Analysis: Attackers punch hole in Islamabad security

Raza Rumi ISLAMABAD: Today’s suicide bombing at the Islamabad courts complex suggests that the capital and its sensitive installations are vulnerable. The premeditated murder…

New battle against old demons

Raza Rumi After 30 years of self-defeating policies, the new National Internal Security Policy may be the right way to make a fresh start…

Enhancing Pak-India Trade Ties

Raza Rumi Notwithstanding Pakistan’s internal challenges or the ‘war on terror’ in its backyard, the troubled relationship with India continues to drive its internal…

Toxic narratives

Raza Rumi Al Qaeda’s plan for the region will succeed if Islamabad does not take stock of the deep penetration of its ideology into…

Magnificent Delusions: The Ebb and Flow of Pak-US Relations

Raza Rumi Husain Haqqani’s new book Magnificent Delusions: Pakistan, the United States, and an Epic History of Misunderstanding comes at a critical juncture of Pakistan-US relations…

Strategic Blunders

Raza Rumi Recent events and statements by the civilian leadership indicate that there is a move towards undertaking a military operation in North Waziristan…

Shehr-i-Qatl ke log (People of this Murderous City) a poem

Reposting this 2007 poem: Alam kay iss jazeeray mein Jahan sab per ujar gaye Aur saari musafitan be-nishaan ho gayee Teri tasveer neechay gulab…

Enduring Threads

Raza Rumi Raza Rumi was fascinated by artist Aasim Akhtar’s unique curation of Pakistani textile heritage at the Rawalpindi NCA – Click here to…

Reviews on Delhi by Heart

Fiction writer Intizar Hussain (DAWN) “In his exuberance, Rumi started writing without planning beforehand, knowing not how his narrative will end. The narrative, however,…

On the Controversial US Drones’ Program in Pakistan

Raza Rumi Amnesty International’s recent publication, Will I be Next? US Drone Strikes in Pakistan has spurred a global debate on the use of…

Looking back at General Kayani’s Tenure

Raza Rumi General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani retired after leading Pakistan’s most powerful institution for six years. As a close confidante and successor of former…

Japanese Art in Lahore

A recent exhibition of Japanese paintings brought the restrained artistry of the orient to Lahore. Review by Raza Rumi A recently held exhibition at…

Murder in the capital

By Raza Rumi Nasiruddin Haqqani’s assassination is a significant move in a game of chess and nerves A photographer takes picture of the spot…

Book review: Poetic resistance to Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s murder

As a young student I obtained a tattered copy of ‘Khushboo ki Shahadat’ from an old bookstall in Lahore’s Urdu bazaar. This was the…

Kafka Country

Surprised by what is happening in the land of the pure? Raza Rumi says stop jumping, life is business as usual in the Islamic…

At the Abyss

By Raza Rumi The recent drone strike in Pakistan’s northwest has eliminated an enemy of the state and his close associates. Hakimullah Mehsud’s death…

The almost forgotten radical message of Iqbal

I am reposting this old blog on Iqbal Day: God, You created the night, I made the lamp You created the earth, I made…

The Real Meena Kumari

The soulfulness of India’s greatest tragedienne was born of an abiding love for reading and writing.  Raza Rumi reviews a biography of the alluring…

How the Future of South Asia Can Change!

By Raza Rumi Since Pakistan’s inception, its relationship with India has been mired by insecurity, hostility, suspicion and mistrust. Independence in 1947 was followed by…

Book Review: South Asia 2060: Envisioning Regional Futures

My review for The Friday Times South Asia 2060: Envisioning Regional Futures is a comprehensive volume of essays edited by Adil Najam and Moeed…
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