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Change the political chessboard

Pakistan stands at a critical juncture in its democratic journey, grappling with a deepening political crisis that threatens to undermine the very fabric of its society. At the heart of…

Political chessboard

AS the Titanic was sinking, its captain had the ship’s band play on to fool the passengers into thinking all was well. With the PTI’s ship rapidly hitting multiple political…

The political chessboard

POLITICS is a war of nerves and political battles can result in terrible mistakes. What happened in the NA-75 by-election last week shows how one incident can unravel politics in…

Political Chessboard

Political chessboard

Pakistani politics has changed dramatically recently. In 2014, the conservatives were badly fractured, with Pakistan’s three biggest conflicts raging among social, political and economic conservatives (PML-N vs. the army; the…

Chessboard challenges

AS the PML-N-led coalition government completes five weeks in office, there are few hints of the shape its policy responses will take to tackle the dire state of the economy,…

Our Political Wonderland

Our political wonderland

As she walks through Wonderland, Alice arrives at a fork in the road and inquires the Rabbit about what path she should take. “Where do you want to go?” asks…

The 2016 Political Calendar

The 2016 political calendar

Time is tenseless. Calendars are an illusion. Events don’t follow schedules. They happen regardless of the hour. But even then the human need to pin planning to dates and create…

China On The Chessboard

China on the chessboard

Relations between Pakistan and China reached new heights with 19 agreements and MOUs signed between the two countries in Beijing. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was visiting China on the invitation…

Thriving on confusion

A few weeks ago, I felt intrigued by a development in national affairs that made big headlines. I asked a friend who I believed had access to inside information as…

Waiting for democracy

While we wait for elections to be held – with bated breath, perhaps – there are matters of greater significance that trouble the minds of people who genuinely care about…