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Change In Guard

Change in guard

As his closest professional confidante, the choice of chief of the general staff (CGS) is usually a strong indicator of the army chief’s preference for a successor. Passing him over…

Invitation Diplomacy

Invitation diplomacy

Shahbaz’s Sharif’s meeting with Manmohan Singh in the Indian capital last Thursday was the second by a leading Pakistani official with the Indian prime minister in the three months that…

The Spin-off Of The Iran Nuclear Deal

The spin-off of the Iran nuclear deal

The interim nuclear deal agreed between Iran and the P5+1 in Geneva a week ago has the potential to become a watershed of historic proportions. It could end not only…

Political Doppelgangers

Political doppelgangers

IT`S a tale of two men, one smart, the other stupid, one fierce, the other weak, one now dead, the other alive. The tale is of Pakistan, circa 2013. Let`s…

Bilawal’s High-school Comedy

Bilawal’s high-school comedy

We should pity Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. At the age of 25 years, a young man who would it sometimes seems quite obviously prefer to be doing something quite different, has…

Don`t Do It, Prime Minister

Don`t do it, Prime Minister

KAYANI must go. No extensions, no sinecure, no new job with old powers, no old job with new powers. Home. And Sharif must be the man to do it. When…

Is The PTI A Tea Party?

Is the PTI a tea party?

Some years ago, I found myself as the only woman on a planeload of PML-N men travelling from Quetta to Karachi. I was seated across the narrow aisle to Mian…

The Swiss Accounts

The Swiss accounts

While the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is being continuously targeted for not taking action against tax evaders, it must be mentioned that some officers have been trying their best…

A Moment Of Truth

A moment of truth

The endgame is not only an Afghan problem; some aspects of it are being played out in Pakistan as well. US Secretary of State John Kerry’s circumambulation of Pakistan, before…

Not A Family Business

Not a family business

The May parliamentary elections were deeply flawed in many ways but they were the most free and fair that the country has had so far, with the possible exception of…