The third attack

Security agencies caught napping again There is long list of moderate clerics who were killed by the TTP for their opposition to militancy and support for parliamentary politics. The dastardly attack on

The Bilawal factor

Departure from the Zardari doctrine? Bilawal’s politics is raising some interesting, and important, questions. But firstly, it was refreshing to see him address Larkana’s Hindu population on the occasion of Diwali. It

The Balochistan barometer

Take it seriously If the security situation in Balochistan is not addressed immediately, it might quickly snowball into the pre 2013 election scenario, upsetting sectarian fault-lines and complicating the military operation in

The show is over

Dharnas ending with a whimper Finally, the Qadri show in Islamabad is over amidst suggestions of an underhand deal with the government. This will leave Imran Khan high and dry with pressure

Protesting too much

The MQM needs to openly accept criticism   One is again witnessing the all too familiar drama wherein MQM ministers resign, which is followed by strongly worded statements, noisy protests and walkouts

Connecting with Kabul

Time for a new doctrine Sartaj Aziz’s trip to Kabul seems to have worked out nicely. Abdullah Ghani not only accepted Nawaz Sharif’s invitation – he promised to visit “soon” – but

Mending fences

How things got to this With the Americans wrapping up the Afghan war, drone strikes continuing, and Zarb-e-Azb bringing its own demographic challenges, the relationship with the US remains as dicey as

Slow on the uptake

Still no transformation in the PM Politicians in Pakistan are exceptionally slow at learning, more so in the case of the PML-N leaders. Whatever change seemed to have taken place while passing