Shazar Shafqat

  • TOver the past week few weeks, the world has been witness to many fascinating and, somewhat, mindboggling revelations. Perhaps, none more significant than the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) massive data release. While the Stargate Project and the mentioning of the UFOs may have made ...

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  • TWhile I pen this down, I must admit that my body is shaking. My heart is pounding and my mind is all soaked up in consternation. I’m thinking twice in going ahead with the piece. Ramifications. Repercussions. What if scenario? All of these thoughts have engulfed me. Fear is in the air. I ...

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  • TIt’s New Year time. It’s party time. Do you have your dancing shoes on, already? Have you lined up the party numbers? Are you ready to groove? This is New Year time. All hail to the New Year. But, wait. What would you presumably be this year? Are you going to be a Punjabi, a Sindhi, a ...

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  • TJingoistic rhetoric; nukes; right-wing politics. Oh boy, it’s a combo that can scare the hell out of anyone. But, we in Pakistan and India are so accustomed to it. We’re pretty good at playing this game, anyway. With 2017 less than a week away, we need to set the priorities right. A ...

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  • TIt’s that part of the year again. Go back the memory lane a bit. December 2010. Precursor to the Arab Spring. After all those years, there’s something in the air that makes me feel I’ve seen this too many a times. It’s the same old script. It’s the same old storyline. ...

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  • TTo all those who didn’t get the title of the piece, UXO refers to ‘unexploded ordnance’. Pakistan is in such a quagmire that factoring in the UXO has become crucial. Remember: It can detonate anytime. We’re in jeopardy. A time bomb. One that can’t be deciphered ...

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  • TTwo years have gone by. People have moved on with their lives. Many of the perpetrators of that carnage have been eliminated. Military courts, although expiring, have performed exceptionally well. Civilian authorities have coped with the menace dandily. National Action Plan has set the country on ...

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  • TJune-July 2016 changed the Turkish politics and security doctrine for good. No, I’m not referring to the attempted coup d’état that somehow immortalized President Erdogan. It was the suicide bombing on June 28 at the Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport that turned the most ...

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  • T “The belief that one’s own view of reality is the only reality is the most dangerous of all delusions.” - Paul Watzlawick The title, I assume, wouldn’t go down well with many; hence, please consume it at your own peril. Those who like to cling on to older beliefs are ...

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  • TWhen it comes to terrorist outfits that have infiltrated in Pakistan, ISIS is one name that has surely resulted in the Pakistani authorities experiencing some sleepless nights. From Northern Iraq (Mosul) to Syria and from there on to the rest of the world, the global aspirations of IS can’t ...

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