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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…

People and governance

Even as elections approach, the people’s will to demand what they need most of all appears to be largely absent. Amidst the smog that holds Lahore in a perpetual haze…

Beyond rage and emotion

Pakistan’s political discourse is characterized by emotions, more particularly the emotion of anger and rage. At any given time, Pakistanis are angry over real or perceived injustices at home and…

War and change in the Middle East

Once again war is poised to shake the political calculus of the Middle East. For, it’s always war, never peace deals or shuttle diplomacy, that moves history forward in this,…

Capital suggestion: Minimal politics

Fact 1: Presently, four out of every ten Pakistanis find themselves below the poverty line. Fact 2: Over the course of the past three decades, no political government has successfully…

Caretakers and a trembling economy

Elections are the backbone of a strong democratic process. Free and fair elections and a smooth transfer of power form the basis of a stable democracy in any country. In…

MDCAT scandal is a wake-up call

THIS is with reference to the editorial ‘MDCAT cheating’ (Sept 19), which rightly stressed the need to eliminate corruption from academic testing. Unfortunately, corruption is one of the most pressing…

Presidential powers vs ECP’s mandate

In Pakistan’s intricate political landscape, a perplexing constitutional puzzle dominates headlines: Who possesses the authority to declare the date for the impending general elections? This enigmatic issue has ignited fierce…