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‘I will return’

Sitting in a wheelchair and wearing a deep blue hospital gown, Imran Khan held forth from his hospital room on Friday evening as if he were on the container or…

Terrorist hydra raises its head/s again

Since the victory of the Afghan Taliban in August 2021, and contrary to the fond hopes of our establishment that their ‘friends’ now ensconced in Kabul would help restrain the…

Chefs in the kitchen

Spoilt children are good at making messes, bad at cleaning up. If there ever was a parable for the Pakistani elite, it is this. But there are others. If you…

PM Shehbaz Sharif’s prime challenges

The best thing that could have happened to Shehbaz Sharif on Monday, April 11, 2022 is not that he was voted to the office of the prime minister of Pakistan…

Theatres of abuse

Pakistan is not new to contentious politics. However, the last decade has seen the rise of a politics of abuse and violence, with no one and no institution immune from…

Digitally-enhanced democracy

Like many millions around the world, I have watched in awe, excitement and horror as a new world order has begun to emerge over the last decade and a half.…

Public justice

It is not often that one speech urging the creation of a national public interest law firm, driven by seasoned trial lawyers, would move from words to deeds, from oratory…

Keeping PM Sharif up at night

“Canst thou, O partial sleep, give thy repose/ To the wet sea-boy in an hour so rude;/ And in the calmest and most stillest night,/ With all appliances and means…

Lessons from a by-poll

In the by-poll held on June 16, the MQM-P retained the NA-240 Karachi constituency by a razor-thin margin of just 65 votes. The party managed to pull off a victory…

A surprising win

The PTI has trounced PML-N in the Punjab by-polls. According to unofficial results, the PTI has won 15 out of 20 seats. The PML-N could manage to win just four…