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Writing A New Script

Writing a new script

In terms of pure political theatre, Tahirul Qadri’s Blue Area ‘revolution’ has been compelling viewing. Many of us were chaos junkies even before cable TV; round-the-clock coverage means that charlatans…

Credibility Of Electoral Rolls

Credibility of electoral rolls

A Credible election must fulfil the following five conditions. The electoral rolls must reflect the true presence of eligible voters in each constituency; each voter must know the location of…

Beginning Of The End

Beginning of the end

Thousands of Shia protesters braved sub-zero temperature for nearly three days as they staged a sit-in in Quetta, refusing to bury 87 victims of the January 10 twin bombings at…

Economic Crisis

Economic crisis

True cost of government operations: Instead of facing the budgetary problem squarely, bureaucrats of the Ministry of Finance have been engaged for a long time in statistical manipulations to conceal…

PPP’s Election Strategy

PPP’s election strategy

The PPP’s election strategy stands on three pillars – coalition politics, development funds and manipulation of the electronic media. There are a hundred National Assembly seats between Rawalpindi and Multan.…

Young Doctors As Leading Screen Villains

Young doctors as leading screen villains

Pakistan’s independent media? This is the greatest fiction of all. The media lends itself so easily to manipulation, at the slightest provocation climbing the high hills of sovereignty and then…

After Baitullah’s Death

After Baitullah’s death

The death of Baitullah Mehsud is no ordinary event in Pakistan’s recent fight against insurgency. By his masterly manipulation of ‘peace deals’ and taking advantage of the vacuum that existed…

Endangered heritage

The Indus Valley Civilisation, stretching over the area that today constitutes Pakistan, is probably the oldest known to mankind. From the remote northern reaches of the Hindu Kush mountains to…

After Baitullah’s Death

After Baitullah’s death

The death of Baitullah Mehsud is no ordinary event in Pakistan’s recent fight against insurgency. By his masterly manipulation of ‘peace deals’ and taking advantage of the vacuum that existed…

When Bad Men Combine…

When bad men combine…

When Marx spoke of the withering away of the state, he envisaged society progressing to a higher stage – a sort of classless utopia. When Pakistanis speak of their state…