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Nawaz Sharif

Election Day: The Battle in Pakistan & Washington to Stop Imran Khan

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 07.10.2013 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Whether or not Khan's party wins big on Saturday, it's already won the hearts and minds of tens of millions of Pakistanis. And that alone seems to be the most threatening thing of all.

Pakistan Goes to the Polls: The Promise and Potential

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 07.08.2013 | World
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

Can the country reinvent itself with a clear eye on the challenges and opportunities it faces in South Asia -- at the age of 65 in its new political incarnation -- even as it is flanked by Afghanistan and India?

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?

Key Players In Pakistan's Elections

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 03.16.2013 | World

At the end of its five-year term, Pakistan's government stepped down Saturday, a milestone for a country that has struggled with democratic and peacef...

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?

The Naivety of Taliban

Malik Siraj Akbar | Posted 12.19.2012 | World
Malik Siraj Akbar

Condemning the Taliban for their human rights abuses will not democratize Pakistan or Afghanistan. There is an urgent need to understand where the Taliban mindset emanates from and who else is responsible for mushrooming this scary world of intolerance and violence.

SKMH Allegations Demonstrate PML-N Do Not Understand Philanthropy

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 10.06.2012 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

The recent allegations against PTI chairman, Imran Khan, suggesting that he misused Shaukat Khanum Hospital funds in a failed real estate deal is a smokescreen typically raised by opposition political parties.

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

Corruption - Pakistan's Past and Future Challenges

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 11.29.2011 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

Certainly the people of Pakistan deserve a political alternative to the vicious indifference of the current administration.

Amid Violence, Pakistanis Debate New Provinces

Saad Khan | Posted 10.08.2011 | World
Saad Khan

"The current debate has opened Pandora's Box and is bound to create acrimony in the already tattered national fabric of Pakistan," a senior constitutional lawyer told me.

Marhaba Ben Ali! U.S. Ally Houses Tunisia's Dictator

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

Good ol' Saudi Arabia. If you're a corrupt and fleeing Sunni despot, you'll always have a home in Saudi. Just ask their latest refugee, the very recently former President of Tunisia, Mr. Zine El Abedine Ben Ali.

Pakistan Taking the Wrong Lessons From American Politics

Syed Yahya Hussainy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Syed Yahya Hussainy

Pakistan looks to the US for lessons in how to play politics. Some of these have been positive. But other, uglier parts of American politics are influencing a polarization in Pakistan's politics as well.

General Kayani's "Silent Coup" in Pakistan: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

Lahore Bombings and the Future of Pakistan

Howard Schweber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Howard Schweber

LAHORE, Pakistan Last night, either two or three suicide bombers attacked a Sufi shrine here in Lahore. The toll is presently estimated at 40 dead ...

Dangerous Repurcussions of Religious Extremism in the Punjab

Saad Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Saad Khan

One wonders why these attacks are mostly concentrated in the Punjab when all provinces have Muslim majority populations. The answer lies in the blatant Islamization carried out by extremist organizations.

Minus One, Two or Three: Pakistani Politics Is Business Unusual

Hisham Wyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hisham Wyne

Given that a concentrated campaign is underway to ensure that due democratic process is freed from future army interference and Pakistan is stabilized in the face of persistent existentialist threats, decapitating the political system by removing party heads is not smart.

Sharif Acquitted: Pakistani Court Dismisses 1999 Hijacking Charge, Lifts Ban Against Running For Office

AP | RASOOL DAWAR and MUNIR AHMAD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MIR ALI, Pakistan — Pakistani fighter jets flattened a suspected Taliban hide-out in the northwest early Saturday, killing six associates of a t...

Nawaz Sharif Can Contest Elections: Pakistan Supreme Court

DAWN.COM | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday lifted a ban on opposition leader and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif holding office and contesting...

Obama's Missed Opportunity

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

If Obama expects to defeat John McCain, who indeed has more foreign policy experience, he must be more willing to challenge his opponent's record.

Pakistan: How Did We Get Here?

Huffington Post Contributor | Ahsan Butt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Pakistanis of all stripes -- from the media to the public, the political leadership to the military -- must unite in the face of this threat.

Pakistani Taliban Want Control Beyond Swat: Sharif

The International News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Pakistan's top opposition leader, former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, expressed concern Monday about a controversial peace deal with Islamist militan...

Sharif Criticizes Obama's Regional Strategy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Nawaz Sharif, the Pakistani opposition leader and former prime minister, on Wednesday criticised the new US strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, tel...

Sharif Eyed By U.S. As Partner In Pakistan | JANE PERLEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

LAHORE, Pakistan -- The opposition leader, Nawaz Sharif, sealed his place as the most popular politician in Pakistan this month when he defied his hou...

Pakistan Appeals Ruling Against Sharifs

DAWN.COM | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan government filed appeals on Thursday to overturn a court ruling that banned opposition leader Nawaz Sharif and his brother Sha...

Pakistan's Long March to Democracy

Wajahat Ali | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Wajahat Ali

The U.S., which provided support to General Zia and Musharraf's dictatorships, should use its diplomatic resources to force the reinstatement of Chief Justice Chaudhry and the independent judiciary.