Author Quatrina Hosain

The Toxic Mix

National and international experts have warned that absolute water scarcity would entail a colossal threat to food security, economic growth and health. Agriculture and livestock, the lynchpin of our economy, will be the first to collapse.

By: Quatrina Hosain

Palestinians Betrayed

US President Donald Trump’s announcement, in early December, that the United States would recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, by moving its embassy to the historic city, was yet another salvo from the volatile and unpredictable US president, who is developing a track record for ignoring the delicacies and sensitivities of global diplomacy. The […]

By: Quatrina Hosain

Sharif’s Reckless Course

Nawaz Sharif’s third, truncated stint as prime minister has left Pakistan foundering in stormy seas. His failure to address critical issues, from the very start of his third term, polarised Pakistan’s body politic, underscored poor governance, deepened the economic crisis and spurred demands for his resignation. But Sharif clung to power like a limpet, until […]

By: Quatrina Hosain

The New Normal

Endemic corruption has been raised to a new art form in Pakistan. The very word ‘corruption’ itself has been corrupted, morphing into the new normal or business as usual. We know that routine transactions and actions, such as obtaining a basic document, will involve bribing a clerk in a government office. Companies actually budget for […]

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Pakistan’s Aces Can’t be Trumped

Pakistan’s turbulent and often fractious relationship with the United States has traditionally been underpinned by an awareness of the symbiotic nature of the partnership. This was thrown into stark relief after September 11, 2001, when Pakistan once again became a frontline state to channelise American actions in Afghanistan. But the election of Donald Trump as […]

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True Freedom

The crisis that has been fomenting after the revelations in the Panama Papers reached its apogee on July 28 when the five-member bench of the Supreme Court, in a momentous decision, disqualified Nawaz Sharif – the 18th prime minister of Pakistan – from holding any public office. It has been a long and arduous period […]

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The Young Generation

Pakistan is poised on a crumbling plateau, with a sheer cliff rising up on one side and a precipitous abyss on the other. And buried within the plateau is a ticking population time bomb. There has been much debate about Pakistan’s burgeoning population, but less attention has been paid to the composition of the population. […]

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Democracy Dividend?

The destiny of a nation rests in the hands of its leaders and, in a democracy, the power to elect the leaders rests in the hands of the people. Why then, has Pakistan’s democracy gone awry? Many will attribute repeated military interventions as the major factor for Pakistan’s weak democracy. But our political parties have […]

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Awaiting the Verdict

All eyes are turned towards Islamabad, awaiting the verdict of the Supreme Court bench in a case that history will remember as the Panama Papers scandal. The five-member bench heard arguments from all the lawyers on petitions filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf and its allies against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family. What is […]

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Defining the Dream

At the turn of the 20th century, there was a dream. A dream that the Muslims of the subcontinent would one day have their own homeland, free from the subjugation of the British Raj and dictates of the Hindu majority. It took another four decades for this collective dream of Muslims to articulate itself. Between […]

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Two Faced India

Kashmir is the festering sore in the retina of the world. Perhaps that is why everyone has turned a blind eye to the sufferings of the Kashmiri people. For decades, the question of Kashmir has been relegated to the back burner by the global community, viewed only in the prism of a bilateral territorial dispute […]

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The Arbiters of News

The desire to communicate has been a primeval imperative throughout human history. From the time primitive man sought to capture his world in cave paintings. to the art of oral story-telling and eventually the development of hieroglyphics and the written word humankind has sought to communicate ideas, beliefs, politics and faith. The development of the […]

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