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A land of ladlas

Arguably, the most commonly used disparaging word in the political lexicon of the day is ‘ladla’ -- loosely translated as the apple of one’s eye. In the political context, a…

The fierce politics of Pakistan’s academia

Sayre’s law, named for Columbia University political scientist Wallace Stanley Sayre, states that “The politics of the university are so intense because the stakes are so low.” One way that…

Benazir and the Black Swan

When a black swan event hits the world, people often recall it in two ways. One is a public record that is pieced together to become what we call history.…

Climate action and global security

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres recently warned: “Present trends are racing our planet down a dead-end three-degree temperature rise”. He is right. Unless we act decisively – beginning at the…

Upending old politics

Understanding the PPP’s leadership is a puzzle these days. Its impressive show in Quetta two days ago (Nov 30) sent a strong message of unity. Yet, last week its ‘new’…

A call for change and development

Reform, not begging, is the answer to all our economic and political problems. The question though is: which reform? The answers to this were discussed at a recent conference held…

Anti-Americanism: rhetoric and reality

Imran Khan’s PTI rushed to condemn the recent meeting between former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and the US ambassador to Pakistan, Donald Blome, as “a significant intrusion into Pakistan’s internal…

Legoland

Michael Dobbs is an author and British Conservative politician. Made a life peer, he got the title of Lord Dobbs of Wylye. As the then prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s chief…