Dawn News

Cyril Almeida

A frivolous case

Election officials are not the ISI. There’s little that can be kept secret at the constituency level. Published Jul 26, 2015 01:21am

A tale of two meetings

Modi didn’t want to talk, Modi is a hawk, Modi turned up the heat, Modi is to blame. All true enough on the Pak-India Published Jul 12, 2015 06:51am

Missed opportunity

Nobody thought May 2013 was free and fair. It was, though, credible and acceptable. But credible and acceptable can be Published Jul 05, 2015 05:54am

The politics of fear

Why are the MQM and PPP so impervious to disaster? Updated Jun 28, 2015 03:19pm

The Zardari myth

A sharper, better counselled, more alert Zardari would have done the speech differently. Published Jun 21, 2015 07:00am

India, Pakistan, again

Combined, the Pakistani and Indian responses make for some fireworks and a great deal of noise. But it does little to Published Jun 14, 2015 06:16am

Budget notes

Both the government and the IMF are just kidding around. Each side knows one incontrovertible truth about the other. Updated Jun 07, 2015 10:09am

LG ennui

The basic truth is that both civilian and military dispensations like to centralise power — it’s just that their Updated May 31, 2015 01:31pm

The Bol implosion

Axact became Axact because exactly everyone in the state structure who was supposed to do their job, didn’t do their job Updated May 24, 2015 10:06am

Karachi to Kabul

You can imagine Nawaz going off script, but you can’t imagine Nawaz rewriting the entire script. Updated May 17, 2015 09:33am


Is it a con or is it real? It is both: a performance designed to keep the opponent off balance and the voter preoccupied Updated May 10, 2015 11:26am


What about Nawaz? The man seems lost. And the longer it goes on, the more lost he seems. Updated May 03, 2015 11:55am

Blood and Balochistan

Balochistan is a murky place where murky things happen for murky reasons. Updated Apr 26, 2015 11:40am

Chinese whispers

$46bn is 3times the total FDI Pakistan has received from every country in the world put together over the past 8 years. Updated Apr 19, 2015 09:11am

Sharif and the Saudis

The PML-N owned the reluctance to respond swiftly to the Saudi demands. Updated Apr 12, 2015 09:05am

Resisting Saudi

If it weren’t for Raheel and his boys, we’d already be pounding Yemen and preparing to receive body bags. Updated Apr 05, 2015 09:27am

Strange days

When everyone has skeletons, they all fear the man with the key. Updated Mar 29, 2015 11:54am

PTI rabbit from PML-N hat

What’s the endgame here or the exit strategy if things go wrong or the likely MQM and PPP response? Pabulum, all of it. Updated Mar 22, 2015 12:20pm

Three halves of militancy

Just as Lakhvi is being ushered out of his pen, the Afghan Taliban, we are told, are being herded towards the Published Mar 15, 2015 01:19am

Talking senate

Senate 2015 will not enter the political lexicon as Changa Manga once did, but it almost did — and for reasons that ... Published Mar 08, 2015 06:57am