Mukhtar Ahmed

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Social Media: The latest front of deep state’s national narrative management

Social media is coming under intense pressurization. First, government and judiciary began raising alarms over alleged problem of 'blasphemous content' on social media. Now...

China’s view of Pakistan, in their own words

Former Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Luo Zhaohui recently gave an address at United Service Institution of India. His official statement which is available on...

Are extremists are becoming mainstream, or the mainstream is becoming extremist?

The appearance of Ehsanullah Ehsan on TV will go down as one of the largest media blunders in history. That this was orchestrated by...

Kulbhushan Jadhav Sentence: Reading the Analysts

Husain Haqqani has written a 'must read' analysis of the Kulbhushan Jadhav affair. As usual, the former Ambassador makes many important observations, particularly about...

Arrest Militants Not Scholars

In January, several bloggers including Professor Salman Haider mysteriously disappeared. After initial outcry about the fate of the disappeared persons, soon they were facing...

Another suicide blast in Parachinar despite ‘strict security’

In January, a suicide blast tore through a vegetable market killing dozens and injuring nearly 100 innocents. COAS Gen Bajwa visited the site, and...

Want to know who is issuing visas? Follow the money…

The latest twist in the visa drama is once again shining lights into places that prefer to be in the shadows. First there was...

Sufi clerics victim of our paranoid conspiracy culture

The story is as predictable as it is embarrassing. Two Sufi clerics visiting Pakistan from across the border go missing. Indian media immediately jumps...

One month since Sehwan blast and already we have lost plot

Hundreds of innocents killed in a new wave of terrorist attacks, a new military operation announced, and within weeks we have already lost the...

Narratives and Counter Narratives: Who Are We Supposed To Believe?

President Mamnoon Hussain has joined the call for a counter narrative against extremism and terrorism. This statement puts the President on same footing as...

Khaki TV

Gen Musharraf who had tightened the noose on journalists at one time, is also often credited with granting the media the freedom that...

Prisoners of Our Own Narrative

Since the devastating string of terrorist attacks last week which ultimately bore the horror of Lal Shahbaz shrine suicide bombing, the national discussion has...

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Pakistan Must Allow Effective Local Governments

Devolution and decentralization are key to democracy and democratic governance in today’s day and age. In Pakistan, unfortunately, the state is reluctant to allow...

Army has started its catharsis. Will political parties do introspection too?

In his last public speech before retiring on November 29, outgoing army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa chose to speak about the legacy of...

Pakistan Gets New Boss as its Army Gets New Chief

It is said that most countries around the world have armies, while the Pakistan army has a country. In Pakistan, people may not care...

China Helping Pakistan in Baloch Genocide

The Pakistani state has long viewed any calls for ethnic or linguistic diversity as subversive and anti-national. This has meant that any demands by...
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