Noted Pakistani humorist Ibn-e-Insha once wrote about his encounter with a Pakistani troubled by his countrymen’s overwhelming ethnic and sub-nationalist sensitivities. Read more

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Dr Mammohan Singh’s third national press conference in the six years that he has been at the helm would be remembered for the questions that weren’t posed than for the ones the PM actually fielded. The exercise lasting 80 minutes yielded reaffirmations and clarifications— but no newsbreaks. Read more

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I’m no supporter of capital punishment. But honestly speaking, I haven’t, regardless of my reservations against the dictum of an eye for an eye, been able to bring myself around to pleading lesser punishment for Ajmal Kasab. Read more

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Are Americans losing patience with Pakistan? Looks like. But how far can they go to discipline a slippery ally in fighting terrorism that announced its arrival in Times Square the other day? Read more

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The Indo-Pak thaw in the Bhutanese capital of Thimpu has been attributed to India’s willingness to deal with a newly empowered Pakistani Prime Minister under a reworked Constitution. Asif Ali Zardari has transferred his presidential powers to Yousaf Raza Gilani under a reforms package backed by an unprecedented political/parliamentary consensus. Read more

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