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A new book by Owen Bennett-Jones explores the lineage, political legacy of Pakistan's Bhutto family
Arts & Culture

A new book by Owen Bennett-Jones explores the lineage, political legacy of Pakistan's Bhutto family

Chronicling the life of the astute politician Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and his political rise, along with that of his four children, the book draws from unpublished documents and research accumulated over two decades to tell the story of the family's complex relationship with British colonialists, the Pakistani armed forces and the United States of America.

Death sentence to General Musharraf isn’t end of military rule in Pakistan; Rawalpindi has long moved to control via other means
World

Death sentence to General Musharraf isn’t end of military rule in Pakistan; Rawalpindi has long moved to control via other means

The conviction of General Pervez Musharraf for treason does not interrogate the Pakistan Army’s primacy in the country’s political life, rather it reiterates a proscription on the use of a tool the Generals do not think they now require

India's invitation to OIC as ‘guest of honour’ allows New Delhi to expose Pakistan's 'deep state' backing terror
India

India's invitation to OIC as ‘guest of honour’ allows New Delhi to expose Pakistan's 'deep state' backing terror

India’s deepening ties with the Islamic world could act as a bulwark to prevent Pakistan from using the secretariat and OIC forum for its own propaganda.

Jalaluddin Haqqani, 1939-2018: The grandfather of global jihad who unleashed a reign of terror to 'rescue defenceless Muslims'
World

Jalaluddin Haqqani, 1939-2018: The grandfather of global jihad who unleashed a reign of terror to 'rescue defenceless Muslims'

For years, the West chose to overlook Jalaluddin Haqqani’s patronage of jihadist causes — and the plain language of his speeches — in the pursuit of tactical ends.

2-plus-2 talks: In US courtship of India and separation from Pakistan, a lesson from Cold War and revenge of history
India

2-plus-2 talks: In US courtship of India and separation from Pakistan, a lesson from Cold War and revenge of history

Pakistan’s delusion stems from a congenital need to pursue parity with India at all times and on all fronts. Back in 1965, prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto had vowed that “If India builds the bomb, we will eat grass or leaves, even go hungry. But we will get one of our own.”

Pakistan Army says it will play 'no direct role' in election, but country's history is replete with coups and dictatorships
World

Pakistan Army says it will play 'no direct role' in election, but country's history is replete with coups and dictatorships

Pakistan's powerful military says it is taking 'no direct role' in the 25 July election, but a history of coups and dictatorships is fuelling fears over the balance of power in civil-military relations

Decade after Benazir Bhutto's assassination, her untested son Bilawal is striving to reclaim mother's mantle
World

Decade after Benazir Bhutto's assassination, her untested son Bilawal is striving to reclaim mother's mantle

A decade after Pakistan's first female leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated, her son Bilawal is striving to reclaim his mother's mantle.

Democracy has been repeatedly murdered in Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif tells PML-N workers
World

Democracy has been repeatedly murdered in Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif tells PML-N workers

Democracy has been repeatedly murdered in Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif lamented on Tuesday as he said "Prime ministers are removed, hanged, arrested and sent in exile" in the country.

Indira Gandhi had more success in Kashmir than any other PM, a bad ending shouldn't overshadow her record
Politics

Indira Gandhi had more success in Kashmir than any other PM, a bad ending shouldn't overshadow her record

On her birth centenary, however, it is worth recalling that Indira’s overall record of responding to the challenge in Kashmir was far more effective than that of any other prime minister.

Hardik Patel and sex-video vortex: Young turk's private life neither a blot on Patidars nor a stain on Gujarati 'asmita'
India

Hardik Patel and sex-video vortex: Young turk's private life neither a blot on Patidars nor a stain on Gujarati 'asmita'

Instead of resorting to the usual litany of excuses, calling the CD a result of editing and morphing, Hardik Patel should have stood up firm against this criminal violation of privacy.

Peaceful Afghanistan not in Pakistan's interest: The truth and lies behind Islamabad's interference in Kabul
India

Peaceful Afghanistan not in Pakistan's interest: The truth and lies behind Islamabad's interference in Kabul

Pakistan began this whole bloody ( pun intended) cycle of war in Afghanistan, well before the US was aware of it as anything more than a largish spot on a map.

UN backtracks on role of its observers in Kashmir, says mandate limited to LoC
World

UN backtracks on role of its observers in Kashmir, says mandate limited to LoC

The UN has backtracked on its assertion that it was monitoring the situation in Kashmir through the UN Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), clarifying that the observers' mission is limited to the line of control between Indian and Pakistani forces.

Tashkent Accord turns 50: Shastri felt India can make peace with Pak but not with China, says Kuldip Nayar
India

Tashkent Accord turns 50: Shastri felt India can make peace with Pak but not with China, says Kuldip Nayar

India and Pakistan signed the Tashkent Accord exactly 50 years ago, on 10 January, 1965 at Tashkent in the Soviet Union.

Balochistan brouhaha: Jittery Pakistan supports Taliban to keep Afghanistan off limits for India
World

Balochistan brouhaha: Jittery Pakistan supports Taliban to keep Afghanistan off limits for India

Opening of the four consulates in Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Kandahar and Jalalabad besides the embassy in Kabul was seen in GHQ in Rawalpindi as India’s listening posts in Afghanistan.

US had supported India's stand against plebiscite in Kashmir, declassified documents reveal
Politics

US had supported India's stand against plebiscite in Kashmir, declassified documents reveal

The United States in the year 1965 had supported India's stand that there should be no plebiscite in Kashmir, declassified US documents of the era indicate.

Pak People's Party cancels rally marking Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto's death
World

Pak People's Party cancels rally marking Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto's death

Instead of holding a massive rally near the Bhutto family mausoleum at Garhi Khuda Baksh in Sindh province tomorrow, the PPP will organise a small gathering in a hall in Naudero town, party leaders said.

Pakistan continues its 65-year-old record of forcing out PMs
World

Pakistan continues its 65-year-old record of forcing out PMs

Pakistan's prime ministers have always been removed through external intervention. What used to be a system where power was shared uneasily between army and civil society now has a third force. An energized judiciary.