Category Archives: Insight

Analysis and commentary by Ejaz Haider on key Pakistani and global issues

Democracy at risk

Published in The Friday Times; Friday, 15 October 2010 at 13:21. Ejaz Haider The lawyers, once the vanguard of the movement for the restoration of the judges and independence of the judiciary, stand discredited today. They act like common hooligans … Continue reading

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Strong army, fragile state

[The article appeared in Pakistan Today, Fri, Oct 15, 2010] EJAZ HAIDER General-President Pervez Musharraf, now former on both counts, has set up a political party. If and when he comes to Pakistan to stake a claim on political space, … Continue reading

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Strategic and (then) real!

Ejaz Haider The Friday Times: July 30 – August 05, 2010 – Vol. XXII, No. 24 When do two countries, both wary of each other, call their dialogue “strategic”? When they know there’s nothing strategic about their relationship, perched as … Continue reading

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Cornered in Lahore

Ejaz Haider Posted online: Tuesday , Jan 19, 2010 at 0152 hrs http://www.indianexpress.com/news/cornered-in-lahore/569017/0 President Asif Ali Zardari arrived January 13 in Lahore on a week-long visit of Punjab. The Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, who had gone to Turkey, has … Continue reading

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A very long engagement

Ejaz Haider Posted online: Tue May 25 2010, 03:09 hrs  http://www.indianexpress.com/news/a-very-long-engagement/623208/0 The would-be Times Square bomber and US citizen Faisal Shahzad is said to have told his US interrogators that he went to North Waziristan and was trained by the … Continue reading

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In the beginning is the end

The Friday Times July 9-15, 2010 – Vol. XXII, No. 21 Ejaz Haider Regardless of the manner and phases of American troop withdrawal, the surge itself, ironically, denotes the end, though it will likely get bloodier before the bugler plays … Continue reading

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A battle with no fronts

Ejaz Haider Posted online: Fri Jul 09 2010, 04:10 hrs  http://www.indianexpress.com/news/a-battle-with-no-fronts/644229/0 Here’s what the relatively easy war looks like. Enemy lines are defined; there is a front and a rear; the enemy wears uniform. He is the “other”. You fight; … Continue reading

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