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Mehreen Zahra-Malik

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 Pakistanis finally seem ready to move in for the kill. And while 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 PPP-led government now stands on the precipice of August 8 without a sword…

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 PPP-led coalition’s fifth budget in the National Assembly this June, it was…

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 PM Of late, keeping an eye on politics in Pakistan, you increasingly end up…

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 Zardari. This week, for the umpteenth time, the president got to invent his very own…

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 just like certain varieties of the traditional Maori dance, the intent…

The Last(ing) Tango

If abused patience runs the risk of turning into fury, has American patience with Pakistan finally run out and should we expect a major falling-out? By Monday, it was clear Pakistan had been shipwrecked on the rocks of its own…

The Terrorism Excuse

I’d call it a new version of voodoo politics but I’m afraid that would give witchdoctors a bad name. But yes, the PPP’s wily evangelists are playing a new game: sticking pins and needles into the Supreme Court and blaming it for everything…

Polygraphing Pak-US Ties

More than deploying a Sigmund Freud of international relations to understand what’s going on in the kooky world of Pak-US ties, perhaps all we need is a lie detector. So who’s lying? They all are. The federal government has been holding…

Why The PPP Will Wait Until 2013

President Zardari has kept all the promises he intended to keep. Wheedling and bargaining, charming and cajoling - the last few months have seen vintage President Zardari in action, dipping into his bag of tricks and emerging with the…