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Nasim Zehra
Nasim Zehra

  • July 29, 2023

    The ultimate sacrifice

    What is the significance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussain at Karbala almost 1400 years ago? What is the relevance in the present times of the...

  • May 25, 2023

    Neighbourhood issues

    Deep in trouble at home on the political and economic front while suffering new hits on the security question, Pakistan has managed to remain...

  • May 17, 2023

    Towards a consensus finally?

    It was no doubt a special Corps Commanders Conference – being held soon after the horrifying and unprecedented arson and vandalism acts across...

  • May 10, 2023

    Troubled Pakistan’s weighty messages

    In the last one week, while Pakistan has been steeped in political chaos and confronted with a continuing economic crisis, with an eye on regional...

  • November 26, 2022

    A successful conclusion

    Pakistan’s 23rd prime minister, Shehbaz Sharif, has appointed Pakistan’s 17th army chief, Lt-Gen Asim Munir. In Pakistan’s power politics,...

  • August 08, 2022

    The story of Karbala

    Childhood days during Ashura were spent intensely mourning the heart-wrenching devastation of the Prophet’s grandson and his family of...

  • June 29, 2022

    An unfortunate error

    All is not alright with the explanations given out by Islamabad and Beijing

  • April 03, 2022

    Live to fight another day

    New political history will be written today in Pakistan. Barring some miraculous developments, all is set to see the first-ever removal via a vote...

  • March 29, 2022

    Not without evidence

    The political climate in Pakistan is very stormy – a season of daily truths and untruths, fanciful facts and conspiracies. New political stories...

  • August 15, 2021

    Taliban back – almost

    Districts in Afghanistan and falling like ninepins. The Afghan Taliban has already taken control of 18 out of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces – and...

  • August 08, 2021

    Getting the math right

    What Pakistan does occasionally, it ought to do every time – when dealing with foreign policy matters, it must work out the ‘math’ of an...

  • July 30, 2021

    Pakistan’s viable Afghan policy

    It is no surprise that Pakistan's two top security officials are in the US to meet with their counterparts to discuss future cooperation in...

  • July 20, 2021

    Strange delays

    Chaotic incompetence no country can afford. Much less a country like our own which is confronted with multiple challenges within and from the...

  • July 16, 2021

    The Afghan challenge

    With US and Nato troops having all but departed from Afghanistan after 20 years of political and military failure, Afghanistan’s present situation...

  • July 08, 2021

    Kashmir: is sincere rhetoric enough?

    The writer is a senior journalist.Terrorism is again the top talk-trend. On July 5, the Prime Minister Imran Khan said there was no doubt of...

  • June 18, 2021

    Anatomy of the June 15 saga

    That Pakistan's politics is locked into a negative dynamic of anger, aggression and allegation is now amply evident. While contestation and...

  • June 13, 2021

    India’s settler colonialism

    Let there be no mistake. Pakistan is now confronted with the clear and present danger of India’s settler colonialism in the Kashmiri homeland....

  • May 21, 2021

    A storm in a teacup?

    Yet again, questions are raised of an early election and of the PTI’s uncertain future. While Prime Minister Imran Khan continues to face issues...

  • May 18, 2021

    Back on track

    Past the misplaced hype regarding what was imminently achievable through the Pakistan-India backchannel, important developments have taken place...

  • May 07, 2021

    An offer and a reckoning

    More recently, background briefings by Pakistani officials have confirmed that the Pakistan-India backchannel communication is ongoing – between...

  • April 16, 2021

    TLP and the business of state

    Clearly the past few days' developments on the streets in some parts of Pakistan in an unprecedented way demonstrated the ability of agitating...

  • April 08, 2021

    The PM on rape: the licence no one has

    This government’s rape law mirrors the government’s concern to battle the heinous crime of rape. However, the prime minister’s recent...

  • April 05, 2021

    Trade with India: The facts

    Indian and Pakistani national flags flutter as Indian Border Security Force personnel and Pakistani Rangers allow a Pakistani truck to cross over...

  • March 25, 2021

    Re-engaging India: the promise and the peril

    The writer is a senior journalist.The two-year break in Pakistan-India relations has come to an end. The two nuclear states have re-engaged with...

