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Carnage and sitting ducks

Carnage and sitting ducks

Why bother with the knock to judicial reputation if NAB can be made to do the job and everything ends up back in the highest court anyway?

By: Cyril Almeida HORROR in Mastung, farce in Punjab — one numbing and grotesque, the other familiar political confrontation. But that’s where the week has left us, so that’s where we must go. Hyper-partisanship, fear, anger, dread, confusion — it’s all out there at the moment and it’s all mixed up. So let’s try and […]

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Coming home to jail: on the Repatriation of Prisoners Act, 2003

Coming home to jail: on the Repatriation of Prisoners Act, 2003

Why the Repatriation of Prisoners Act, 2003 will prove to be a win-win situation for India

By: Sana Das Two cases of repatriation of Indian nationals, the first being 52-year-old Ismail Samma of Gujarat, and the second, of a sick 21-year-old, Jetendaera Arjanwara of Madhya Pradesh, highlight the tribulations of being imprisoned in a foreign prison. While Ismail’s imprisonment in Karachi, Pakistan, came to light last January after being given up […]

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A Poll Outcome Foretold

A Poll Outcome Foretold

When a Pakistan PM falls foul of the deep state, the Opposition, senior bureaucrats and the judiciary get together against him.

By: Khaled Ahmed On Friday, June 6, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) predictably found the already dismissed prime minister Nawaz Sharif guilty and sentenced him to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment (RI), his daughter Maryam Nawaz to seven years of RI, and his son-in-law to one year of imprisonment. The NAB ruled that Nawaz Sharif […]

 Aijaz Zaka Syed

Can the south save India?

Can the south save India?

It has been raining like cats and dogs in Hyderabad in India since the return of the native. Yet, the heat coupled with humidity is never far away. It is back as soon as the rains take a break. After long years of being part of the endlessly monotonous and parched environment of an Arabian […]

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Mexicans Vote For The Left

Mexicans Vote For The Left

By: Qazi Naveed The campaign of 2018 Presidential election was the bloodiest we have seen in decades. It is because one thirty individuals have been killed in recent times during the campaigns. At the same time, it had been the largest election in Mexico’s history, with about 3,400 posts up for grabs. This time around, […]

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Why we will march to ‘Stop Trump’ on July 13

Why we will march to ‘Stop Trump’ on July 13

Do we want a world ruled by big business and racism? Or one where people are put ahead of profit and hate?

By: Nick Dearden This week, US President Donald Trump makes his long-anticipated visit to the UK. He will be met by hundreds of thousands of protesters taking action all over the UK in a “carnival of resistance” against his inhumane policies and his divisive, racist rhetoric. From drag artists to dancing chickens, from “handmaids” to […]

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Caught in a cleft stick: on Nitish Kumar’s move to rejoin the NDA

Caught in a cleft stick: on Nitish Kumar’s move to rejoin the NDA

Nitish Kumar’s move to rejoin the NDA could end up hurting him, as events in the past year show

By: Vidya Subrahmaniam As anticipated, Nitish Kumar has decided to continue his troubled alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), at least for now. The Bihar Chief Minister had no option but to lump it, and as a Hindi newspaper picturesquely put it, it was a case of “aage kuan, peeche khai?” (fall into the […]

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Deep state, deeper problems: Pakistan

Deep state, deeper problems: Pakistan

Pakistan has been ill-served with the ‘corruption is the only problem’ oversimplification, as elections beckon

By: Husain Haqqan Whatever their outcome, Pakistan’s general election scheduled for July 25 is unlikely to change four fundamental realities. First, Pakistan’s military-led establishment will continue to wield effective power, drawing strength from allegations of incompetence and corruption against civilian politicians. Second, civilian politicians will continue to justify their incompetence and corruption by invoking the […]

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An environment for peace

An environment for peace

By: Abdul Basit The tragedy of the Afghan war is that it has several villains but not many heroes. However, this June was different. The three-day Eid ceasefire that allowed the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and the Afghan Taliban to pray and celebrate Eidul Fitr together with the general public was unprecedented. Despite its […]

 Jawed Naqvi

Nehru, Vajpayee and Modi

Nehru, Vajpayee and Modi

There are several reasons for the Indian left to be critical of Nehru. But why does the Indian right hate him ever so intensely?

MAURICE Hallet served as home secretary to the British government in India and occupied the governor’s post in Bihar and the United Provinces as part of his assignments between 1932 and 1945. His hatred of the Congress party was startlingly similar to Prime Minister Modi’s today. During the Quit India Movement, Jawaharlal Nehru suspended for […]

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