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Mahboob Qadir

Mahboob Qadir

The writer is a retired Brigadier. He has extensive experience in dealing with UN matters related to strategic policy on countering violent extremism.

A Murder Most Foul

Islamabad was badly jolted on a day before Eid not by an earthquake but by the brutal murder of Noor Mukaddam, a winsome young girl by a typically bouncer-looking man. Details of murder which have emerged point to a premeditated

America’s inglorious exit from Afghanistan 

Thinking minds have raised intelligent questions upon Taliban’s spectacular military success and finally the swift capture of Kabul in a matter of weeks much against predictions by leading world think tanks, military strategists, US State Department, Pentagon, and  Joe Biden

Imran Khan – Enigma or Charisma

What is happening to Jehangir Tareen and the way he is being hounded reminds me of my original premonition about Imran Khan which has slowly but painfully come true. But before that it is in fitness of things to recollect

Edge of a precipice? – Part 3

The tables turned in Afghanistan as the trail of attack over World Trade Center and elsewhere on 9/11 was traced back to Taliban regime in Afghanistan and to OBL’s Al-Qaeda sheltered by them. The US prepared to reinvade Afghanistan and

Edge of a precipice?  – Part 2

Gen Zia appeared on the podium not as the champion of democracy but as the savior and custodian of true faith. He wowed to restore our mutilated social equilibrium via the faith module, not quite realizing that faith or religion

Edge of a precipice – Part 1

Do we really know or care to know what is happening around us? How have we been treated by the state, society, leadership and the clergy and where are we being taken to? These are not just questions out of

Military Entrepreneurs

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Gulzar had recently observed, quite dryly, during a related hearing as to why the Army was setting up wedding halls and shopping malls on military lands in the garrisons, and also housing societies like DHAs

Just a matter of sensitivity

My brother and his wife had gone to Canada to visit their son and daughter-in-law and were stuck under the coronavirus lockdown. After initial irritation due to sudden internment, it became lifelong learning as they witnessed the discipline of Canadians

Ramazan Mubarak under Corona’s Siege

This time Ramazan is different. It is quiet, subdued, and lacks its traditional luster. It also got a confused reception by the faithful who are not sure how does the administration really want them to observe various elements of Ramazan

The writing reed and split nib

Fountain ink pens have been the craze and grace of an era of style and aristocratic clan. Waterman, Mont Blanc, Parker, Sheaffer’s and the likes were very high quality writing instruments and  their repairmen were actively sought after, rare to