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Much Ado About Punjab

Much ado about Punjab

Those of us with short memories will not remember that there was a time when Punjab was not the most populous province in the country. For the first quarter century…

The Mood Of The Moment

The mood of the moment

Pakistan’s mainstream political leadership appears edgy these days. All of a sudden many politicians seem to have had a revelation that a conspiracy is being hatched to derail the country’s…

Balochistan

Balochistan

Balochistan has listed fewer voters today than it had 15 years ago. Those left out are not missing from their homes nor have they opted to forego their basic political…

Make Voting Compulsory

Make voting compulsory

Pakistan has an electoral democracy but not a representative democracy. Post-1971, in eight general elections, the voter turnout has almost always been less than 50 per cent of registered voters.…

Rise In Euroscepticism

Rise in Euroscepticism

It may take more than a truckload of nose pegs to get voters to the polls this week. But abstention is a dereliction of citizenship: always cast a vote, if…

Egypt’s Zia Ul Haq?

Egypt’s Zia ul Haq?

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has been dubbed Egypt’s new pharaoh, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Cincinnatus, Benito Mussolini, Abraham Lincoln, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and even another Hosni Mubarak. Comparisons and juxtapositions are being…

Hilarity In Chakwal

Hilarity in Chakwal

Forget high shenanigans. Forget doom and gloom. Forget even the Niagara Falls. For a taste of real political excitement these days make the golden journey to holy Chakwal. More bizarre…

Endgame Or New Beginning?

Endgame or new beginning?

The Chicago summit held in May has ratified the road map which President Obama has been evolving since 2010, to convince his voters in the 2012 presidential elections that US…

Shadow politics

Adopting an innovative approach months before the general election, the Jamaat-e-Islami has, probably for the first time in Pakistan, named a ‘shadow’ chief minister. The party’s choice for would-be chief…