Modi’s lost moment to emulate Thatcher

(By Tunku Varadarajan) Watching Narendra Modi govern India, one laments a lost opportunity. His victory in May last year had offered independent India its first clear shot at a free-market conservative government. Sixteen months later, one struggles to find any sustained commitment to market reforms. His recent speech to the Delhi Economic Conclave was a . . . → Read More: Modi’s lost moment to emulate Thatcher

The narrative deficit

It is said that one narrative cannot give you truth, but, different narratives have portions of truth coupled with portions of myth and falsity. It is always important to get all narratives on the front, in order for the targeted audience or any viewer to interpret them as he or she may like. This is . . . → Read More: The narrative deficit

Mirage Revisited

By Enum Naseer

Feelings of doom and gloom continue to overshadow Pakistan’s success with democracy. With the country just days away from its moment of truth- the elections, enthusiastic political advertisements continue to consume much of the space on print, electronic and social media to promise peace and prosperity. Yet, the economy of Pakistan stands . . . → Read More: Mirage Revisited

Angry Bilawal

Bilawal leaves Pakistan after argument with Zardari

Bilawal leaves Pakistan, not to lead PPP election campaign

Bilawal Bhutto leaves Pak after tiff with Zardari over PPP . . . → Read More: Angry Bilawal

Gauging PPP’s 5 year performance

Is third time really a charm in Pakistani politics?

Democracy has been a tough challenge for Pakistan. In its 65 years of history, the democratic process has been hijacked four times by military coups. When elected governments did manage to acquire power, they failed to complete their term. This time was different. This time a . . . → Read More: Gauging PPP’s 5 year performance

Post Election 2013

By Dr Akmal Hussain

As the tempestuous tenure of the present government ends, the political parties are readying themselves for elections. Yet, the morning after the exciting electoral contest the new government will be confronted, with a sobering array of challenges in the economic, security and diplomatic spheres. Let us identify the key issues involved . . . → Read More: Post Election 2013

Sehbai on Kayani: Can’t Live… with or without you

It seems Mr Sehbai is not clear in his own mind about the role he wants the Army to play. He blames Gen Kayani for sitting on the sidelines and letting the country slide into the current mess. Yet he blames 10 years of Army rule which incidentally except for first three years of Musharraf . . . → Read More: Sehbai on Kayani: Can’t Live… with or without you


By Ghalib Sultan

Lahore hosted diplomats and other foreign dignitaries including the Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey at the launch of the new metro bus mass transit system. The launch ceremony went well and Lahorites hoped and prayed that the metro bus is a success and serves the masses. Unfortunately not everyone thought it was . . . → Read More: WHO SPEAKS FOR PAKISTAN?

Sharifs sweep by-elections in Punjab

By-elections are often ignored as nothing more than parties reclaiming a seat they had lost to some unfortunate incident or disqualification. In the last five years multiple by-elections have taken place and in most cases they have produced nothing exciting or out of the ordinary.

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One vote: one step closer

The state of affairs in Pakistan does not permit its residents to remain aloof from politics. Insecurity and job instability in a country with double digit inflation is a rising concern for many middle class families and even upper class families have begun to fear for their future. Energy shortages and red tape has shut . . . → Read More: One vote: one step closer