Government’s path of mediocrity

For decades, Pakistan has been facing self-created crises one after another – the latest being the petrol crisis. One major reason for the repeated crises has been the ‘curse of mediocrity’. The British philosopher John Stuart Mill made the following observation: “The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant . . . → Read More: Government’s path of mediocrity

Living in fear – A crumbling society

Most stories, real or fictional, carry an antagonist and a protagonist. What sets the whole thing apart is the definition of who is who, something that varies depending on the person you speak to. Salman Taseer’s murder is a prime example of this very phenomenon.

When news of Taseer’s murder was flashed across national TV . . . → Read More: Living in fear – A crumbling society

Pakistan’s civilian leadership falls on its face

(By I.A. Rehman) THE federal government has been diligently trying for several weeks to convince the people that the central issue facing Pakistan is poor governance, but without offering any hope of redemption.

The petrol crisis led to the government’s indictment for somnolence, its incapacity to speak with one voice and its lack of expertise . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s civilian leadership falls on its face

India fires the corrupt missile maker

Three major complaints against Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) chief Avinash Chander, including two anonymous ones, were pending before the Prime Minister’s Office in November 2014, when he was given a contract of 16 months on his retirement. It is reliably learnt that investigations into the complaints went against him and thus he was . . . → Read More: India fires the corrupt missile maker

ARY CEO and Mubashir Lucman indicted for contempt of court

The Supreme Court indicted on Monday the chief executive and the anchorperson of a private television network on contempt charges in a case related to the airing of a scandalous and defamatory programme against the judiciary.

Both CEO Salman Iqbal and anchorperson Mubashir Lucman of ARY pleaded not guilty and denied the charges when they . . . → Read More: ARY CEO and Mubashir Lucman indicted for contempt of court

China’s action against senior diplomat

Zhang Kunsheng under investigation for ‘violating discipline’ as President Xi Jinping continues anti-graft campaign

A senior Chinese diplomat has been sacked and is under investigation for suspected corruption – the first time a person of such rank has been subjected to the president’s sweeping campaign against graft.

Zhang Kunsheng was no longer an assistant foreign . . . → Read More: China’s action against senior diplomat

A nation that refuses to learn from its mistakes

ISLAMABAD: General Raheel Sharif ordered Imran Khan to end the Dharna.General Raheel Sharif ordered the politicians to sit together. General Raheel Sharif ordered Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to negotiate with Imran Khan for a political resolution. General Raheel Sharif wants the Constitution amended for the military courts to be established.

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Government’s urgency to pay TCC for Reko Diq

The Nawaz Sharif government is in an unnecessary haste to settle and pay millions, possibly billions, of dollars as compensation for the Reko Diq gold and copper mines to a discredited and ousted Canadian-Chilean mining consortium, a decision if made may resemble the infamous circular debt payment of Rs500 billion in the early days of . . . → Read More: Government’s urgency to pay TCC for Reko Diq

US Secretary Defence failed Pentagon

By “An E-Ring Veteran”

Best Defense guest columnist

Spontaneous cheers could be heard in many Pentagon offices as the surprise news of Hagel’s resignation spread. Although Hagel’s predecessors, Robert Gates and Leon Panetta, were hugely popular, few Pentagon wonks developed warm feelings for Hagel. Drawing on conversations from a mix of senior executives and mid-level . . . → Read More: US Secretary Defence failed Pentagon

Is a NATO member providing supplies to ISIS

By Tony Cartalucci

Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) published a video report of immense implications – possibly the first national broadcaster in the West to admit that the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS) is supplied not by “black market oil” or “hostage ransoms” but billions of dollars worth of supplies carried into Syria across NATO . . . → Read More: Is a NATO member providing supplies to ISIS