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Should you ban a political party?

Adviser to the PM on Political Affairs Rana Sanaullah has stated that the PTI could be declared illegal and face a ban on its activities. This position has been reiterated…

Next steps for a political miracle

The people of Pakistan spoke clearly on February 8. Their favourite political party is the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Their favourite leader, even though he is in jail, is as beloved to…

The languages of history

In Pakistan, there are not many writers who write about history in Urdu or any other regional language, with an independent and objective lens. But there are certain writers who…

Without political engineering

Several historians have attempted to answer the ‘What if?’ question about key historical events, creating a genre known as counterfactual history or hypothetical history. The idea behind this effort is…

Learning nothing from history

Recent political developments suggest that the revolutionaries of the Pakistani political system who claim to have challenged the mighty elements of state in the past have completely surrendered to those…

Circular history of power sector

The presently beleaguered Power Sector is being assailed by its generalist governors. Conveniently forgetting that they are the problem, they are offering solutions by a dozen now – in all…

Fixing politics by non-political means

Thailand’s former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was overthrown in a September 2006 coup and subsequently convicted of corruption, is back in the country after years in exile. His party…

August in history

Being a student of history, whenever I get some free time in my daily socio-political activities, I try to study various important events that have played a key role in…

The great Indian political circus: Part – I

There are many similarities between the economic situation that India faced in the early 1990s and the one Pakistan currently faces. Last year, I wrote a series of articles that…