Opinion: When, when, when?

by Dr. Shireen Mazari When will we, as a nation and a state, stop being the world’s favourite whipping boy and rediscover our dignity and self-respect? Of course, the people are simply being plummeted down the path of servitude, to the world at large, by our leaders, while the nation cries out ‘when will this end?’…

Opinion: Devoid of foreign policy cohesion

By Shireen Mazari Had the latest Modi statement on Pakistan not coincided with Sartaj Aziz’s attempted redemption-seeking press briefing with journalists, after the rather visible and destructive policy drift, one would have been able to blast Modi for what one could term his usual anti-Pakistan tirade. Sadly, though, Modi’s lament as to whom India should…

Opinion: A government paralysed

A highly personalised and autocratic mode of governing has allowed critical issues confronting the nation to either be neglected or decision-making shifted away from the civilian democratic dispensation. The plight of the farmers, ignored by the PML-N government, has led to street protests by this long-suffering community in Punjab, and a violent official response instead…

Opinion: An incomprehensible silence

While the national agenda has been overwhelmed with the Panama leaks, and rightly so given the enormity of the revelations relating to our PM’s family, some important developments impacting Pakistan’s security have gone unnoticed. Worse still, the government’s silence on these issues is a source of concern for those who know the far-reaching ramifications for…

Opinion: Shock after shock

Shock after shock By Dr. Shireen M Mazari It all began well last week with a senior RAW operative, Kulbhoshan Yadev, being nabbed in Balochistan and the Indian government admitting he was not only an Indian citizen but also an officer of the Indian navy. In fact, as he confessed, he was in charge of…

Opinion: Traversing a failed path

Post the Paris attacks, one has watched with trepidation western states continue down the path that began post-9/11 – of bombing ostensibly the enemy on an unprecedented scale. The massive bombing of Afghanistan post-9/11, including with depleted uranium bombs, and the invasion of Iraq neither resulted in ending global terrorism nor even in reducing it.…