Wise after the event

Finally, government takes action against miscreants The acquittal of Aasia Bibi by a three-member Supreme Court bench was viewed favourably by the vast majority of citizens, being based strictly on merit and

After the deal

Rethinking things? PTI seems to have just had the delayed realisation that the way it negotiated an end to the recent TLP dharna was not, perhaps, the smartest way to handle the

Sami ul Haq’s assassination

A thorough investigation is required On the eve of the PTI government negotiating a questionable peace deal with religious zealots who had rampaged throughout the country for three days JUI-S chief Maulana

Been there, done that

New Pakistan, old egos in IGP transfer case The sudden and initially mysterious transfer of Inspector General of Police, Islamabad on October 27 opened another image tainting issue for the green in

Zardari’s olive branch

Makes sense? He did it at the beginning of the previous electoral cycle as well, just after ‘begrudgingly’ accepting the PML-N government. Former President Zardari agreed not to upset the new administration

The charter of economy

Like the CoD, it requires consensus   A self-righteous government which rejects the possibility of any dialogue with the two main opposition parties is ill-equipped to create a national consensus even on

The Aasia bibi lesson

Blasphemy and its discontents Wednesday’s verdict proved that when state institutions have the will to implement the law, regardless of outside pressures and likely fallout, justice is eventually served. Credit must therefore

Population growth and poverty

The two are closely inter-linked Pakistan’s exploding population, like its sharply declining water resources, are red flags that can turn into existential threats in the future, but the approach of successive governments,

Wild goose chase?

Slim chances of forming meaningful anti-PTI platform JUI-F chief Fazlur Rehman is a man on a mission nowadays, his obsession being an All Parties Conference. Since he lost his ‘safe’ constituency seat

Who’s politicising what?

Games politicians play So former president Asif Zardari now smells a plot to roll back the 18th amendment; his ‘party’s gift to the nation’. That has happened, incidentally, just as talk of corruption

Asad Umar’s unhappiness

 FATF concerns Perhaps if the finance minister could have been unhappy with ‘various stakeholders’’ casual response to FATF queries earlier we would not be staring down the barrel at this point. It