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Arif Nizami

Democracy under fire?

Or a self-fulfilling prophecy A miasma of foreboding has engulfed the nation just like the current winter fog. A noxious air of uncertainty fueled by squabbling politicians pervades our body politics. It


Arif Nizami

‘Double Whammy’

Extremism, bigotry and terrorism What is happening in Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s Pakistan is almost surreal. The past few weeks have seen religious zealots ruling the roost on the streets of Islamabad


Arif Nizami

The MQM-P soap opera

A shotgun marriage gone sour   The MQM vote bank remained confined to urban Sindh. It only made half-hearted attempts to organise on a national level or appeal to the non-Muhajir vote


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The enigmatic Sharif

And his pursuit of civilian supremacy   Perhaps this is the new normal: weakened and emasculated civilian institutions ceding power to other instructions like the military and the judiciary   It is


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Sharif’s endemic woes

Politics or entertainment?     There is never a dull moment in our deeply flawed political matrix. Endemic swipes of our political elite against each other, dutifully amplified 24/7 on the idiot


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Wrong end of the stick

And strategic restraint       As a prelude to the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s sojourn to Islamabad, our policy makers are expressing cautious optimism on the future of frayed


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Does PML-N have a death wish?

Reluctance to face ground realities     In the immediate aftermath of Sharif’s son-in-law Captain (r) Safdar’s diatribe against the Ahmadis in the National Assembly, a despondent senior PML-N stalwart confided in


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Après moi le deluge

And the deep state     Ever since Nawaz Sharif’s ouster instability has become the hallmark of our political milieu. The former prime minister disqualified by the apex court more than two


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The ‘do more’ mantra

You have the watches, we have the time     Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has stirred up a hornet’s nest by sharply digressing from decades old policies that were being pursued by


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Darnomics at a dead-end

And Sharifs legal woes   His role, apart from being the custodian of the economy, is to interact with the IFIs (International Financial Institutions) and the donor countries as well. The military


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Sharif at a dead end?

And fate of the heir apparent     Today is the day of reckoning in Lahore. Ordinarily too much cannot be read in results of by-elections. However, the timing of the NA-120

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