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Winds Of Change (Part III)

Winds of change (Part III)

The traumatic recent developments involving the long march to Islamabad of over a hundred thousand persons expressing their deep frustrations at the present political system reflect the agony of the…

Pakistan`s Political Cliff

Pakistan`s political cliff

`CHAOS Theory` is a course taught at many prestigious universities to analyse and predict developments during crises. Pakistan`s short but turbulent political history provides excellent empirical data for such study.…

Shrinking Political Space

Shrinking political space

The speeches in praise of each other, after the four days of the ‘fake march’ exposed the reality of status quo politics today. It was insincerity at its best. In…

Viewpoint: Wrong Ideas Of National Security

Viewpoint: Wrong ideas of national security

A newly revised Army Doctrine identifies home-grown militancy as the "biggest threat" to national security, replacing India as the enemy Number One. That of course does not mean the conventional…

New Bailout Package

New bailout package

The government, at the fag end of its tenure, has reportedly invited International Monetary Fund (IMF) for negotiating a three-year bailout programme. It is a rather surprising move, especially its…

March Madness In January

March madness in January

Considered the usual month for political madness in Pakistan, March came early this year, the turmoil complicated by election-year factors. The obstacles of the federal and Punjab governments notwithstanding, the…

Winds Of Change

Winds of change

Much is being written and said about Dr Tahirul Qadri – his background and his motivations. Some claim that he is an agent of foreign countries with the objective of…

Too Big A Mess

Too big a mess

Following Dr Tahirul Qadri's speeches and TV interviews, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) is under fire. But critics of the ECP overlook the fact that the mandate of the…

In A Blind Alley

In a blind alley

The state of Pakistan has been pushed into a blind alley and it is at the same time under attack from hardliners of more than one brand. Nobody knows what…

Revolution: Islamabad Style

Revolution: Islamabad style

Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital for half a century, was conceived as a peaceful retreat, away from the heat and dust of this country and the humdrum of its people. For a…