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The Zardari Legacy

The Zardari legacy

For the past four decades the PPP has thrived on the enduring Bhutto legacy. But it is the Zardari legacy on which the party is likely to be judged in…

A Grand Bargain?

A grand bargain?

After a long hiatus, Iran is again sitting across the table from the P5+1 (Germany) in Almaty for talks covering its nuclear programme plus related issues. Both sides have dampened…

Shadow Of Iraq War Looms Large In Region

Shadow of Iraq war looms large in region

From the streets of Cairo to the battlefields in Syria, the legacy of the 2003 invasion of Iraq still looms large in the Arab world, as regional power balances continue…

Harsh Lessons From Regime Change

Harsh lessons from regime change

Although the event went largely unreported in Pakistan and elsewhere, a Coptic church was burned down in the Libyan city of Benghazi on March 4. Earlier, there was an assassination…

It’s Our Country

It’s our country

The last few months have given us the feeling that it is indeed our own country we are living in. Had this not been so, we would not have appreciated…

Politics And The Pipeline

Politics and the pipeline

The ground-breaking ceremony for the Pakistan section of the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline last Monday was an event of high symbolic importance. It was designed to seal Pakistan’s commitment to finally…

Who Stands Where

Who stands where

This time last year, drone attacks, suspended Nato supplies, trade with India and, above all, relations with the US were issues that were causing political temperatures in the country to…

All Leagues In One League

All leagues in one league

Some important bits of Sindh have been connecting with Lahore in recent days, contributing not at all insignificantly to the growing gathering inside the powerful PML-N camp, which is drawing…

A Pipeline To Some Sovereignty

A pipeline to some sovereignty

Just last year the leading national flavour was anti-Americanism... and the heroic assertion of national sovereignty. After the Raymond Davis affair, the stealth assault on Bin Laden’s hideout in Abbottabad…

Party Over Individual

Party over individual

Every general election since has acted as a reminder of the uncomplicated and happy days under Gen Zia ul Haq. His 1985 election was truly a festival free from the…