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Engaging President Trump

It is notoriously difficult to engage the attention of President Trump regarding anything as complex as the regional problems associated with the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan. He likes to keep things simple, it is said. Thus it is that…

Sahiwal saga

A price of Rs20 million has been named by Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar for the loss of three family members killed in an alleged encounter at the hands of the Punjab Counter Terrorism Department in Sahiwal on January 19. Initial…

Drones – the problem has landed

It was only a matter of time. On Friday 18th January a drone was sighted in the proximity of a Sukkur-bound PIA ATR aircraft as it left Karachi airport. The pilot of the aircraft saw the drone clearly and close up, and it was also recorded…

The PM and parliament

Prime Minister Imran Khan has a distinctly ambivalent relationship with the institution of parliament, and an apparent pronounced aversion to attendance there in if his current record in government and his past record in opposition is…

Halted execution of Khizar Hayat

Amid the series of sentencing, stay orders, and execution orders since October 2001, we praise the sensible position taken to freeze the sentencing and investigate claims that the inmate suffers from mental illness.

PIA flight PK-661, the fatal errors

The Safety Investigation Board (SIB) that was tasked to investigate the crash of a PIA ATR42-500 (PK-661) on December 7th 2016 has delivered a single-page preliminary report. Brief though it is the preliminary findings are shocking and…

Not in front of the children

There is a fine line between appropriate regulatory activity on the part of a government body and outright censorship, and this comes sharply into focus when it comes to the moral policing of society, something that governments have tried…

Kasur – now the fallout

It is exceedingly rare for a report from any government department to grip the attention of the average reader and compel them to read from beginning to end.

The Pakistani passport

Successes for the Pakistani passport were minor in the 2019 ranking of Henley and Partners’ Passport Index. Data from the International Air Transport Association was used to rank passports from 104 countries, primarily based on the number…