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Cyril Almeida

The zero man

The zero man

There’s nothing really — nothing new, significant or potentially lasting — that Imran has added to politics here. Updated Feb 18, 2018 07:22am
Mardan vs Faizabad

Mardan vs Faizabad

By killing the brightest in their midst, the killers were telling all of us what kind of future they want for this place Published Feb 11, 2018 06:37am
More trouble

More trouble

By jumping the gun and firing off in all directions, the timeline for judicial controversy has been brought forward. Published Feb 04, 2018 07:03am
The outrage machine

The outrage machine

The rage, the outrage, really kicked in and was sustained with that photo. The girl in the photo looks like she could Published Jan 28, 2018 07:31am
Hung parliament

Hung parliament

Never say never in an engineered outcome, but it would still be a slog for the PTI to get that far. Published Jan 21, 2018 06:58am
The right moment

The right moment

The people can’t be trusted to deliver the right result and massaging the process takes a bunch of doing. Published Jan 14, 2018 07:28am
The Haqqani dilemma

The Haqqani dilemma

Look to what the Trump administration is asking of Pakistan: what are the Haqqanis worth to you? Published Jan 07, 2018 07:00am
A new year

A new year

The very chatter of an NRO is acknowledgement of Nawaz’s continuing political strength. Updated Jan 01, 2018 03:58pm
Pulling back

Pulling back

For all his disruptiveness, Imran has not yet proved to be the great destroyer he is feared to be. Published Dec 24, 2017 07:02am
A lifeline for Nawaz?

A lifeline for Nawaz?

A messy political world is about the best of political worlds for Nawaz right now. Published Dec 17, 2017 07:32am
Shahbaz in trouble

Shahbaz in trouble

The problem is Shahbaz hasn’t been able to step out of Nawaz’s shadow. Published Dec 10, 2017 07:01am
A minority government?

A minority government?

We’re dealing with what Nawaz may think he can get away with, not what’s the best government for the rest of us. Published Dec 03, 2017 07:18am
Ungovernable

Ungovernable

The slow poisoning of state and society has turned explosive. From here, what will be, will be. Updated Nov 26, 2017 10:49am
End this misery

End this misery

Nawaz is done. Maybe he doesn’t know it yet, but we don’t have to pretend he knows what he’s doing. Updated Nov 19, 2017 11:21pm
The election conundrum

The election conundrum

A judicial thunderbolt every couple of months until next August could be the most welcome of political gifts. Published Nov 12, 2017 06:53am
Artificialness

Artificialness

Could the PML-N have done better if it hadn’t been artificially forced into a succession crisis? Published Nov 05, 2017 06:45am
The coup trap

The coup trap

If there’s a takeover, it’s easy enough to guess what it would look like: a reboot of Musharraf’s first spell. Updated Oct 29, 2017 07:25am
Turf war

Turf war

Deciphering the political strategy on both sides of the divided House of Sharif. Updated Oct 22, 2017 07:43am
Much ado

Much ado

Why did the Americans not do something when the family was on Afghan soil is the question being asked. Published Oct 15, 2017 07:03am
Coup talk

Coup talk

It’s as if we still have a new chief; a fresher still finding his feet. Published Oct 08, 2017 04:08am