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Should military men be tried in civilian courts?

Everything I did, all my actions, all of the problems I had, I dedicate to God and to Chile because I kept Chile from becoming communist,’ dictator Augusto Pinochet once said. God and Chile thought otherwise, and though the general … Continue reading

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Can a state-sector service provider discontinue services to specific areas?

In another reality, Abid Sher Ali, the minister of state for water and power is a role model. He is an angry young man with a lot of drive and, as his Twitter feed demonstrates, little restraint — an outlier … Continue reading

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Who will the judge judges?

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Fancy Latin for “Who will guard the guards themselves?” The Romans were onto something when they thought up the question, so much so that 20 centuries later, there is still no easy answer. And half the … Continue reading

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Is the Council of Islamic Ideology at all important?

It is not easy being on the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) these days. Everyone’s favourite advisory body is getting mauled by the press as breathtakingly backwards, a crew of cavemen that would find the Bronze Age too sophisticated. And … Continue reading

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Why is the media giving the Taliban excessive coverage?

The media’s relationship with the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) may well be as unhealthy as Pakistan’s reluctant partnership with the United States. And like any stronger power bearing down on a weaker, disunited one, this month the TTP turned on the … Continue reading

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Is the Nato blockade helping or hurting Pakistan?

It all erupted in early November, when Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan vowed to block North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) supply routes to Afghanistan in a bid to end US drone strikes in the country. Prompted by the drone … Continue reading

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Why did the missing persons march receive scant media attention?

It was an image that ought to have stilled hearts nationwide: A small group of individuals making the 756-kilometre journey from the press club in Quetta to the press club in Karachi on foot over 26 days, holding placards and … Continue reading

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Are we asking the right questions about drones?

According to The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ), a London-based not-for-profit research organisation that has been tracking drone strikes in Pakistan for the past two years, there have been approximately 376 strikes on Pakistani territory since 2004, of which 325 … Continue reading

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