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Visible regression | Dr Naazir Mahmood

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The PTI government assumed power in 2018 with unbounded optimism and fierce ambition. Ultimately it is proving to be the most regressive...

Fearless feminists | Dr Naazir Mahmood

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They did not have any soft spot for dictatorial attitudes; neither did they brook any incorrectness of behaviour or language that turbocharged masculinity. They...

What are we up to? | Dr Naazir Mahmood

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For over 40 years we have been concerned about Afghanistan in one way or the other. In the 1980s, the Pakistani state supported the...

Pakistan: here and now | Dr Naazir Mahmood

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Essay writing as a genre has not evolved in Pakistan. If you try to count the number of essay writers that Pakistan has produced...

Soviet memories (Part – V) | Dr Naazir Mahmood

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In early 1988, when I was back in Moscow from Odessa, Ukraine, Mir Ghaus Bakhsh Bizenjo visited the Soviet capital. Ajmal Khattak was already...

Soviet memories (Part- III ) | Dr Naazir Mahmood

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After Gorbachev assumed power in the Soviet Union in March 1985, it took him nearly a year to consolidate his position and by early...

Soviet memories (Part – II) – Dr Naazir Mahmood

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The writer holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham, UK and works in Islamabad. When I landed in Moscow as a student in 1984,...

Soviet memories (Part – I) – Dr Naazir Mahmood

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With the Taliban reentering Kabul triumphantly and the American forces evacuating their embassy staff, political observers have been recalling the withdrawal of Soviet forces...

Dr Naazir Mahmood – Dr Naazir Mahmood

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It looks like a story from a trashy airport thriller – US troops arriving in Afghanistan to help American diplomatic staff and others leave....

The Taliban onslaught – Dr Naazir Mahmood

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The Taliban have proved to be a formidable foe to the Kabul government. They have excelled at ambushes, perfected their targeted attacks, and mastered...