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Arif Nizami

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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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


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‘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


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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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