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Abuse as political weapon

Our society has never been quite free of the penchant to abuse but, of late, one has witnessed a phenomenal increase in this indulgence, particularly in the domain of politics.…

Imposing leadership

Since the creation of Pakistan, artificial leadership has been imposed on its people, which has not only undermined the federation but also damaged the social fabric of the country. This…

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…

Political polarization

Somalia is in a political crisis. For the first time in the country’s recent history, the four-year mandate of Parliament and the executive has expired without the selection – or…

True leadership

There is no harm in Bilawal Bhutto’s proposal that a vote of no-confidence against the PM should be tried. It has always been an option of the PDM. Both the…

Senate polls & political malaise

RECENT controversies over the form and nature of the Senate election lay bare some long-standing and fundamental problems with Pakistan’s political landscape. The first, and what some may call the…

The political chessboard

POLITICS is a war of nerves and political battles can result in terrible mistakes. What happened in the NA-75 by-election last week shows how one incident can unravel politics in…

Political morality

THERE’S no denying the economic collapse under the PTI, or the capitulation of all parties that squandered the opportunity for a democratic corrective by passing the amendment to the Army…

Leadership matters

SO we are back to a ‘smart lockdown’ after a month of mayhem that has seen a relentless rise in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country. There…

Pakistan’s angry political culture

THE political culture of a country always evolves. But not necessarily in a positive direction. As elsewhere in the world, politics in Pakistan has long had unseemly dimensions. Political leaders…