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Democracy Awards

Democracy awards

Ladies and gentlemen, a few weeks ago, in this very space, we hosted an event called ‘Revolution Awards’. Although there is nothing original about this idea, yet our audience feedback…

Nawaz In Wonderland

Nawaz in Wonderland

PML-N’s 2013 elections manifesto brings to mind the fairy-tale ‘Alice in Wonderland’. “If you don’t know where you are going, then it doesn’t matter which way you go”. This seems…

Returning Politicians

Returning politicians

As part of the series of inherently self-revealing riddles in the run-up to elections, it wouldn’t be too difficult to guess really what makes Mian Shahbaz Sharif so unhappy. Is…

The Worst Era Ever?

The worst era ever?

The last PPP government is frequently termed as Pakistan’s worst. Some use such assessments to merely lambast the PPP. Others argue that incompetence was so extraordinary that it proves that…

What Are The Caretakers Up To?

What are the caretakers up to?

The caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso received briefings from different ministries/departments and took more than a week to identify fifteen individuals as his cabinet members. One of the…

The End Of A Misrule

The end of a misrule

At the end of full five years of civilian democratic rule, the country is in the grip of despair and disillusionment – the endless killing of innocent people and the…

View Point: Good News From Balochistan

View Point: Good news from Balochistan

Balochistan-related good news in a long, long time is the decision of Balochistan National Party-M (BNP-M) headed by Baloch nationalist leader, Sardar Akhtar Mengal, to participate in the upcoming elections.…

What Is On Offer On The Economic Front?

What is on offer on the economic front?

The manifestoes of the two major parties namely the PML (N) and the PPP have been released amidst much fanfare. One question uppermost in the minds of analysts is: given…

Election Outlook-II: Nawaz’s Prospects

Election Outlook-II: Nawaz’s prospects

There's no denying that Imran Khan's bid to upset Nawaz Sharif's applecart on May 11, 2013 will, at the very least, make the election exciting. Piqued by the rising fortunes…