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Letter of The Law

Letter of the law From the Newspaper | Mahir Ali LETTER-WRITING is a dying art in the 21st century, and Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s epistolary focus may earn him a commendation one day from some academy of letters, but last week’s judicial overreach is unlikely to go down in Pakistan’s history as a particularly salutary episode. … Continue reading

The CIA and Cultural Cold War Revisited

The CIA and the Cultural Cold War Revisited James Petras James Petras is the author of thirty-six books and several hundred refereed articles. His most recent book is The Left Strikes Back (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1998). Frances Stonor Saunders, Who Paid the Piper: The CIA and the Cultural Cold War (London: Granta Books), £20. … Continue reading

The Two Judgements : I.A. Rehman

The Two Judgements I.A.Rehman. ALL praises to the Almighty that the people of Pakistan have been blessed with two history-making judgments of the apex court and this within a matter of days. The more momentous of the two verdicts has ended the months-old agony of Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani by pushing him off the prime … Continue reading

Stone Walls Do Not a Prison Make : Dr.Rasheed Hasan Khan

STONE WALLS DO NOT A PRISON MAKE Dr. Rasheed Hasan Khan The term “contempt of court” has become a household word since the Prime Minister of Pakistan stood accused of contempt and faced a trial and conviction in the Supreme Court of Pakistan. But here we are speaking of a different time, when the term … Continue reading

Pipeline Politics

Peace in the Pipeline Getting gas via TAPI is not just a good business idea, it could herald peace in South Asia By Narendra Taneja AS THE US prepares to quit military operations in Afghanistan, other stakeholders in the country such as India are, unsurprisingly, an anxious lot. Western powers believe that measures like strengthening … Continue reading

The Bankruptcy of Idealist Political Discourse

The Bankruptcy of Idealist Political Discourse Dr.Rasheed Hassan Khan. You have seen little birds sitting on telephone wires. It is a very attractive sight to see a multitude of birds sitting in a row when the evening draws to a close. But everyone knows that the little birds are not aware that beneath their claws, … Continue reading

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Where do correct ideas come from? Chairman Mao Tse-Tung.

Pakistan Gets a Cuddle and a Hug

Pakistan Gets a Cuddle and a Hug By M K Bhadrakumar The back-to-back visits to Pakistan this week by China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and the Russian president’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, are rich in political symbolism and strategic content.   The consultations came at a time when Pakistan is reeling under pressure … Continue reading