Monthly Archives: December 2010

Reconsidering the judicial revolution

The short version is that the judicial revolution was a good step forward for this country. In practical terms though, our legal system is defunct. And if the judiciary does not recognise limitations on its own powers, it will hurt … Continue reading

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North Waziristan is a bad idea

The Friday Times; Dec 24-30, 2010; Vol XXII, No. 45 Ejaz Haider The fact is that the US has been unable to secure Afghanistan; even its Ink Spot Strategy has been half-hearted and without much consequence A story in The … Continue reading

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The Reko Diq Fiasco

By Feisal Naqvi The interesting thing about the internet is that it is as great a force-multiplier for ignorance as for knowledge. Take, for example, the Reko Diq project. The average Pakistani newsreader is convinced that (a) the Federal Government … Continue reading

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On being a Shia

by Feisal Hussain Naqvi Being a Shia means different things to different people. In my case, being a Shia means that if I am as professionally successful as I hope to be, someone will want to kill me. Or, to … Continue reading

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Balochistan’s sectarian war

The Friday Times; December 17-23; Vol XXII; No. 44 Ejaz Haider Twenty minutes into reaching Quetta and en route to a meeting, the message came: “CM just survived a suicide attack.” Some start to a four-day visit to Balochistan, I … Continue reading

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The Ink Spot strategy

By Feisal H. Naqvi In military jargon, the Ink Spot strategy is an approach to fighting popular insurgencies, like the one in Afghanistan. The idea is that you start small with a particular town, secure it and build it up … Continue reading

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More of the same

The Friday Times; Dec 3-9, 2010 Ejaz Haider For better or worse, Pakistan seems to be now embarked on a strategy that, with minor adjustments, still draws heavily from the old paradigm Here’s the latest. We have told the United … Continue reading

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