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Arif Nizami

‘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


Arif Nizami

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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The day after

Time for introspection?  Notwithstanding the veracity or otherwise of his claims of being squeaky clean during his political career spanned over several decades, Sharif needs to do a lot of soul-searching  

‘To be or not to be?’

The Sharifs should count their blessings Perhaps the apex court had determined that Sharif and his progenies were guilty of charges pertaining to their enormous unexplained assets. Not being a trial court


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Sharif the victim

Or, guilty as charged? Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was hanged by dictator General Zia ul Haq through pliant courts that is now generally acknowledged even by the former prime minister’s worst opponents as


Arif Nizami

The clash of institutions

Anathema to democracy Likening the Sharifs to the Sicilian clan by Justice Azmat Saeed — one of the three members of the special bench of the apex court monitoring the JIT investigating


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P for Pakistan

A definite snub Official spokespersons, by definition, have a tough job to perform. Especially when a large swath of opinion doubts the credibility of the government they represent. The White House spokesman


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Civilian supremacy

Too good to be true? The only constant is the foreign office summoning envoys of our estranged neighbours to lodge protest on one issue or the other and vice versa The Dawn


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Washing dirty laundry

And ground realities When load shedding was at its height during the summer of 2012, it was Shahbaz Sharif who shifted his office in a tent erected at the premises of Minar-e-Pakistan


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‘Go Nawaz go’!

Amid back channel diplomacy According to Para 4 of the short order of the apex court in the Panamagate verdict, the special bench of the Supreme Court can refer Sharif’s case for

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