Going Back to Karachi: What Changed, What Didn’t.

Posted on July 13, 2010
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By Syed Abbas Raza Greetings from sweltering Karachi. I am spending the summer in Karachi. It’s my first trip to the city of my birth in almost six years, and I’ve already been here a little over three weeks now. Here are a few things, picked rather arbitrarily, which I find are very much the […]

Shrink the Army, Expand the Police

Posted on October 1, 2009
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Syed Abbas Raza It is impossible to effectively address Pakistan’s myriad problems so long as security conditions continue to deteriorate. We are unable to control our own territory as armed militias and criminal gangs run amok in our cities, towns and villages. Sectarian violence is growing unabated. Business is fearful and the economy in tatters. […]

Defending Dictatorship: Another View on Pakistan

Posted on March 27, 2008
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Syed Abbas Raza A military dictatorship is a military dictatorship, and a democracy is a democracy. And the latter is always automatically better than the former. It is safer to agree with this statement and to look at every particular complex political situation through the lens of this cliché than to risk having one’s liberal-democratic […]