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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 Ironically


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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 unfortunate


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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 box, keep


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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 Pakistan-US ties. Relations


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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 me: ‘It


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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 months ago


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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 the


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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 is


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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 contest


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Jihad and jhadists

A new narrative in the offing? The real challenge that remains for Pakistan is to be seen to walking the talk. Slowly but surely jhadist groups (within Pakistan) are being asked to


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‘The Graveyard of Empires’

And our national interest Former US diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad, in an opinion piece in the New York Times, has welcomed Trump’s new initiative. Spouting his signature venom against Islamabad he has recommended that the


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Uneasy lies the head…

 Perhaps some introspection needed? These are interesting times. It is almost surreal: Sharif sent packing by the apex court months before his time as prime minister was up and Ishaq Dar, close

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