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An elections budget

Simply passing the buck In another first, despite skepticism expressed by the opposition against announcing the sixth budget of its five-year tenure the PML-N government nonetheless went ahead and presented it. Most


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A hung parliament

Or a warped system? Despite general elections round the corner, a wave of uncertainty grips the country. According to the constitution, June 5 when the National and Provincial assemblies complete their five-year


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Politics of alliances

Debasing democracy in the name of democracy Elections due to be announced in less than two months, mahazes (fronts) and alliances of different hues and colours are being formed or reactivated. Some of them


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So, no (judicial) martial law

But what about political engineering? Despite elections being round the corner, thick clouds of uncertainty engulf the entire political spectrum. There are quite a few doubting Thomases and naysayers who believe they


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Dire straits

A bailout in the offing? The second unannounced devaluation of the Pakistani Rupee in the last four months is clearly symptomatic of an economy in dire straits. Unsurprisingly economic pundits are predicting


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The victim syndrome

Time to outgrow it  ‘We are the victim of terrorism rather than its perpetrator, ‘has been the consistent mantra of our officialdom in the face of being accused of just the opposite.


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Sharif’s double whammy

More to come By debarring Nawaz Sharif from heading his own party, the judges of the apex court have thrown another spanner in the works. In a rather unusual manner – unprecedented


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Sharif’s recent upsurge

A pyrrhic victory? Despite being a disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif seems to be ready to throw down the gauntlet. Buttressed by mammoth public meetings in recent weeks and decisive wins in


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Washington’s harsh language

And Pakistan’s options The diplomatic spat over the first drone attack of the year apparently on a refugee camp in Kurram agency epitomizes a sharp downturn in Pak-US relations. Ties between Washington


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Who is cursed?

The parliament or the politicians? Now it is the turn of the parliament for the PTI’s (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) ire. Taking a cue from their leader Imran Khan’s fiery speech at the maverick


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The outrage in Kasur

A wake up call The national outrage over the gruesome rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl, Zainab Amin, in Kasur earlier in the week has not died down. The perpetrator of

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