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PDM collapse no relief for PTI

EVEN when the opposition PDM alliance, in the form we have known it, is collapsing, the question being asked is if the governing PTI really needs enemies given its incredible propensity…

PDM’s future

THE political see-saw has again tilted in the PTI’s favour after the failure of the PDM’s latest huddle. Yet one can’t write off the PDM as the factors fuelling its…

PDM: a personal perspective

In November last year, I was inside a prison cell in Multan Jail, deprived of food and sleep and not knowing the precise charges against me, yet feeling confident and…

PDM and the Senate

Following the defeat of the PTI in the by-elections, there has been another shock for the ruling alliance: the PDM’s joint nominee Yousaf Raza Gilani defeated Hafeez Shaikh in the…

PDM obits are premature

THE Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has become ineffective for all practical purposes and the vastly differing agendas of the coalescing parties are pulling it in different directions with force enough…

Does PDM have an N-option?

AGAINST the backdrop of the PDM’s planned show of force in Lahore today, there are questions galore about where the opposition campaign is heading and whether it has any chance…

Is PDM imperilled?

HICCUPS are integral to political alliances because while coalescing parties agree to a common minimum programme, they are also keen to maintain their distinct identities. If there is no deviation…

Can PM Khan survive the PDM?

People don’t want complicated answers. They want simple ones. This is for two reasons. First, complicated answers take time, discipline and patience to process and understand. No one has time,…

Defunding of public higher education

When one is looking for higher-ed statistics in Pakistan, they must be pieced together from multiple sources and cross-checked to ensure they make sense. However, occasionally, you come across longitudinal…

NFC: call for fiscal reforms

In an analysis of the 7th NFC Award (‘Fiscal realities: A case for NFC reform’, March 20), published on these pages, I showed that provincial governments collect a small fraction…