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M A Niazi

M A Niazi

The writer is a veteran journalist and founding member as well as Executive Editor of TheNation.

On tenterhooks in Afghanistan

By: M A Niazi | July 18, 2014

That it took the US Secretary of State to broker a deal between the two candidates of the Afghanistan presidential run-off election shows a number of things its neighbours must be conscious of in ...

After the Ottomans

By: M A Niazi | July 11, 2014

The declaration by the Islamic State of Iraq and Shams (ISIS) of a caliphate, with its chief Ibrahim Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi as Caliph, shows, if nothing else, the gap left by the abolition of the ...

IDPs and the rest

By: M A Niazi | July 04, 2014

Operation Zarb-i-Azb was supposed to be the stroke of a magical wand, by which the military was to go into North Waziristan Agency and clear it of militants, including the Haqqani Network and other ...

The return of the Allama

By: M A Niazi | June 27, 2014

Pakistan Awami Tehrik chief Tahirul Qadri (whose impressive array of titles include ‘Professor’, ‘Dr’ and ‘Allama’) was to come back to Pakistan to lead a movement ...

At last, the operation

By: M A Niazi | June 20, 2014

The beginning of Operation ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ in the early hours of Monday morning seemed a response to a militant attack on Karachi Airport a week before the fact. The attack had two elements ...

An arrest and an attack

By: M A Niazi | June 13, 2014

That the arrest in London of MQM Chief Altaf Hussain was succeeded by an attack on Karachi’s airport, though not related, did highlight the kinds of violence that the city suffered from, which ...

Speeches in Parliament

By: M A Niazi | June 06, 2014

That the Nawaz government presented its fifth Budget the day after President Mamnoon Hussain addressed Parliament after it had completed its first year in place, was a sign of the consequences of the ...

The importance of symbols

By: M A Niazi | May 30, 2014

Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif went to New Delhi to attend the oath-taking of the new Indian incumbent Narendra Modi, in what has been a break from tradition. Modi’s subsequent meeting with ...

Prisoner of his compulsions

By: M A Niazi | May 23, 2014

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s win in the Indian elections has just concluded as predicted, and with it the elevation of Narendra Modi to the Prime Ministership. One of the questions that the ...

Rallying in Islamabad

By: M A Niazi | May 16, 2014

The rally by PTI chief Imran Khan, in which he received the support of PAT and the Jamaat Islami, was supposed to be about electoral reform, but was more an illustration of one of the basic problems ...

The pillars of state

By: M A Niazi | May 09, 2014

The speech by COAS Gen Raheel Sharif at GHQ on the Martyrs Day ceremony last Wednesday showed the country not only that he could make a good speech, but how closely his institution was bound into the ...

Two clear messages

By: M A Niazi | May 02, 2014

It seems that the UK is making its own position on Islam clear: it must be crushed. This emerges from the pronouncements last month across the political spectrum, by former PM Tony Blair, in a speech ...

Attack in Karachi

By: M A Niazi | April 25, 2014

The attack on TV talk show host Hamid Mir is, at root, about one man’s fight for life, but it also raises several questions that haunt journalists. While the individual case of Hamid Mir might ...

Exchange of fire

By: M A Niazi | April 18, 2014

The furore occasioned by the exchange of statements between COAS Gen Raheel Sharif and federal ministers Khwaja Asif and Khwaja Saad Rafiq is not so much over the fate of Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf, ...

Claiming responsibility

By: M A Niazi | April 14, 2014

It must be something of a record, but the Balochistan Liberation Army’s claim of responsibility for the blast in the Rawalpindi Sabzi Mandi was rejected by the Interior Ministry. Makes one ...

India votes

By: M A Niazi | April 11, 2014

India began on Monday what has turned into the biggest single electoral exercise in the world, and the result, which will come after 10 phases, in five weeks, will be completed on 12 May, when ...

Poll in Afghanistan

By: M A Niazi | April 04, 2014

The central event for the region has been the impending drawdown of occupation forces from Afghanistan by the end of this year. That has made the Afghan presidential election doubly important. Not ...

Talking up the talks

By: M A Niazi | March 28, 2014

Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif has had to weigh in to express the sentiment that current talks with the Tehrik Taliban Pakistan (TTP) will yield results. However, despite this optimism, the latest ...

Crimea votes, but not Kashmir

By: M A Niazi | March 21, 2014

While the referendum in Crimea has had the result expected, that of a vote for Russia, it does not really solve the issue that caused the referendum, which was whether Ukraine would be part of the ...

Crisis in Ukraine

By: M A Niazi | March 14, 2014

The referendum on Sunday in Crimea on whether or not to join Russia has become virtually a symbol of the whole Ukrainian crisis, by extension, of the East-West confrontation, and subsequently, of the ...

Making the nation secure

By: M A Niazi | March 07, 2014

The National Security Policy, presented with much fanfare on Thursday to the National Assembly by Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan, seems to have gained its first fruit in the shape of a TTP ...

The party is on

By: M A Niazi | March 03, 2014

When Jamshed Dasti speaks, everyone sits up and takes notice. So when he said that there were rare goings-on at the Parliament Lodges, complete with dance parties, the good stuff and the good-time ...

It takes two to tango

By: M A Niazi | February 28, 2014

By pounding militant positions with fighter jets, the Pakistani state showed that it could no longer engage in talks with the militants. The predictions that this is how the talks would end had come ...

The crisis of democracy

By: M A Niazi | February 21, 2014

Recent developments in Ukraine show that events in Egypt were not an isolated phenomenon. They also reject the idea that democracy does not suit Muslims, but indicate a kind of malaise with the ...

Talking about the Constitution

By: M A Niazi | February 14, 2014

The government’s talks with the Taliban were expected by all to come up against the Sharia, the Constitution and their places in the life of the country, but it is interesting to see that this ...

Talking the talk

By: M A Niazi | February 07, 2014

The government and the Taliban have both named negotiating committees in the last week, raising hopes that this will lead to an end to the violence that has afflicted the country for a long time. ...

Deciding to operate

By: M A Niazi | January 31, 2014

The spate of terrorist incidents have produced great pressure on the government of Pakistan to launch an operation against them, but while the attacks are horrendous, they should not be used to ...

Putting off polls again

By: M A Niazi | January 24, 2014

The local council elections are being put off further than it was supposed likely, with the federal government getting into the act by ordering the holding of a census that will precede the ...

The Butcher of Beirut passes

By: M A Niazi | January 17, 2014

The death of Ariel Sharon last week, after almost eight years on life support, once again reminded all of the creation of Israel, in the British Mandated Territory of Palestine, for though Sharon was ...

Affair of the heart

By: M A Niazi | January 10, 2014

The trial of Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf for high treason is not getting underway, especially after his failure to appear before the trial court has meant that the formal indictment, an essential ...

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