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From fake to real

Cyril Almeida THE lie at the heart of the quest to oust Nawaz from politics was that there was a crisis. That without getting ridding of Nawaz the crisis would metastasise and swallow the rest of us. There was no crisis. Sure, could Pakistan have been doing better? Yes. Was the economy …

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A social democratic alternative

Imtiaz Alam The mainstream parliamentary parties are being eroded as the alignment of democratic forces breaks down and the Charter of Democracy evaporates at the altar of expediency. With this erosion, the spectre of religious extremism and militaristic nationalism is emerging as a principal challenge to progressive democratic forces. It …

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How Chahbar port could heighten India-China tensions

Bloomberg TEHRAN: A remote Iranian port could be the next trigger for geopolitical tensions between rivals China and India. India has pledged more than $500 million to develop the strategically located port of Chabahar — roughly 1,800 kilometers (1,110 miles) from the capital Tehran — since it first expressed interest in 2003. …

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The Pakhtun age of enlightenment: rejection of obscurantism and oppression

Zahid Hussain LISTEN to their cry of pain. Listen to the multitudes demanding justice and a life lived with dignity. They are young Pakhtun men and women who grew up in the midst of conflict and were uprooted from their homes. They saw their near and dear ones being blown …

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Will Pakistan go through a smooth and uncontroversial caretaker nomination process?

PRIME MINISTER Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah are scheduled to meet today for the next round of a constitutionally mandated consultation to nominate a caretaker prime minister ahead of the next general election. With parliament’s term set to expire in less …

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The Nadiya story

Syed Talat Hussain It is alright if you have not heard of Nadiya Savchenko. Ukraine is a country located at a bird-fly distance of 2,356 miles from here and in a region almost totally removed from our geographic orientation maps. Moreover, it is a place pulled apart by global and …

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Obfuscating Balochistan

Tahir Mehdi THE southern border of NA-272 Gwadar-cum-Lasbela, in the newly delimitated electoral constituencies, comprises the entire 800-kilometre-long coastline of Balochistan, starting from Karachi and stretching up to Iran at the western end of Gwadar district. The geographical area of NA-270, encompassing four central Balochistan districts, Panjgur, Washuk, Kharan and Awaran, …

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Serious crisis waiting to happen on the eve of 2018 general elections in Pakistan

Zahid Hussain THE countdown has begun. Just two months are left to the end of the five-year term of the National Assembly, and the ensuing elections may well lead to the second democratic transition from one elected government to another. It would certainly be a milestone in the country’s rocky …

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Trump administration weighing unprecedented political penalties on Pakistan: Report

WASHINGTON: The Trumpadministration is considering “unprecedented political penalties” on Pakistan for harbouring Afghan militants waging war on the US-backed Afghan government, a media report said on Monday. While the report by Foreign Policy news portal gives no timeline for such an action, it says there is growing frustration among lawmakers, and …

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Re-centralisation

Cyril Almeida  THE danger is greater when the goal is bigger, the aim wider. And the goal just became a whole lot bigger. It started with Nawaz, but now it’s out there — the boys want more. A whole lot more. Chicken or egg — did the get-Nawaz plan spawn …

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