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Khan’s strategy

The recent political manoeuvrings of Imran Khan have created an impression that he is a true Machiavellian. In his recent speech at a public gathering in Lahore, he again tried…

Imran Khan vs Ziaul Haq?

Some of the more effusive opponents of the current regime are prone to exaggeration. A most amusing bit of hyperventilation is when some claim with great confidence that the current…

Khan vs Tareen

IMRAN Khan and Jahangir Tareen’s story is not a new one in Pakistan’s politics. Ayub and Yahya, Bhutto and Khar, Zia and Chishti, Musharraf and Shaukat Aziz. Even former president…

Who wants Ayub or Zia back?

THE demand by some powerful elements that the parliamentary form of government should be replaced with a presidential one may be taken as a continuation of a similar campaign launched…

PM Khan Vs Gen Ziaul Haq

PM Khan vs Gen Ziaul Haq

The big fear in the first half of 2018 was that there would be no election. Somehow, someone, somewhere would find an excuse to delay the election. The conduct of…

Remembering Jhagra Khan

Remembering Jhagra Khan

When it comes to  a lot of what we are exposed to is driven by hype. That hype seems to die down soon after they’re gone. Once in a blue…

Yes-man democracy

Why all the fuss about dragging Ayub Khan out of his grave just to get at Omar Ayub Khan? The man has every right to fight the establishment to reclaim…

How democracy was derailed — Part – III

As we saw in the previous article in this series (April 28), between the Tamizuddin judgment and the advice rendered under Special Reference No 1, the federal court led by…

Protecting free speech

When Pakistan’s greatest war for freedom of expression was raging in the dark decade of General Ziaul Haq in the late 1970s, Ahfaz-ur-Rahman and Nasir Zaidi were at the forefront…