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‘I know something I won’t tell’

I wonder why this trend of ‘I know something extremely important, but I’m not telling anything’ is all the rage among journalists and politicians these days. Both have had this…

‘Partial Law’

Neither explicitly martial nor ethic-ally civil, Pakistan in 2023 is experiencing an unsavoury blend of both forms — which can be termed ‘Partial Law’. The inherently authoritarian aspect of the military, newly intensified by the 9th May violence,…

What we must fight for

In the midst of this polycrisis for the ages, it is not difficult to enumerate all the things that are going badly and everything that is wrong. There is a…

Legacy of impunity

In crisis-ridden Pakistan, there is often a premium on telling the truth. In some cases, speaking truth to power can have fatal consequences. Imagine the impact on journalists who play…

Beyond 2023: exiting polycrisis

It is not going to be easy to put the polycrisis of 2022 behind us. The grieving mothers of the dozens of soldiers that were martyred across the country in…

Inside the Red Zone: Half-baked politics

You can’t trash a house and then complain it’s looking bad. Which is why it has become rather tiresome to hear the PTI chairman bemoan the absence of stability as…

Inside the Red Zone: Truth about lies

On the truth spectrum, where does the chairman PTI lie? A loaded question this is not. At least not entirely. What it is though is a rhetorical concern about what…

Inside the Red Zone: Need for a new normal

Now where were we? Ah, it’s been a few months since politics in Pakistan took an interesting turn and swerved to avoid an orchestrated disaster. Thirty-two weeks after the PTI…

No more doctrines

Conventionally, the word ‘doctrine’ has two meanings. A doctrine can be “a set of principles or beliefs, especially religious ones”. A doctrine can also be “a statement of official government…

Game of fire

He is gaming that chaos in Pakistan will benefit him. He is gaming that anarchy in Pakistan will benefit him. He is gaming that a civil war in Pakistan will…