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Cyril Almeida

Inside Zardari’s Mind, The Update

IT’S a deep, dark place but it’s still running the show, so down the rabbit hole we must go. The arrogant Zardari will be grinning smugly. Sharif, the only political rival who matters, has been cleverly corralled into a small patch of…

The Comeback Kids

PAKISTAN is the gift that keeps on giving. If you’re the army, that is. A few short months ago, they couldn’t buy a break if they offered up the Wicked Witch, Big Bad Wolf and Sher Khan the tiger all at once. The generals were about as…

Good Ol’ Bad Politics

POLITICS is a funny ol’ sport. A few weeks ago, Asif Zardari was looking near invincible. He had neutralised his enemies, the path to the next election was looking smooth, the PPP was putting in place the planks of a successful re-election…

The Unravelling

AFTER a while, it’s all just noise. Zardari crowing, Sharif yelping, generals bleating, judges barking, anchors shrieking — what does it matter anymore? Zardari wanted to dividePunjabto pick up votes, but ended up dividing Sindh and lost…