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ANP targeted again

That the Awami National Party (ANP) has vowed to contest the elections despite having one of its leaders killed in a targeted assassination speaks of true resilience and...

Blair and rendition

Tony Blair might be out of the political theatre. But he is not out of business. Not when his role in the GWOT still follows him everywhere. The last week saw the...

Blackballing democracy

Pakistan’s FATF grey-listing was all but inevitable. Not because the last government did not do its best to implement its own 26-point action plan. But, rather, due to...

Democracy as the best revenge

Pakistan is a country that never forgets. At least when it comes to changing sides. To turning coats to chase someone else’s tails. Nawaz Sharif is a man who knows...

Justice for Bukhari?

The murder of Shujaat Bukhari, founder and editor-in-chief of the English-language daily, Kashmir Rising, is becoming politicised. Sadly. Indian police this week...

Trump’s Muslim travel ban

Donald Trump must be a happy man. The US Supreme Court has just upheld his Muslim travel ban; a controversial move undertaken just one week into the White House....

Political bankruptcy

Ten years of democracy is all it has taken for Pakistan’s mainstream parties to adopt a lackadaisical approach to general elections. Indeed, with less than a month to...

Fourth estate in crisis?

Talking heads and idiot boxes. This sadly sums up the state of Pakistan’s electronic media in the run-up to next month’s general election. For the latter has allowed...

Erdogan’s iron grip

Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not one to let the small matter of an ongoing state of emergency, imposed by his own hand, stand in the way of democracy’s trappings. Indeed,...

Political parties’ democratic deficit

Electables remain the overwhelming power brokers in Pakistani democracy even after two successful five-year democratic terms that, nonetheless, remained marred by...