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Bilawal’s High-School Comedy

We should pity Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. At the age of 25 years, a young man who would it sometimes seems quite obviously prefer to be doing something quite different, has been thrust on to the turbulent political platform of Pakistan as a…

A Narrative To Be Discarded

THE hatred heaped on the iconic, defiant teenage survivor of Taliban oppression, Malala Yousafzai, is symptomatic of a much wider malaise. Whatever the more immediate reason(s) for demonising her, the underlying sentiment has to be disdain…

Politics Local, Impact National

FOR the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI), the victory in a by-election in Faisalabad earlier this week was a nice little achievement that blended well with the background. Just about then the news of huge irregularities on a Karachi seat…

PTI And ‘Immediate Peace’

After fighting and signing peace agreements – intermittently – for more than a decade, why are we no closer to a solution in dealing with the Pakistani Taliban? The problem lies in our national tendency for wanting immediate results of our…

This Is All Right

The pendulum of political ideology has not just moved from one end to the other in Pakistan. It has completely shifted its coordinates. It was not left-centre-right in the classical sense anyway in the past as Pakistan never was a modern,…

Bankruptcy Of The Mental Kind

“Such incidents are not conducive to peace talks…”, PM Sharif. Some revelation this…if the death toll in the Peshawar church attack had been somewhat lower, would that have facilitated peace talks? The government had opted for a difficult…

The Trouble With Talks

We have now seen just what troubles are involved in talks with the Taliban. Days after the group took responsibility for an attack that killed Maj-Gen Sanaullah Niazi and two other army men in Upper Dir, bringing a measured but angry…

The Olive Branch

Attended by the country’s notable political parties, the All-Parties Conference (APC) has declared dialogue with the militants to be the only way forward in dealing with extremism and terrorism. Any surprises? Not really. For the last more…

Cowardice and Consensus

Score one for Imran Khan. When he initially refused to be part of the All-Parties Conference – the terrorism one, not the Karachi one for those finding it hard to keep count – it looked like yet more proof that the PTI leader was less…

NA-1: The Tsunami Breaker

By the morning of May 12, the PTI’s tsunami had officially swept through Peshawar valley. This was a victory that was mostly at the expense of the ANP, thus prompting many to declare it to be a spent force – the strongest proof of which was…