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Cyril Almeida

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
Uncertainty

Uncertainty

Nawaz got knocked out because the system was on autopilot, the ones who could save him neutralised by his own stupidity. Published Oct 01, 2017 04:22am
Gridlock

Gridlock

The closer the PTI gets to the PML-N in Punjab, the greater chance it has to overtake it next year . Published Sep 24, 2017 04:54am
The system goes quiet

The system goes quiet

And, it seems, as long as Nawaz is willing to shut up— and possibly stay out of the country— they’re willing to shut up. Updated Sep 17, 2017 11:55am
What are they worth?

What are they worth?

When China and Russia add their voice, it’s new and interesting. These guys don’t care about woolly notions of peace. Published Sep 10, 2017 06:59am
A militarised state

A militarised state

We’ve just been told what kind of country Pakistan will be, but all we can think is, Trump said what? Updated Aug 27, 2017 07:33am
On life support

On life support

Nawaz has no plan. He knows what he wants but he doesn't know how to get it. Updated Aug 20, 2017 08:19am
Roaring back

Roaring back

Nawaz has roared, but what’s his plan? The judiciary has spoken, but how much more are they willing to wreak? Published Aug 13, 2017 07:27am
Collision course

Collision course

And just like that, Nawaz has an unabashed acolyte as PM and a brother who’s still stuck in Lahore. Updated Aug 07, 2017 08:54am