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Navigating through political turmoil, uncertainty

The public at large has spoken, as independents backed by Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) have emerged as the largest political group in the 2024 elections despite all the pre-poll…

Courts, crises, controversies

One of the most significant features of the 18th Amendment was the withdrawal of the power to dissolve the National Assembly from the president. In 1985, this discretionary authority was…

Betraying political creators

Imran Khan was pampered, supported, sponsored, idealized, and brought into the shining political limelight from deep political obscurity. However, once in power, he played havoc with the country’s economy, politics,…

Saudi chess PR gambit checked by controversies

Saudi Arabia brushed aside rulings from top clerics to host a big money chess tournament, but the gambit to improve the kingdom's image has been jolted by regional powerplays. The…

Senate polls & political malaise

RECENT controversies over the form and nature of the Senate election lay bare some long-standing and fundamental problems with Pakistan’s political landscape. The first, and what some may call the…

This Political Theatre

This political theatre

Whatever is happening in Pakistan at this time seems so unreal. Or surreal, if you are distracted by the drama and the suspense provoked by the unfolding events. There is…

Political blunders

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been badly trapped in the marshes of his own political blunders and crimes. History shows that his tenures have lasted for not more than two…

Census Controversies

Census controversies

A census is a quiet affair for most people in politically stable and institutionally strong countries, where the national head count runs relatively smooth and is reliably decennial. But in…

Running The Political Engine

Running the political engine

There are ample signs that money in politics, or ‘political finance’, will assume much greater importance in the next general election and even during the run-up to the election. Disclosures…