Farzana Parveen and the death of the state

Farzana’s brutal murder represents all that is wrong with us. It has become a useless routine to condemn the most ghastly acts of violence…

Directionless: trapped in a vicious cycle

The image below is that of a painting by the amazing Pakistani artist Saira Wasim and it relates to the theme of my piece…

Challenges for the PML-N

In early June, the PML-N completed one year in office and presented its second budget before the Parliament. Both these events were overshadowed by…

Escaping death in the Land of the Pure

Finally, I countenanced what I had been dreading for quite some time. Journalists and media houses being under threat is a well-known story in…

Pakistani journalists under threat

For Express Tribune That a detailed Amnesty International report on threats to media in Pakistan is all doom and gloom about the safety of journalists is…

Moving ahead after the attack

It has been a month since I survived a lethal attack aimed to silence me forever. The support of my family, friends and colleagues…

The politics of Imran Khan and Dr Tahir ul Qadri

My latest column for Express Tribune published under the heading: “Imran Khan, Tahirul Qadri & a dharma” Pakistan’s electoral system is far from perfect.…

Pakistan is not afraid of Modi’s win

Finally, the verdict is out. The Indian electorate has given a clear message by electing Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) precisely in…

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…

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…

Saudi bailout & jihad as a foreign policy tool

Pakistan’s finance minister has proudly announced that a friendly country has deposited $1.5 billion in our reserves and more is likely to follow. The…

Policy paralysis haunts our security

By Raza Rumi Pakistan’s government has appointed a new committee to conduct ‘peace talks’ with the Taliban. The old committee, with journalists acting as…

Recognising the shift in Pakistan’s India policy

An Editorial for the Express Tribune The silver lining of the current Pakistan-India stand-off is that Pakistan Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif remains committed…

Rouhani’s win

Here is an Editorial for the Express Tribune   The victory of Iran’s moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani in the presidential election is good news on many…

Right to Information

Here is an editorial for the Express Tribune Pakistan’s Constitution since 2010 recognises the right to information as a fundamental right. Yet, the legislature…

Talking to the TTP

Latest for the Express Tribune: Despite the victory of a pro-peace coalition and its overtures to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), militancy…

India and the Af-Pak question

Latest for Express Tribune Recently, US Secretary of State John Kerry elaborated on the need for India to take on a proactive role in Afghanistan’s elections…

Zia’s unfinished business

My latest for Express Tribune The ghost of General Ziaul Haq and his drive to turn Pakistan into a theocracy continues to haunt us.…

Foreign policy directives

Here is another on-point editorial from ExTrib For those who thought that there would be monumental shifts in Pakistan’s foreign policy with the advent…

2012 review: Great expose of the unelected

The year 2012 will be remembered for a fragile democracy that continued to consolidate itself amid regional instability and belligerence of unelected institutions trying…