Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Indus treaty interrupted


BY: SHAMILA MAHMOOD LAST week, the World Bank temporarily halted the process for appointment of chairman of a court of arbitration requested by Pakistan and a neutral expert requested by India to allow the two sides to resolve issues concerning the Kishenganga and Ratle hydroelectric projects in an amicable manner. It briefly explained that the action had been taken to ... Read More »

Bilawal Bhutto active politics


By: Atiya Naureen Bilawal Bhutto has returned to active politics in Pakistan. However, the PPP co-chairman has begun to sound more and more like PTI chairman Imran Khan. Addressing the closing ceremony of the celebration of the PPP’s Foundation Day in Lahore, Bilawal promised that the Sharif brothers would either be in jail or in Saudi Arabia in 2018. Replicating ... Read More »

PIA plane devastating tragedy


BY: Zubaria Rehman It will take a long time for the tragedy to sink in. There were no survivors from the 47 people who were on-board PK-661, which crashed on the way from Chitral to Islamabad. The aircraft crashed in a mountainous area and was already on fire before it hit the ground. The first thought when confronted with a ... Read More »

Acrimony at the heart of Asia


ZAHID  HUSSAIN SADLY, a forum established to encourage security, political and economic cooperation between Afghanistan and the surrounding nations turned into yet another event of Pakistan-bashing. What happened at the Heart of Asia ministerial meeting at Amritsar recently raises questions about Pakistan being represented at such a high official level, even at multilateral conferences. It is conduct unbecoming, when the ... Read More »

Of civil and military relations


By: ZAHID HUSSAIN AS the baton has now passed to Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, there is no shortage of free advice consisting of dos’ and don’ts for the new army chief. While some exhort him to follow in the footsteps of his hyperactive and populist predecessor, others offer a word of caution for him to avoid the pitfalls and demand ... Read More »

The general’s legacy


ZAHID HUSSAIN “A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.”   — Shannon L. Alder WEEKS after taking over the army command, General Raheel Sharif told a visitor that he would like to leave behind a powerful legacy. He has surely fulfilled his promise. A professional soldier to the core, he is ... Read More »

Back from the brink?

Police use tear gas and batons to disperse supporters of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, headed by cricketer turned politician Imran Khan, en route to Islamabad at Hazro, Pakistan, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. Pakistani police launched a nation-wide crackdown overnight, arresting at least 1,500 supporters of Khan ahead of an opposition rally planned later this week in Islamabad, officials said Monday. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

ZAHID HUSSAIN ALL focus has now shifted to a five-member bench of the Supreme Court to break the impasse over the Panama scandal. It is, indeed, a serious challenge for the country’s apex court to deal with. The issue has generated a political maelstrom threatening to sweep away the current system of politics. After resisting earlier, Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer ... Read More »

Sharif under siege


BY:ZAHID HUSSAIN MATTERS are getting increasingly ominous for Nawaz Sharif, although he may still be in a state of denial. It is not just about Imran Khan’s threatened lockdown of the capital; it is his increasingly tense relations with the military that must be his main worry. It is a much more serious situation than what Sharif faced during the ... Read More »

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