Category: Mehreen Zahra-Malik

Hope Is Not A Winning Strategy

A Pakistani journalist visiting Kabul in the nineties half-jokingly asked the then-vice president of Afghanistan, Maulana Mohammad Nabi Mohammadi: “I’ve read in the...

Sardars To The Sarkar’s Rescue

In the slow burn of Balochistan, why did Sardar Akhtar Mengal decide to enter now: to rouse the flames further or to douse them? There are at least three theories about...

Political Anatomy Of A Religious Protest

Last Saturday, when the title ‘Majlis-e-Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen Pakistan’ (MWM) meant precious little to many of us undiscerning followers of news, an advertisement...

Snail’s Pace In Snail’s Space

We had been waiting for at least two hours before Syed Akbaruddin walked in. It was clearly a busy day for the tall and lanky spokesperson of India’s external affairs...

The North Waziristan U-Turn

The ones who know aren’t talking and the ones talking are spinning away. The Haqqanis are back in the news, the Americans are pining for action against them and the...

An Impossible Letter

Are we are a step closer to it now – the doomsday scenario? With the injudiciously concocted Contempt of Court Act, 2012 jettisoned to the dustbins of history, the...

In Shaikh We Trust

Musharraf ka yay yaar hai; ghaddar hai, ghaddar hai (He is a crony of Musharraf; he is a traitor, he is a traitor)! As finance minister Hafeez Shaikh unveiled the...

The Fire Escape Chute

How can the court show one prime minister the door and let another off the hook? On the other hand, it also can’t afford to be seen as a pacman eating up PM after...

Humpty Dumpty’s Pakistan

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” Mr Dumpty, meet Mr...

Duck, divert, dictate!

Ever wonder what a Pakistani version of haka would look like? Something like Prime Minister Gilani’s decision not to file an appeal in the contempt of court case? And...

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