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Mohammad Malick

Will The Real Nawaz Please Step Up?

It’s a bit of a quandary. How does one attempt an assessment of the politics of the once selected, twice elected, twice exiled, and repeatedly duped prime minister? After all, the man must surely know his power politics. You don’t become…

A Tale Of Two Countries

The US and Pakistani governments are eager to get on with life after renegotiating their terms of engagement, or endearment, if you will. Marc Grossman and other top guns have been flying in and out of town and hectic negotiations are going…

One Happy Convict

Thank you lord, but not my lords, for bringing the contempt case to a close. Well, almost. The prime minister apparently got what he deserved for willfully trashing the verdict of not one judge or two but the full bench of the highest court…

PML-N’s Duplicity And US Drones

Our parliamentarians love spectacles. When they can’t find one, they make one of themselves. Remember the unanimous parliamentary resolution ‘banning’ drone attacks and ordering the shooting down of all intruding predators? The drones…

Redefining National Interest

Till recently, the national interest had one dominate hue: khaki. Defining the national interest had remained the exclusive prerogative of the military establishment. The fine line between national and institutional interest stood smudged.…

Dirty sherwanis and uniforms

The meandering prime minister had long stood convicted in the court of public opinion, guilty of crimes like incompetence and corruption. Now he has also earned the sobriquet of being indicted in a court of law. But we know what will…

Accidental Defaulter Of Justice

Credit must be given to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for appearing before the Supreme Court in a dignified manner, sans the rowdy crowds that accompanied Nawaz Sharif when he was summoned as a sitting prime minister. Unlike Nawaz’s…

Brothers In Arms?

Unpredictability has forever been the defining characteristic of Pakistan’s politics but even by our exceptionally erratic standards, January is becoming an alarmingly unpredictable month. Superior courts are seized with legally complicated…

Year-End Or Endgame?

The year comes to an end within hours but will we also see an end to the prevalent political uncertainty or are we instead witnessing the beginning of the closing chapter of a political endgame? The events of the past few weeks have been…