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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.

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 ...

‘Change’ of heart

By: M A Niazi | December 27, 2013

Imran Khan’s rally against inflation may well mark another stage in his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s settling down into another party, more concerned with more immediate issues than ...

Once and future kings

By: M A Niazi | December 20, 2013

The holding of local body elections in Balochistan have dampened, but not eliminated, the expectations that surround the local body elections in other provinces, and Sindh in particular. The result ...

Chief Justice goes home

By: M A Niazi | December 13, 2013

The Chief Justice of Pakistan, Mr Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, has retired, leaving behind an institution considerably changed from when he took office. The Chief Justice had not brought to ...

Changes all around

By: M A Niazi | December 06, 2013

The recent appointment of Lt Gen Raheel Sharif to the post of COAS is very important, certainly more important than appears in the Constitution, but must not be taken in isolation. This is perhaps ...

Trial for high treason

By: M A Niazi | November 29, 2013

The announcement of a trial of Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf for subversion of the Constitution by the Interior Minister has revived the old debate of whether there should be a trial, but apart from ...

Electing local councils

By: M A Niazi | November 22, 2013

Though what had once been considered an important principle has been breached, that of holding local body elections at the same time throughout the country, the whole country has not as yet agreed to ...

The politics of Ashura

By: M A Niazi | November 15, 2013

Ashura has multiple significances for Muslims. The first is probably that it has ensured that there will be no celebration of the Muslim New Year. That is appropriate, as the Muslim festivals are the ...

Drones over Waziristan

By: M A Niazi | November 08, 2013

The death in a drone strike of Tehrik Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Hakimullah Mehsud gave all sorts of lessons to everybody, though the main one was that the US still exercised a ...

The PM’s day out

By: M A Niazi | November 01, 2013

Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif has returned from his first visit to the USA to meet in his third term the US President, with precious little to show in terms of tangible agreements by the USA, but ...

Bungling at the ballot box

By: M A Niazi | October 25, 2013

The failure of NADRA to verify the thumbprints and ID cards of voters in Karachi should have provoked a storm of protest, but it did not, reflecting the likelihood that it was not just the electoral ...

The defence of the rupee

By: M A Niazi | October 11, 2013

The recent fall in the value of the rupee not only revealed problems with the world financial system, but also showed the perils of making money into a commodity, which may be one of the signposts of ...

Much ado about nothing?

By: M A Niazi | October 04, 2013

On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, after making their speeches and after having their other meetings, the Pakistani and Indian Prime Ministers, Mian Nawaz Sharif and Dr Manmohan Singh, met ...

Not just sectarianism

By: M A Niazi | September 27, 2013

The victims of the double blast in Peshawar have led to something that was not achieved by the killing of a major general and a lieutenant colonel in Dir: the reversal of the government decision to ...

Paying for murder

By: M A Niazi | September 20, 2013

The murder of Shahzeb Khan last year, on the night of December 23-24, sparked a nationwide protest, suo motu notice by the Supreme Court, and the trial of the culprits. That trial led to a conviction ...

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