC president for the month of August, laid bare its malice and frustration by rejecting Pakistan’s request for participation in a meeting...

  • July 12, 2021

    Networks of impunity

    It would be absolutely naive to think that Pakistan’s retention on the FATF’s grey list had anything to do with our laxity in enforcing its...

  • June 18, 2021

    Value of life

    Thomas Hobbes, author of ‘Leviathan’, was a 17th century political philosopher. His case rested on how miserable life could be in the absence of...

  • June 06, 2021

    The ignoble twins

    Palestine, the famed land of prophets and one of the holiest sites for 1.3 billion of humanity. Kashmir, Amir Khusro’s paradise on earth; known as...