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Maulana tries, and fails

For what it’s worth, Fazlur Rahman’s trip to Kabul has left me five hundred rupees richer. I bet with a journalist friend that the maulana would be received with the…

Maulana’s ‘assurance’

Maulana Fazlur Rehman, chief of the Jamiat-i-Ulema-i-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F), is a frustrated man. Two rounds of a sit-in in Islamabad and highly ambitious attempted blockage of highways throughout the country last…

Maulana Fazl At ‘Nine-Zero’

Maulana Fazl at ‘Nine-Zero’

The chief of his own faction of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), Maulana Fazlur Rahman, is no ordinary cleric or politician; he's a heavyweight in terms of his standing among peers, overtly…

The Maulana’s Politics

The maulana’s politics

The stance of the political parties in and outside parliament during the passage of the 21st Amendment was a study in contrast. It was obvious that circumstances had forced the…

Politics of aggression

Recent protests by the PTI in different parts of the country clearly indicate that former prime minister Imran Khan is determined to follow the confrontational style of politics, plunging the…

Age of progress

The recent disclosure by JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rahman has shed significant light on the concerning trends of unconstitutional practices within Pakistan. His revelations reveal not just isolated incidents but…

Why did ANP lose popularity?

In the recently held election, perhaps the most unpopular and unfair election in Pakistan, the centre-left nationalist party the Awami National Party (ANP) is also one of the major casualties.…

Tackling a toxic legacy

One of the most toxic legacies of PTI chief Imran Khan is the weaponization of religion. Perhaps after Gen Zia, he is the second head of government who has employed…

When the emperor has no clothes

I remember once being lucky enough to squeeze into a talk, midway or thereabout, in Dubai by the late great Middle East correspondent Robert Fisk, of The Independent. His description of…

Democracy of riddles

Pakistan’s democracy is a curious one – in which the people play very little part, and most often they do not even know what is happening behind the scenes or…