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Grey, grey Lahore – Asad Rahim Khan

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WHAT wonderful weather we’re having, what fresh air. Or so it would seem, to listen to Punjab’s environment minister. “In all of Punjab, there...

Cartel dreams – Asad Rahim Khan

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OUR story starts in the spring of ’68, in the 10th year of our field marshal Ayub, when economist Mahbub-ul-Haq made a speech in...

Cut and run – Asad Rahim Khan

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IT’S not easy being Joe Biden. He dozes off in press conferences. He’s been wrong about everything since segregation. He owes his presidency to a...

Approach the bench – Asad Rahim Khan

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THERE was, some time ago, an archbishop who said, ‘I cannot say that I know much about the law, having been far more interested...

In Rumsfeld’s ruins – Asad Rahim Khan

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IN the last days of June, Donald Henry Rumsfeld passed away in his sleep, surrounded by family in Taos, the vacation town he loved....

On parliament – Asad Rahim Khan

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WHEN signing off on this country’s sacred document, Zulfi Bhutto said, ‘No Constitution is ever workable without the patience, the tolerance, the search...

Imperial losers – Asad Rahim Khan

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AS everyone knows, late 2001, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, was a different time: it’s hard to forget Newsweek proudly running ‘Time...

Banning Mr Rizvi – Asad Rahim Khan

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THIS past week, Islamabad took the bit between the teeth — an expression favoured by the late, great Cowasjee in these pages — and...

Afraid of Americans – Asad Rahim Khan

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The United States is in trouble. Two weeks ago, at the Capitol Building, senators discussed an objection to Biden’s Electoral College win as a...

Women in France – Asad Rahim Khan

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PUBLIC hanging. Chemical castration. Ibratnaak executions. It’s an unlikely few phrases for making us feel better, but they’re said all the same. They also miss...