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F S Aijazuddin

Trump a bull in a China shop as America’s power begins to wane

In Afghanistan, Trump would dearly like to withdraw before his re-election next year, preferably without any more body bags and without loss of face.

17 Aug 2019 12:49 AM

WC Final or Wimbledon? A cruel test of fans’ loyalty

One could watch either the ICC Cricket World Cup final or the Gentlemen’s Singles Final at Wimbledon.

19 Jul 2019 12:03 AM

Phoenix-like rose Afghans to challenge top cricket nations

The Russians spent over nine years in Afghanistan, and quit after learning the costly lesson that Muscovite might is not always right.

12 Jul 2019 12:18 AM

If Trump starts a global war, is the world ready for the fallout?

Iran knows the US better than Trump knows Iran.

06 Jul 2019 12:00 AM

In Britain, PMs come and go, but the Queen offers stability

She has spent the past three-and-a-half years finding out, and lost her job as a result.

14 Jun 2019 12:57 AM


The Accidental PM is really a cautionary tale

Sanjaya Baru had served as Dr Singh’s media adviser for four years, from 2004 until 2008.

25 Jan 2019 12:00 AM

Leaders need a cautionary whisperer: It’s the press’ job

PM Imran Khan must be inundated already with advice proffered by his friends, his critics, his wives.

14 Dec 2018 12:05 AM

Is the world now headed for a second Nuremberg?

Humanists have criticised President Trump for not censuring the Saudi leadership for suspected complicity in Khashoggi’s elimination.

30 Nov 2018 12:34 AM

Imran Khan is on shaky ground with the Chinese

Few of our ministers of information have been as forthcoming as the late Altaf Gauhar, once the mouthpiece of President Ayub Khan.

16 Nov 2018 12:05 AM

Modernisation of China and what lessons it has for Pakistan

In a Xi’an market, a stall owner makes his money selling facsimile currency notes for use at schools.

05 Oct 2018 1:32 AM


A candid record in 33 chapters: Some surprising, many incendiary

Dulat and Durrani closed off their book in March this year.

01 Jun 2018 1:06 AM

Aurangzeb: 400 yrs on, relook at a ‘cruel bigot’

Aurangzeb was one of 14 children Shah Jahan sired from his beloved Mumtaz Mahal.

09 Mar 2018 5:10 AM

Of Jinnah & Imran: 2 love stories, just 100 yrs apart

Khan’s detractors are having a field day mocking his latest attempt to find a suitable spouse.

23 Feb 2018 1:47 AM

The US-Pak marriage of convenience is in exit mode

Perhaps Trump’s next tweet will not be about aid, but to Imran Khan, celebrating the triumph of hope over experience.

12 Jan 2018 12:14 AM

2017: A year of unusual predicaments

The Kushner/Netanyahu collaboration has begun with the acknowledgement of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

29 Dec 2017 1:24 AM


Why Nawaz shouldn’t really crave for 4th term

Nawaz Sharif’s political oscillations remind one of the person who had a nightmare that he was making a public speech, and awoke to find that he was.

09 Sep 2017 12:14 AM

Will Nawaz, the unburied lion, extract his revenge?

Imran Khan once boasted that he had been offered the prime minister-ship by Gen Musharraf.

11 Aug 2017 12:16 AM

Blood: The sixth river of Punjab

The river’s banks are murder and mayhem. Pakistan’s first PM Liaquat Ali Khan was assassinated in Rawalpindi in 1951.

28 Jul 2017 1:00 AM

Trump leaves a geopolitical gap; Russia & China filling it

China meanwhile is determined not to be distracted from its ambition to be the prime superpower by 2117.

02 Jun 2017 12:17 AM

‘Daymare’ of the Trump presidency

The sort of monochrome absolutism that Trump espouses was once the credo of another leader who too believed himself invincible.

10 Feb 2017 12:42 AM