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Owen Bennett-Jones
Owen Bennett-Jones

  • May 31, 2017

    Briefs

    FJMU approves vacancies  By Our Correspondent LAHORE A meeting of Fatima Jinnah Medical University syndicate held under the chairmanship of...

  • February 02, 2016

    The editor’s job

    When Pakistani media outlets report on sectarian violence should they name the groups responsible for mounting a particular attack? Or should they...

  • January 19, 2016

    On blaming the West

     Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Ayman al-Zawahiri must wake up each morning looking forward to switching on the news. Virtually every day brings stories...

  • January 05, 2016

    Islamic State in 2016

    In his 24-minute end of year audio message Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi told his followers that the caliphate was doing well and that the Russian and US...

  • December 22, 2015

    Denials

    Louis Heren, a former deputy editor of the Times of London, wrote in his memoirs that he found it useful, when considering comments made by...

  • December 08, 2015

    Cases of law – and politics

    The investigation into the murder of Imran Farooq and the money-laundering investigation into the MQM have both taken a long time. For five years...

  • November 24, 2015

    Rule by fear

    Few doubt that there’s more to come. The attacks on Paris will be followed by others in different European cities. The Islamic State has made no...

  • November 10, 2015

    An interesting mailbag

    My last column for The News triggered a set of unusually thought-provoking responses which merit further discussion. The article argued that in the...

  • October 27, 2015

    Patriotism and the Pakistani

    When Akbar S Ahmed’s film ‘Jinnah’ was released back in 1998 the country’s cinemas soon filled up with Pakistanis curious about their answer...

  • October 13, 2015

    Atonement

    When British Prime Minister David Cameron went to Jamaica earlier this month he ran into a diplomatic and political problem. His host, Portia...

  • September 29, 2015

    Nawaz’s failed benchmarks

    Shortly after Nawaz Sharif’s election victory in 2013 some western and Pakistani journalists and policy analysts were sharing a meal in Islamabad...

  • September 15, 2015

    What October brings

    The crunch moment in the MQM cases is fast approaching. Now that the British police have questioned the main suspects in the Imran Farooq case,...

  • August 18, 2015

    Parenting terror

    With Britain exporting young jihadis to front lines all over the world, TV viewers in the UK have become used to seeing the parents of these young...

  • August 04, 2015

    Rich, privileged and in power

    With so many violent conflicts around the world, it sometimes seems that the differences between people are becoming ever wider and starker....

  • July 21, 2015

    The way we view the world

    Perceptions of international politics are hardwired. And by and large they are predictable. Much as we all like to think that we reach our own...

  • July 07, 2015

    Documents and priorities

    The battle of the documents is over - but still little understood. Two key documents relating to the MQM were leaked in the last couple of weeks....

  • June 23, 2015

    Religion and the state

    What role should Islam play in the state? There are various models on offer. At the far end of the spectrum is the view of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi....

  • June 11, 2015

    UK asylum policy change

    Two previously unreported asylum appeal cases in the UK shed new light on changing British attitudes. In both cases Pakistani asylum seekers, one a...

  • May 26, 2015

    The Bin Laden questions

    Four years after Bin Laden’s death even his bookshelf has the power to fascinate. And as the interest in Seymour Hersh’s latest London Review of...

  • May 12, 2015

    Vulnerable to fraud

    So, the British general election is over. David Cameron won a surprise overall majority, the pro-independence Scottish National Party took 56 of 59...

  • April 28, 2015

    The legal way to London

    As the recent arrest of Mohammed Anwar in relation to money laundering shows, there is little sign of the pressure on the MQM letting up. And money...

  • April 14, 2015

    New president, new policies

    Until a few months ago Obama seemed to be living proof of the claim that no matter who wins the White House, not much changes. But the cynics may...

  • March 31, 2015

    More control than destruction

    There are two questions about Pakistan authorities’ recent moves against the MQM. Why is it happening and how far will it go? There are a number...

  • March 17, 2015

    The bomb

    Countries possess nuclear weapons for all sort of different reasons. For the US, China and Russia the bomb is a military and technological...

  • March 03, 2015

    Ambush

    Last year I was lucky enough to visit the Shahur defile or tangi in South Waziristan. A few miles from Jandola, it is the perfect place for an...

  • February 17, 2015

    Local or global?

    The Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris and the attack in Copenhagen have intensified and sharpened the debate in Europe about the sources of violent...

  • February 03, 2015

    Targets

    Ever since the 9/11 attacks violent jihadists have displayed an almost stubborn inability to select targets that suit their purposes. Was the...

  • January 21, 2015

    A complex of cases

    There have been a number of reports in the Pakistan press in recent months that the UK authorities are about to drop the cases against Altaf...

  • January 06, 2015

    Predictions are not easy

    In December 2000 the CIA’s National Intelligence Council produced a document that predicted what the world might look like in 2015. It contained...