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The foreign intrigue card

THE farce seems to have gone too far. It is neither a battle between ‘good and evil’, as Prime Minister Imran Khan would like us to believe, nor is it…

A good conspiracy

IF one thing’s true about human nature, it’s that everyone loves a good conspiracy. The stakes are sensational, the ending is grand, and most of the characters are faceless aliens…

Silence of the politicos

ELECTIONS in Pakistan have become a thriller film, where the clichéd twists just never stop, and those watching do not know whether to be scared or to laugh at the…

Is a new party needed?

Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has repeatedly mentioned that there is room for a new political party. There are many opinions about this within Pakistani political circles, but none…

The Sharif legacy?

In the 1992 American elections, Bill Clinton’s strategist and adviser James Carville would get questions on what Clinton would do to beat such a popular and powerful Bush Senior. James…

Trade conundrum: who is at fault?

The July 2023 trade data indicates an improvement in the trade deficit – from negative 1.863 billion dollars to negative 1.607 billion dollars, a positive trend that was touted by…

PTI’s meltdown

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) of Imran Khan is imploding. The initial trickle of ‘seasonal sparrows’ (fasli batair) abandoning the party in the face of a severe crackdown as the aftermath…

Let the curtain rise

Last week, in this space, I had invoked the concept of the Greek tragedy to portray the gradual decimation of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and the growing isolation of its leader…

Inside the Red Zone: Without a clue

The road to elections, it seems, is littered with ill intentions. With the Punjab Assembly on the brink of dissolution, naivete reigns supreme inside PTI bunkers. As the leadership and…

November 29 and Pakistan’s polycrisis

The thing to remember as Pakistan melts down in anticipation of November 29, 2011 is that this whole fiasco was eminently predictable. How predictable? In December 2020, almost two years…