  • March 18, 2021

    Beyond Zardari’s clarion call

    The PDM’s ‘best hour’ is over. Asif Ali Zardari’s clarion call to Nawaz Sharif is loud and clear: return home to fight the political battle...

  • October 18, 2020

    After Gujranwala

    The expected did happen on Friday, October 16. People from the PML-N’s stronghold of Gujranwala and other areas along the GT Road belt responded...

  • May 04, 2017

    The unending turbulence

    A single tweet has yet again exposed the existing faultlines in Pakistan’s power structure. The developments that have followed suggest that...

  • February 01, 2017

    Can politics be re-humanised?

    Do politicians ever learn? Imagine the long line of near genocides that have taken place in the 20th century in the name of the ‘other’....

  • January 26, 2017

    The mighty unaccountable

    If there is one core problem writ large within our context it would be the exercise of unaccountable authority by Pakistan’s ruling elite....

  • January 18, 2017

    Missing bloggers and absent wisdom

    Several days past the disappearance of five bloggers – one of whom is said to be a polio patient – there is no confirmed news about...

  • January 12, 2017

    Fact and fiction

    The reports about Pakistan’s former army chief general Raheel Sharif joining the 39-member Saudi coalition were finally confirmed by...

  • January 04, 2017

    Pakistan and Asian ascendancy

    In an unusual development – and 37 years after the 1979 military invasion of Afghanistan – the Russian special envoy to Afghanistan...

  • December 28, 2016

    Pakistan’s future: questions for 2017

    As the new year is set to begin, here are a few of the many questions that we struggle with as we look towards Pakistan’s future at home: Is...

  • December 21, 2016

    What Nisar’s presser and black goats tell us

    What do Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s seminal report on the Quetta carnage, the interior minister’s ‘combative’ presser, the...

  • November 10, 2016

    Enter Trump

    News of Donald Trump’s victory prompted hundreds of boisterous young Americans to gather outside the White House. But they were there not to...

  • June 22, 2016

    Pak-Afghan relations after Torkham

    The crisis at the Torkham border, which tragically turned bloody, has now settled down. More importantly, a comprehensive, though little known,...

  • June 16, 2016

    Is it about Muslims?

    There can only be one reaction to the diabolical act of the Orlando killer – unqualified condemnation and sheer disgust. The Orlando killings...

  • June 08, 2016

    Army: default decision-maker?

    The news is that the prime minister, recuperating from his surgery, will not be back in the country for perhaps another month. May he recover soon....

  • June 01, 2016

    National security: disastrous policymaking

    Input will dictate output – almost always. So what is the input that is going into our national security and foreign policymaking that has...

  • May 25, 2016

    From unworkable reconciliation to deadly war

    The death of Mullah Mansour once again exposes the limits of control and influence that nations have over situations that were first messed up in...

  • May 18, 2016

    The opposition’s ‘brilliant’ strategy

    Were it not have been about the serious issue of corruption, we would have doubled up with laughter – as the prime minister’s men and...

  • May 04, 2016

    An imperfect solution

    Having called each other rats, sworn to rip apart stomachs to extract corruption money including loan write-offs, implied preference for selective...

  • April 27, 2016

    How to handle the Taliban

    So the Afghan president is signalling his lack of confidence in the much talked about Quadrilateral dialogue with Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and...

  • April 21, 2016

    A counter-productive response

    Both are here, and both must stay: the government and the PanamaLeaks issue. At this point, the exit of neither is going to help us uncover the...

  • April 13, 2016

    Panama Papers: the toll on Pakistan    

    The political storms created by the Panama Papers in Pakistan will unlikely settle down without forcing some change in the current political setup....

  • April 01, 2016

    Government under self-siege

    Collect enough people, march on to the capital, hurl vile abuses and horrendous threats, present your demands and threaten peoples’ lives, and...

  • March 23, 2016

    For cricket, with love

      Sometimes one must follow the heart. So despite being told it was pointless to go to Eden Gardens only to witness us lose to India, I set...

  • March 09, 2016

    Engineering a new MQM

    So what is the story behind the ‘sudden’ arrival in Karachi of two former MQM leaders who were very close to Altaf Hussain and were...