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Weak Democratic Process

Weak democratic process

It is a season of defections and of new alliances as the political parties gear up for the coming elections. Horse-trading is the name of the game and political loyalties…

Ties With India

Ties with India

Preoccupation with domestic issues over the past few weeks should not have prevented Pakistan`s policymakers and informed sections of society from taking note of the dangerous events along the Line…

No Change On The Horizon

No change on the horizon

After keeping the country on tenterhooks for almost a month, one of the most farcical melodramas of Pakistani politics ended a week ago in Islamabad having been taken to the…

Consensus On Terrorism

Consensus on terrorism

The tone for a much-needed multi-party conference has finally been set. The leadership of the Awami National Party (ANP) has started contacting the leadership of other political parties. The plan…

Less Politics, More Art

Less politics, more art

These days preparations for the Karachi Literature Festival are underway, a happy time for those of us who want to turn our minds from politics and towards the arts. Yet…

Pakistan`s Political Cliff

Pakistan`s political cliff

`CHAOS Theory` is a course taught at many prestigious universities to analyse and predict developments during crises. Pakistan`s short but turbulent political history provides excellent empirical data for such study.…

Positive Politics

Positive politics

Politics sits at the apex of a nation-state. It links the society to the state and acts as the supreme authority safeguarding the interests of both. A nation-state prospers and…

18th Amendment – Fallacious Argument

18th Amendment – fallacious argument

Pakistan has a democratic government? There is no need to talk about this anymore. That devolution has taken place as a result of the 18th Amendment to the constitution. Please…

Supremacy Versus Obligations

Supremacy versus obligations

 The economic challenges the post-election regime will face are massive, but no politician talks about how his/her party will address them. All they do is to label those who ask…

Whatever Happens At The Border

Whatever happens at the border

One step forward, two steps back. That appears to be the norm of the dysfunctional India-Pakistan relationship. You make a little progress, inch by painful inch, dragging yourself up the…