Can PPP be brought back to life?

(By Irfan Ghauri) Beset with charges of corruption and flagrant mismanagement in Sindh, the Pakistan Peoples Party, which had coalition governments at the centre and in three provinces from 2008 to 2013, is in hot water. And many within the PPP believe a change of command could salvage their foundering party.

According to them, a . . . → Read More: Can PPP be brought back to life?

Is this PPP’s end?

Legal eye

Political parties too have a sense of immortality like human beings. We know we have to die one day. But, exceptions aside, this immutable fact has little influence on what we do when we are alive. The PPP is like the terminally ill cancer patient with a death wish: the patient who will . . . → Read More: Is this PPP’s end?

Preferential treatment for PTI

By Babar Sattar

WHY does the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) wish to garnish its credentials as a party that isn’t bound by the law and its procedures? Whether it’s Imran Khan’s resolve to oust Nawaz Sharif in a manner not contemplated by the letter or spirit of our Constitution or his call for civil . . . → Read More: Preferential treatment for PTI

Could we be seeing new elections within six months?

By Ikram Sehgal


Imran Khan wowed even the most cynical by holding a series of very successful massive public meetings in Karachi, Lahore and Mianwali. However, tragedy struck as the crowd was dispersing after the huge rally in Multan once Imran had left the Ibne Qasim Bagh Stadium. While the civil administration must be . . . → Read More: Could we be seeing new elections within six months?

Indian Kashmir will be ours – Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the chief of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), on Monday said that the vexed issue of Kashmir was the root cause of hostility between India and Pakistan.

“Much of the ensuing hostility in the subcontinent is due to the festering dispute of Kashmir,” he said.

Bilawal, the scion of highly influential Bhutto family, . . . → Read More: Indian Kashmir will be ours – Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

The decline of Karachi

Clustered diversity

Karachi confuses people – sometimes even those who live in it.

The capital of Pakistan’s Sindh province, it is the country’s largest city – a colossal, ever-expanding metropolis with a population of about 20 million (and growing).

It is also the country’s most ethnically diverse city. But over the last three decades . . . → Read More: The decline of Karachi

Khan: Aiming for Revolutions or Headlines?

Political parties have expressed mixed reaction over Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf’s show on Sunday wherein the PTI managed to attract huge crowd to protest alleged rigging in the May 11, 2013 general election.

A few politicians appreciated Imran for fighting against the rigging and have urged him to take his fight to its logical end.

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This is the era of democratization

When the whole nation was geared up to brace military action against the Taliban, to the surprise of many, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the National Assembly announced that his government would give peace yet another chanceby holding talks with the notorious insurgents.

If the decision of forming a four-member team to negotiate with the . . . → Read More: This is the era of democratization

PPP choosing the right slogans

By Hina Khwaja Bayat

Poor democracy! What a joke it has become. Watching the turn of events today, I am stupefied by the response, words and actions of some of our esteemed journalists, analysts and politicians. How long will they keep flogging this dead horse called democracy?

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Bakhtawar Bhutto graduates in a luxurious manner

By Murtaza Ali Shah

Scottish Police threw a security blanket around the University of Edinburgh as Bkhtawar Bhutto-Zardari graduated in a ceremony of formality, pomp and show.

Watched proudly by her father, President Asif Ali Zardari, her aunt Sanam Bhutto and siblings Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Asifa Bhutto, Bakhtawar was declared a graduate . . . → Read More: Bakhtawar Bhutto graduates in a luxurious manner