Amna Lone

Amna Lone

A sub-editor for The Express Tribune’s editorial pages.

Pakistan’s love-hate relationship with the US

Once upon a time what united Pakistanis was hatred against India. Now the nation has set its sights higher: it is now the US that brings out the worst passions in us. India has quietly receded to the background despite the fact that it is busy building dams on rivers allotted to Pakistan under the Indus Waters Treaty and is massively upgrading its army’s arsenal. On the other hand, the US, which has come to our aid every time we started a needless conflict, has become enemy number one. Had the US not forced India to cease fire during the ...

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September 12, 2011
TOPICS

Looking for a new coach

As Waqar Younis’s tenure as Pakistan cricket coach draws to a close, questions inevitably arise about his likely replacement. With the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) forming a committee to select the new coach, there have been mixed signals from its members when it comes to the question of appointing a Pakistani or a foreigner to the job. Opinions may vary regarding whether to go for a local or a foreign coach, but there is little doubt, that a Pakistani in the job will inevitably be drawn into the domestic politics of the country’s cricketing hierarchy, and as often happens, may ...

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Karachi’s crime malaise

Karachi, with a population of nearly 20 million, has its fair share of problems like all other major metropolitans. Its weary residents have had to put up with a multitude of problems, including  a huge slum population, frequent power cuts and poor infrastructure. However, few cities have as bad a reputation for crime, particularly street crime, as Karachi. Be it mobile snatching, car theft, robberies at ATMs or traffic signals, there will be few Karachiites who do not have some sort of a story to tell of their or their acquaintances’ encounters with street crime. Many will be quick to attribute ...

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Afridi, as I see him

Two bloggers face off on Afridi’s controversial resignation – were his actions justified or did ego get the best of him? The Pakistan Cricket Board had it coming: Zainab Imam Someone had to go against them and who better than Shahid Afridi – Lala to his fans – who not only says he has public support and doesn’t need anything more, but also behaves like it. Many believe that Afridi has a personal agenda against the board which is why he, loved and hated for his mercurial temperament, has taken the bull by the horns. They point to the day he announced ...

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ZAB case: Revisiting history is necessary

The government’s decision to file a judicial review reference to reopen the case of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, in which he was convicted of murder and sentenced to hang, has come under much opprobrium from various quarters. There is a view that reopening this 32-year old case is basically just a ploy to divert attention from the various follies that this government has committed, ranging from the fiasco that was the National Reconciliation Ordinance, to the botched-up restoration of the judiciary to the various corruption scandals that have dogged the Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) fourth dispensation in power. However, whatever side of ...

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