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Asif Ali Zardari: Pakistan's Political Patriarch

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 05.26.2015 | World
Liaquat Ali Khan

Suffering from the lingering image of a money-laundering husband of a world-famous political icon, Benazir Bhutto, former president of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari is fast emerging as an intellectual patriarch of Pakistani politics.

Pakistan's Bully Politics

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Liaquat Ali Khan

Pakistan's bully politics breeds political operators who use verbal insults and threats of physical violence to intimidate opponents. For a legion of cultural reasons, Pakistan encourages, protects, and even romanticizes bully politics.

Back Channel or Front

Sunil Sharan | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
Sunil Sharan

Reestablishment of a diplomatic back channel is an outcome of the recent parlays between Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi and Pakistani prime minister, Nawaz Sharif. But what has the back channel achieved?

Joyless Justice: The Unhappy Legacy of Pakistan's Newly 'Independent' Judiciary

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari | Posted 02.10.2014 | World
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

I am hopeful with the retirement of the infamous Chief Justice, Pakistan will not only have an independent judiciary but an unbiased one as well. Unlike Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, the remaining Justices are the true heroes of the Lawyers' Movement.

"Democracy Is The Best Revenge," President Zardari's Legacy

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari

I can say with some confidence that President Zardari's legacy will be written in golden words. I don't say this as his son, or patron-and-chief of the Pakistan People's Party - but as a student of history.

Post-elections: A Ray of Hope for Pakistanis

Saad Khan | Posted 07.17.2013 | World
Saad Khan

Given the history of coups, Pakistanis need to be given the opportunity to elect their leaders democratically. Continued democratic process is the only way out of Pakistan, a country that is no longer capable of any experiments.

Pakistan Makes History But Can It Do It Again?

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 06.05.2013 | World
Ronak D. Desai

Given these grave challenges, Pakistan's upcoming parliamentary elections constitute a crucial test for its fragile democracy. Will the country's new government be able to address the rapidly deteriorating state of affairs in the country?

Why General Musharraf Still Matters in Pakistan

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 05.18.2013 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

General Musharraf's electoral success or defeat is insignificant, at least in the upcoming elections. But his return will still change the dynamics of Pakistan's politics.

Double Trouble at Home

Sunil Sharan | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
Sunil Sharan

I am a true servant of the Gandhi family, exclaimed SK Shinde upon becoming India's home minister last autumn. As if an affirmation of servitude was not enough, he went on to add that corruption plaguing his government would soon fade from public memory.

When Will Singh Come?

Sunil Sharan | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
Sunil Sharan

No Indian prime minister or president has visited Pakistan since 1998. In contrast, top Pakistani leaders have visited India five times since. What will it take to get India's prime minister, Manmohan Singh, to cross the border?

Pakistan: A Tipping Point?

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 04.08.2013 | World
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

While Pakistan is often dismissed as a "failed state," Mr. Tahirul Qadri clearly tapped into a deep and smoldering discontent on the streets.

Pakistan Supreme Court Should Exercise Judicial Restraint on Presidential Immunity

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 09.12.2012 | World
Liaquat Ali Khan

The case involving presidential immunity has dramatic consequences for Pakistan's seedy political culture that thrives on family legacies, arbitrary pardons, unresolved corruption cases, and lack of accountability.

Where Will the Leadership Come From?

Ethan Casey | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Ethan Casey

Anyone who knows Pakistan knows that it's simplistic to chant (like the sheep in Animal Farm), "Civilians good, military ba-a-a-ad." But it's also true that a military takeover is not only far from out of the question, but likely only to make things worse. So where can we look for leadership?

The Dismissal of Pakistan's Prime Minister: It Could Have Been Worse

Michael Kugelman | Posted 08.21.2012 | World
Michael Kugelman

After the news broke that Pakistan's Supreme Court had ousted Prime Minister Gilani, the U.S. news media went into overdrive. Fears abounded of worst-case scenarios. In fact, there's little reason to assume any of these scenarios will come to pass.

Flailing NATO? Big Questions Surround Obama's Showcase Chicago Summit

William Bradley | Posted 07.19.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

There's a lot of confusion about the ballyhooed NATO Summit in Chicago, intended as a big boost to Obama's geopolitical leadership, showcased in his hometown. Here are some big outstanding questions about NATO's future.

Pakistan's Bhutto Dynasty Reconsidered

Saleem H. Ali | Posted 06.11.2012 | World
Saleem H. Ali

The Pakistan Peoples Party seems incapable of finding leaders outside the Bhutto clan. Why must there be a glass ceiling for leadership in the party that carries disproportionately more power?

The Dynastic Rot in South Asia

Saad Khan | Posted 06.10.2012 | World
Saad Khan

While Pakistan has had a love-hate relationship with democracy, India has consistently remained democratic. After 65 years, it looks abysmal to see the largest democracy in the world still unable to shun dynasticism.

Pakistan: The Irony of It All

Saad Khan | Posted 05.11.2012 | World
Saad Khan

Pakistanis have been jolted by two major shocks this week. Both stories reflect the massive corruption prevalent among politicians and the military.

Official: Professor Sent Anthrax Packet To Pakistani Prime Minister

Posted 04.02.2012 | World

ISLAMABAD -- A university professor sent a packet containing anthrax to the office of Pakistan's prime minister in October last year, his spokesman sa...

Pakistan Democracy: Not on the Brink Yet

Saad Khan | Posted 03.19.2012 | World
Saad Khan

There has been much speculation about the future of democracy in Pakistan these days. Prophets of gloom are seeing generals at the ready. Optimists are hoping for a reconciliation. Reality lies between the two extremes.

The People Pay

Wajid Ali Syed | Posted 03.11.2012 | World
Wajid Ali Syed

Because of years of inaction and putting the interests of politicians over the people they were elected to serve, Pakistan's weak child of a democracy could succumb to the common cold. And the public will pay again.

The Plot Thickens in Pakistan

Saad Khan | Posted 02.22.2012 | World
Saad Khan

Pakistanis hate these presidential antics. They do not want military rule either.

Presidential Circus in Pakistan Must End

Saad Khan | Posted 02.08.2012 | World
Saad Khan

It is common Pakistanis who have suffered at the hands of their leaders -- both civil and military. While they have no say over the latter, they can still show the door to Zardari and his cronies

Is Charisma Enough to Save Pakistan?

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 01.02.2012 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

Imran Khan has populist appeal with his stand against corruption and his criticism of US policy in Pakistan. But will he have enough support and gravitas to lead his country out of its economic slump and lack of moral direction?

An Insecure and Reluctant Partner

Rizwan Ladha | Posted 08.27.2011 | World
Rizwan Ladha

As the Obama administration prepares to shift responsibility for Afghanistan's security and governance to the Afghan people, it must keep in mind the security concerns of its reluctant ally in Islamabad.