(By MICHAEL KUGELMAN) After the Taliban’s shocking assault on a military-run school in Peshawar last week–the deadliest terrorist attack in Pakistan’s bloody history–the country’s leaders promised an aggressive response.
Islamabad has wasted little time delivering on this promise. Unfortunately, its muscular response invites the sort of attacks it is intended to forestall.
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(By Farhan Bokhari) Even if the Khan-Qadri duo are eventually pushed back, Nawaz Sharif’s image has suffered irreparable damage, the result of him having picked unnecessary fights with both the influential army and his political opponents In sharp contrast to the triumphant arrival of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad just over a year ago to . . . → Read More: The damage has been done, Sharifs have been exposed
(By Mehreen Zahra-Malik) Pakistan’s civilian government failed on Tuesday to persuade opposition leader Imran Khan to ditch plans to march on the capital in protest against alleged ballot rigging in last year’s general election.
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By Ayaz Amir
This government – more a family limited company with each passing day – now looks like a patient in a hospital ward, paralysed from the waist downwards. The few doctors around are wearing gloomy and mournful expressions.
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Pablo Picasso once said,
“Painting is a blind man’s profession. He paints not what he sees but what he feels; what he tells himself about what he has seen.”
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The abaya clad-women are perplexed for a moment when they stop by at a bookstall at the Ibne Qasim Park in Clifton on Sunday evening where Waseemuddin popularly known as Musharraf is appearing to publicise the bookshop that has put up the stall. He breaks into a broad smile as if he knows that they . . . → Read More: Living the double life
When the whole nation was geared up to brace military action against the Taliban, to the surprise of many, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the National Assembly announced that his government would give peace yet another chanceby holding talks with the notorious insurgents.
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Hasnat Khan, the heart surgeon who had a two-year affair with Diana, Princess of Wales, is caring for Pervez Musharraf.
The heart surgeon whom the late Princess of Wales called “Mr Wonderful” is being consulted over the health of former Pakistanimilitary ruler Pervez Musharraf, it has been revealed.
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Beleaguered former military ruler Pervez Musharraf is set to walk out of house arrest after Pakistan’s Supreme Court granted him bail in the Akbar Bugti murder case, his lawyers claimed Wednesday.
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