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New Power Balance – Zahid Hussain

THE months-long suspense was broken last week by the notso-surprising choice of a dark horse as the country`s new army chief. It was Nawaz Sharif`s way of playing safe and picking a relatively low-profile officer for the most critical and…

The 100-Day Relevance

As we relish the PML-N’s honeymoon moment, flirt with the possibility of a transformed Nawaz Sharif and celebrate democracy’s ability to light a candle in pitch dark (literally – not to mention the heat), let us also remember the vices of…

The Convergence

Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif probably have been too consumed by their personal rivalry to notice a major shift in Pakistani politics. Together, they and their parties – the PML-N and the PTI – have decimated the ‘NRO coalition’ that ruled…

Practising What We Preach

Last Friday Pakistanis formally celebrated Yaum-e Ishq-e-Rasool (pbuh). The leaders of the Faithful wanted to announce such a day of protest unilaterally. But the PPP government, fearing a backlash amidst perceptions that it is pro-West,…

Some More Titles And Honours

Few will question the government’s decision to confer Nishan-e-Imtiaz, the highest civil award of the land, and the title of the Mother of Democracy on Begum Nusrat Bhutto posthumously. She spearheaded Pakistan’s largest political party,…

Power Politics Among Equals

CHIEF Minister Shahbaz Sharif has some serious explaining to do. WikiLeaks has dealt him and his clean politics a big blow, only if he cares to acknowledge it. Mr Sharif’s first reaction to the revelation of an episode in which he is shown…

For Some, Polls Are Always Early

LAST week, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani threw a challenge at Mian Nawaz Sharif, a day after the PML-N president had called for early polls to help Pakistan overcome its grave problems. The confidence that the statement betrays is…