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Hope and despair

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The writer can be reached at [email protected] Twitter @Imran_Jan

Two news headlines flashed across the TV screen one after the other. The first one was about a blast in Afghanistan targeting Muslim scholars who had gathered to discuss peace efforts. The second news story was about the possible rise in fuel prices to be decided by the caretaker government. Interestingly, the fuel story felt worse than the blast in Afghanistan. Not because it is a country we do not live in or because fuel prices hit us directly rather than a blast in Afghanistan, which is a thing of routine. It felt worse because in Afghanistan, there is a hope that this would all be over one day. Just like the Brits and the Soviets left after being defeated in a humiliating way, the Americans would leave too. That hope never ceases to exist. In oil prices case, there is no such thing.

In Pakistan, the........

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