Editorials articles

Development as ideology

And the half empty glass There are reasons why signs of demoralisation are appearing in sections of the PML-N parliamentary party. Nawaz Sharif already stands disqualified from contesting elections. There is also

New NAB chief looks busy

Will he also fulfill the expectations?  Justice (r) Javed Iqbal has started his tenure as Chairman NAB with a flourish that could not have gone unnoticed. Talking to a TV channel soon

Ishaq Dar’s status

The mystery deepens Reports Saturday morning of Ishaq Dar’s resignation, allegedly encouraged by Shahbaz Sharif and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, were officially denied by the ruling party only after doing the

Faizabad sit-in

An open challenge to the writ of the state Over our dead bodies! That is the latest message conveyed to the government by the leaders of the Tehreek-e-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah (TLY)

Worse than slavery

Savage human trafficker’s naïve victims The world is nowadays witnessing two distinct types of immigration waves or flight of peoples from their hearths and homes, those fleeing civil wars or state repression

Targeted killings in Balochistan

The enemy succeeds when the guards nap The wave of terrorism is receding all over the world, one of the reasons being the more efficient anti-terror measures adopted by governments. One day

Jack of many ministries

    More on Ahsan Iqbal’s plate? Reports that Nawaz Sharif himself opposed chucking out Finance Minister Ishaq Dar just yet — despite the economy being rudderless in times of an abnormally

Taliban footprint in Wana

Going round in circles? Troubling news reports about some peace committee trying to enforce Taliban style curbs on social and cultural activities in Wana, South Waziristan, are made much worse by the

Coincidence or conspiracy?

Three odd events and the establishment When things are going badly for a political party, or if an alliance between disparate groups suddenly takes place during a period of turmoil, accusatory fingers

Avoiding a constitutional crisis

Without invoking the Supreme Court   An orderly working of the system requires that elections are held on time and power transferred to the winning party peacefully. It is also important to

The consensus in PML-N

Every war plan looks good  on paper until you meet the enemy After a series of leadership meetings the PML-N has taken important decisions about its future line of action.  Tentative agreements

CPEC power block

Chinese company slows down major transmission line project  The CPEC has rightly been presented  as a make or break project, one that would provide a much-needed force-multiplier boost to the national economy.

Fruits of the Arab Spring

And the Saudi implosion   The irony of ironies, as far as the Middle East goes, that the ominous prophecy of the late Col Gaddafi – that Saudi Arabia too, after Libya

So much for Darnomics

And Dar sb also?   Time was, not too long ago, when Ishaq Dar was second only to the prime minister on the totem pole in Islamabad. He could do as he

PML-N and the election

And political time bombs   Has the Supreme Court, with its scathing ‘you can’t fool all the people all the time’ critique, delivered the kiss of death to Nawaz Sharif’s political future?