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The political battlefield

Last week, crucial economic and political decisions took place in London. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) within the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) was getting cold feet. The party leadership probably had…

Covid-19 & the political unrest

WITH few cases and no deaths from Covid-19 in Pakistan in recent weeks, the pandemic seems to have taken a back seat while political chaos is taking centre stage. The…

No road to stability?

The political drama is reaching its climax. Multiple scenarios are possible; but perhaps none leads to a stable path. Outcomes are uncertain. The opposition’s no-confidence move has coincided with economic…

Cycles of instability

Pakistan’s political sky is once again under the dark clouds of political instability. These cycles of instability come every three to four years and play havoc with the dangling economy…

Half stability?

A recent surge in militant attacks across the border regions became a powerful reminder of rapidly mounting challenges surrounding Pakistan’s future outlook. Coming just months after Prime Minister Imran Khan’s…

Oil prices, virus, instability put Algeria on edge

Algeria faces economic and social turmoil if crude prices continue to collapse, experts have warned, with the oil-dependent country reeling from a year of popular protests, political turmoil and now,…

Prioritising nuclear stability

Open government assessments of the state of India-Pakistan deterrence are rare. A recent US intelligence overview considered a ‘general war’ between the two countries ‘unlikely’ although ‘heightened tensions’ remain a…

Search for a political settlement

Three years ago – on May 6, 2018 – I barely survived an assassination attempt on my life as the interior minister of the country. Although my bullet wounds have…

Season of political challenges

PRIME MINISTER Imran Khan was compelled to seek a vote of confidence from the National Assembly following the defeat of his finance minister in the Senate election. He has now secured this…