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Memogate: the quality of justice is not strained

Appeared in Daily Times on Monday March 26, 2012 as weekly BAAGHI After more than five months since a preposterous ‘memogate’ was disclosed, Pakistan’s media and honourable Supreme Court are still struggling to make headway in a conspicuously tilted case.

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Caviar to the General

Published in Daily Times as my weekly BAAGHI, on Monday March 19, 2012 “Tacitly registering his concern over the debate in the media on the role of the army and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General

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Of a curious ‘gate’ and the Supreme Court

Originally appeared in Daily Times on Monday March 12, 2012 as my weekly BAAGHI The Supreme Court of Pakistan, in an unprecedented move, has recently started hearing a long pending case, human rights petition no. HRC 19/1996, Air Marshal Asghar

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More Kicks than Half Pence

Published originally in Daily Times on Monday March 5, 2012 as my weekly BAAGHI On February 28, 2012, once again, we slept calmly for having proved ourselves to be good pious Muslims. We killed 19 Shia pilgrims returning from ziyarat

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The ‘anti-state’ Sarmachars of Balochistan

Appeared in Daily Times on Monday February 27, 2012 as my weekly column BAAGHI After US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s sudden attention to Balochistan, the Pakistani media went bonkers to protect the proverbial ‘sovereignty’ of our country — a cause championed

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Extremism: A Tool or a Problem?

Appeared as my weekly column BAAGHI on Monday, February 20, 2012 Last week one’s wisdom got brushed up further with the onset of two reports on extremism, terrorism and violence. One was the Jinnah Institute’s (JI’s) excellent report ‘Extremism Watch’,

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Let’s Talk Civil-Military, NOW!

This article appeared in Daily Times on Monday January 30, 2012 as my weekly column BAAGHI Atiqa Odho needs to change her name. Not only her name but also the prefix if she wants to avoid further humiliation that she

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Friends, Countrymen, Lend Me Your Ears!

This was originally published by Daily Times on Monday January 16, 2012 as my weekly column BAAGHI Benazir Bhutto once said about democratic governments in Pakistan that they might be in office but have never been in power. An unbridled army

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Memogate: The Bigger Picture

This appeared in Daily Times on Tuesday December 6, 2011 as my weekly column BAAGHI In an op-ed in a British paper, a man claims to have communicated a message from a diplomat to the American establishment. After an aggressive

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Let us tell NATO, "No More!"

This was originally written as my weekly column BAAGHI and appeared in Daily Times on Tuesday November 29, 2011 The anger in Islamabad is natural and understandable. The early morning attack on Pakistan’s two border security posts by NATO aircraft

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What Makes it "Memogate"?

This was written for Daily Times, appeared as my weekly Op-Ed BAAGHI on Monday November 21, 2011 By now we all know what Memogate is, and what memo we are referring to here. Without going into the details of what

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Confronting Popular Narrative about the Taliban — II

This appeared as my weekly column BAAGHI in Daily Times on Monday October 17, 2011. The first part of this article can be seen here. This blogpost corrects the two names erroneously misquoted in the printed version; One: it was

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