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The dependency syndrome

Speak to any recovering addict about how they battled and overcame substance addiction, you will hear the same story - Life events led to bad choices and then a low point, followed by conviction and commitment to changing their life because…

Whither India post-election?

As the dust settles, the counting complete and the electronic voting machines stored away until the next time (although two million of them are alleged to have ‘disappeared’ somewhere between the manufacturer and the Election Commission)…

Family, workplace, and social change

There is a recent report that a female member of the Balochistan provincial assembly was asked to leave after she brought her infant into the chamber. The report was quickly buried in the mainstream media but social media had something of a…

Bon voyage to Aasia Bibi

Reports that Aasia Bibi and her husband had left the country began to circulate on the morning of Wednesday 8th May. They were confirmed by the Pakistan government, her lawyer who has not always been reliable in these matters, the American…

The PTM – politics on fast-forwards

Politics everywhere by its very nature is constantly evolving. Stars rise and fall. Power ebbs and flows. Governments come and go – and from time to time there are new kids on the block. One such is the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) led by…

Sri Lanka – a catastrophe foretold

By the morning of 23rd April the death toll from the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka had risen to 310 with the injured counted at over 500. As the toll mounted the back story emerged, and it is one of catastrophic failure at every level…

Quetta after the bombing

On Friday 12th April a suicide bomber in Quetta’s Hazarganji fruit and vegetable market detonated himself, killing 19 including 8 members of the Hazara community and wounding 50 others. One of the dead was a security official on duty at the…

Chasing the Dragon

Addictions are complex, and money, like some drugs, can be very habit forming. It all starts with the high from the first fix, and all is right with the world until it wears off. So it is with borrowing and it is time for another visit to…

Yielding to the inevitable

The government has twisted and turned, ducked and dived, all in an attempt to avoid offering up the begging bowl to the IMF and all to no avail. The fair-weather friends have chipped in to be sure, and China and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia…

Whistleblower murder

Afzal Kohistani’s murder causes trembling for any conscious-minded soul. The whistleblower was shot dead on March 6 in Abbottabad by gunmen alleged to be linked to the 2012 Kohistan murders. The nation, and law-enforcement especially,…

Back from the brink

There can be no doubt that Pakistan and India over the space of 36 hours came very close to outright war. Each used airpower for the first time since 1971 to target the other and both managed to avoid killing or even seriously injuring…

The Indian attack

In the early hours of 26th February 2019 an Indian Air Force aircraft dropped a single piece of ordnance on Jaba Top, a sparsely populated area close to Balakot. Local people interviewed by the BBC confirmed that they heard multiple…

Talking or walking?

The National Security Committee that met in the PM office on Thursday 21st February had much to discuss. As ever with anything related to security in Pakistan, especially when it comes to organisations that at least on paper are proscribed…