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The Day Of The TLP

The day of the TLP

If there is one politician in Pakistan who can claim to have read and understood Sun Tzu, it is Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi. He laid siege to the whole country,…

Kafkaesque set-up

THE emerging contours of our new set-up depict a murky labyrinth hiding the conflicting pulls of the elite interests of multiple power centres, none of them aligned with the public…

Governance for the people

Successive governments in Pakistan have rarely paid attention to human development indicators. The development model that the political elite follows favours a tiny section of the super-rich. However, it is…

What are we voting for?

Over the coming hours and days, we will know the results of the 2024 election and what it means for our future. While many have claimed that they can easily…

Next steps for a political miracle

The people of Pakistan spoke clearly on February 8. Their favourite political party is the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. Their favourite leader, even though he is in jail, is as beloved to…

Decaying politics

POLITICS is to acquire and use power to achieve one’s aims and is often autocratic (won via force to favour elites). However, its best form is democratic, where rulers present…

Still thinking

More than 128 million voters will elect 266 members to the National Assembly and 593 members to provincial assemblies on February 8. A majority of the voters who want to…

What does Election 2024 look like?

In its latest press release, the ECP has given a tentative timeline for the general elections – January 2024. The fact that the ECP has not given an exact schedule…

Coalition of the unwilling

Over a month after the dissolution of the 15th National Assembly of Pakistan, the constitutional requirement of appointing a date for timely general election remains elusive. So much effort is spent…

Dealing with the Taliban

The 1990s saw the emergence of the Taliban and in the 2000s the TTP appeared to be distinct from the Taliban in Afghanistan. In this story we have had to…