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Rashed Rahman


BLM and us

ARTICLE: The killing of an Afro-American man, George Floyd, by police in Minneapolis, USA, has proved one of those...

Published Jul 07, 2020 02:54am

The American uprising

ARTICLE: Riots have rocked 48 cities by now in the US, from east to west, north to south, following the death of an...

Updated Jun 14, 2020 02:34am

Soviet role in WWII

Rising coronavirus infections forced Russia on May 9, 2020 to curtail its celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. Russia usually holds grand military parades to commemorate the event. This year's 75th anniversary was pl

Published May 12, 2020 12:06am

Lives versus livelihoods

The great dilemma for all governments in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic is how to balance lives versus livelihoods. This dilemma is particularly acute for countries such as Pakistan, where the absence of universal healthcare and a social security syst

Published May 05, 2020 12:06am

The coronavirus pandemic, clerics, and terrorism

The whole ongoing kerfuffle about how to combat the coronavirus pandemic is not unique to Pakistan. Even the developed world is groping its way through the fog of incomprehension, misconception and feeble, halting measures. In Pakistan, the Pakistan Tehre

Published Apr 28, 2020 12:54am

Healthcare, social security systems needed

With all its tragedies, unprecedented complexities and uncertainties, the coronavirus pandemic should focus minds on the inadequacies in our healthcare and social security systems that need rectification at the earliest. Consider.

Published Apr 21, 2020 03:03am

Origins and challenges of coronavirus pandemic

The current COVID-19 illness gripping the world is caused by the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, the second severe acute respiratory syndrome virus to emerge since 2002. As a result of its rapid spread, whole cities, regions, even countries are in lockdown, with

Published Mar 31, 2020 12:00am

Pakistan Day musings

Pakistan Day, March 23, 2020, passed this year in novel fashion. The coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of the traditional military parade on the day as well as the proliferation of symposia to reflect on the importance of the anniversary of the

Published Mar 24, 2020 12:00am

Losses, only losses

Three bits of news last week became the focus of a lot of attention in the media, social media and public exchange. First came the news of the arrest by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) of Mir Shakilur Rehman, owner and Editor-in-chief of the Jang

Published Mar 17, 2020 12:00am

Women on the march

Despite the threats and attempted intimidation by the retrogressive forces in politics and society, the Aurat (Women's) march was held on March 8, 2020 in many cities throughout Pakistan. Rallies were held in Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Peshawar,

Published Mar 10, 2020 12:00am

An expedient deal

The signing of the 'peace' deal between the US and the Taliban in Doha on February 29, 2020 has been touted by Pakistan as proof of its role as a peace maker and facilitator in ending the 19-year-old Afghan conflict. But even the quietly triumphant note i

Published Mar 03, 2020 12:00am

An ephemeral peace

The partial truce/ceasefire in Afghanistan that kicked in on February 22, 2020, if it holds, is expected to lead to the signing of a deal between the US and the Taliban on February 29, 2020 to allow the withdrawal of US forces from their longest foreign w

Published Feb 25, 2020 12:00am

Now censorship of social media

The insecurity and paranoia of the establishment increasingly on display is about to 'conquer' new heights (or lows, if you prefer). Having muzzled and gagged the mainstream media through financial strangulation (reduction of government advertising) and '

Published Feb 18, 2020 12:00am

Maulana's 'assurance'

Maulana Fazlur Rehman, chief of the Jamiat-i-Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), is a frustrated man. Two rounds of a sit-in in Islamabad and highly ambitious attempted blockage of highways throughout the country last year failed to find traction and had to be ab

Published Feb 11, 2020 12:00am

The price of defeat

US Special Envoy for Afghan Peace and Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad is once more treading the well worn path of a political settlement of the Afghan war that would allow a defeated US a face-saving exit while saving as much of the Afghan government of A

Published Feb 04, 2020 12:00am

Students' mobilization

An unprecedented in recent times countrywide mobilisation of students across the state-run and private elite institutions of higher education was witnessed on November 29, 2019. Some 60 cities and towns all over the country became the site of protest rall

Updated Dec 03, 2019 09:19am

War of words on CPEC

US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Alice Wells virtually put the cat amongst the pigeons in a speech at the Wilson Center in Washington on November 22, 2019 in which she cautioned and warned Pakistan about the pitfalls of the China Pakistan Ec

Published Nov 26, 2019 12:00am

Shooting oneself in the foot, repeatedly

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) government of Imran Khan has shown a rare talent for shooting itself in the foot again and again. The whole handling of the Nawaz Sharif health issue is the latest and perhaps most egregious example of this habit. Despi

Updated Nov 19, 2019 10:33am

A medley of concerns

Surveying the national and regional landscape yields a plethora of issues of concern with profound implications for the future. Let us take up the regional aspect first.

Updated Nov 12, 2019 10:22am