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The Wise & The Traditional

The wise & the traditional

Mian Nawaz Sharif`s has to be the final word on everything now, beginning with the elections of May 11. The maturity that everyone was ascribing to him since his last…

The People Have Spoken

The people have spoken

OVER the last five years, if I had a dollar each time somebody complained about democracy, I might not have become rich, but would at least have been able to…

From Identity To Empowerment

From identity to empowerment

The participation of voters in large numbers in the recent elections has set a new precedent in Pakistan’s electoral history. Both media and technology played a leading role in restoring…

The Challenge Of Change

The challenge of change

Late Abul Kalam Azad, the Indian education minister, was a genius and an encyclopaedia of knowledge of both eastern and western civilisations and cultures, political figures, history, literature, etc. His…

Smoke Signals From The GHQ

Smoke signals from the GHQ

The western media, like its counterpart here, has a morbid tendency to churn out Pakistan-related analyses that are often speculative and, at times, verge on the sensational. Earlier in the…

Not Asking For The Sky

Not asking for the sky

So the big day is here. The right thing to do is to go out and vote. Shelve scepticism for today at least. You`ll have five long years to rekindle…

De-mock-racy

De-mock-racy

Stalin famously said "It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."…

The Post-US Order

The post-US order

The US loomed large during Pakistan’s election campaign season as leaders pounded their fists, promising an end to American meddling in Pakistan, a return to sovereignty and a refusal of…

Battle At The Ballot

Battle at the ballot

Pakistan goes to landmark polls today that mark a huge stride forward for the democratic process in the country. A blood-stained run-up to the elections does not seem to have…