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Pakistan Politics

Even Without a Coup, the Military Has Already Won in Pakistan

Husain Haqqani | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Husain Haqqani

Many Pakistanis are torn between their support for democracy and civilian control of the military, on the one hand, and their desire for social and political reform, on the other. Just as Sharif is the flawed advocate of democracy, Khan and Qadri's calls for reform have been tainted by their covert ties with the military and its intelligence arms.

At Least 3 Killed As Protesters Clash With Pakistan Police

AP | ASIF SHAHZAD and ZARAR KHAN | Posted 10.31.2014 | World

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Anti-government protesters armed with slingshots and hammers clashed repeatedly with police Sunday in the Pakistani capital, and th...

Pakistan's Protest Leader Looks Isolated As Crisis Reaches Crossroads

Reuters | Posted 10.28.2014 | World

By Maria Golovnina and Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan appeared isolated ...

Obsessed With India, Pakistan Risks Anarchy

Husain Haqqani | Posted 10.22.2014 | World
Husain Haqqani

Since independence, Pakistanis have been told that their country is a "citadel of Islam," that its destiny is to be an Islamic state and its army is "the sword of Islam." Advocates of modern, secular values, even pluralism, are denigrated as "enemies of the ideology of Pakistan." Pakistan's establishment, led by its military, also seeks parity with India, not only in the legal sense of sovereign equality between nations but in military and political terms. This ideological milieu has helped religious-political groups exercise greater influence on national discourse than is justified and led to the outgrowth of jihadi groups, one more extreme than the other.

Why Is the Burqa a Buzzword?

Farahnaz Zahidi | Posted 10.27.2013 | World
Farahnaz Zahidi

We are honestly just as normal or as crazy as the rest of the women of the world. We laugh. We cry. We make mistakes. We are women who earn for their families and we are women who are home-makers, or we are both.

Politics in Pakistan -- Failed by the Feudal System

Alayna Ahmad-Benson | Posted 07.30.2013 | World
Alayna Ahmad-Benson

The recent election in Pakistan was disappointing for former cricket legend Imran Khan, the charismatic candidate for hope and change.

Election Day in Pakistan: Will Violence Derail Democracy?

Michael Kugelman | Posted 07.10.2013 | World
Michael Kugelman

Never before has one democratically elected government handed power to another. However, recent events suggest the election could make history of a very different kind -- Pakistan's most violent ballot ever.

A Political Breakthrough For Pakistan's Transgender Community

Agence France Presse | Khurram Shahzad | Posted 06.18.2013 | Gay Voices

Stereotyped as dancers, beggars and prostitutes, Pakistan's vibrant but shunned transgender community is striking out into politics with individuals c...

Musharraf Returns To Pakistan Amid Death Threats

AP | REBECCA SANTANA and JAMIL KHAN | Posted 05.24.2013 | World

KARACHI, Pakistan — Former President Pervez Musharraf returned home Sunday hoping to make a political comeback despite Taliban death threats and...

The Alternate Narrative: Hope, Transformation, Possibility

Xenia Dormandy | Posted 03.13.2013 | World
Xenia Dormandy

Many have noted a profound belief in a new path for Pakistan that could soon be realized. It is not a question of change eventually, but of change now.

Bhutto's Only Son Launches Political Career

Reuters | Posted 02.26.2013 | World

By Aisha Chowdhry and Katharine Houreld ISLAMABAD Dec 27 (Reuters) - The 24-year-old only son of assassinated former P...

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.

Pakistan's Institutional Troubles

Aziz Nayani | Posted 06.30.2012 | World
Aziz Nayani

There has always been friction between the military and the elected government in Pakistan, but we now also see friction between the different components of the formal, constitutional branches of government.

Fearing Coup, Pakistani PM Called British Diplomat

AP | HEIDI VOGT and KATHY GANNON | Posted 03.14.2012 | World

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's prime minister appealed for support Friday from parliament in a standoff between his beleaguered government and the milit...

Pakistan's Political Crisis Escalates

AP | CHRIS BRUMMITT | Posted 03.12.2012 | World

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan's prime minister fired the defense secretary Wednesday in a dispute over a memo sent to Washington that has enraged the arm...

Former Pakistani President Faces Big Challenge

AP | ASHRAF KHAN | Posted 03.09.2012 | World

KARACHI, Pakistan — Former President Pervez Musharraf announced Sunday he would return to Pakistan later this month and prepare for elections, s...

Resignation a Sign of Strengthening Democracy

Syed Yahya Hussainy | Posted 01.28.2012 | World
Syed Yahya Hussainy

Ironically, the fallout from the present controversy actually shows signs that hopes for a democratic Pakistan are coming true.

Pakistan Deserves the Opportunity to Succeed

Syed Yahya Hussainy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Syed Yahya Hussainy

Terrorism will always make headlines, but given the political jockeying in Pakistan, many media groups are running alarmist, nearly hysterical headlines predicting the imminent doom of Pakistani democracy.

Sharif Eyed By U.S. As Partner In Pakistan

nytimes.com | 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...

Pakistani ruling coalition moves to oust Musharraf

AP | MATTHEW PENNINGTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — After months of internal bickering, Pakistan's governing coalition announced Thursday it will seek to impeach President Pe...