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Cyril Almeida

The revenge of the state

What is troubling is how poorly positioned society is — and, worse, will be going forward — to resist the state. Updated Jan 15, 2017 03:16pm

The foreign problem

Sheikhs and potentates will have offers aplenty for the Sharif business empire. Updated Jan 08, 2017 06:06pm

Seven for seventeen

The more you stress normalisation in an environment where no one else wants it, the more out of touch you seem. Updated Jan 01, 2017 02:06am

Report card time

It’s been a rough year and much of it self-inflicted — but Nawaz’s enemies failed to capitalise and so he’s ... Updated Dec 25, 2016 02:52pm

Scandal

The new tradition — if scandal, chutzpah and derring-do can sustain it — smashes the old tradition. Updated Dec 18, 2016 02:18pm

Two transitions

Chaudhry was bad for the system. But his successors have overcompensated. Published Dec 11, 2016 01:05am

The next phase

In a way, it’s good things have been predictable. Because it can help point to where the next flashpoints may... Updated Dec 04, 2016 02:28pm

Number 16

But Nawaz isn’t Zardari — he looks like he could win again. The five-year arc may not apply to him. Updated Nov 27, 2016 05:52pm

Floppy and sloppy

Every time it has a chance to interact with the state and its democratic institutions in a healthy manner, the PTI Published Nov 20, 2016 07:04am

A beautiful, ugly thing

Trump could wreck the world, unleashing the American military leviathan, but is it obvious that he will? Published Nov 13, 2016 03:00am

One, two, three

Think of it as an arc: from Musharraf to Kayani to Raheel to the next chief, a progressive clampdown against groups Published Nov 06, 2016 01:25am

On a knife edge

The dilemma for Nawaz has been that if he cuts one loose, the bleeding will never stop — more and more heads will be Updated Oct 30, 2016 10:06am

An impasse

So the more likely path in the weeks ahead is the less obvious one, one that leaves Nawaz the most powerful PM since Updated Oct 23, 2016 11:48am

A week to remember

The heart races a bit faster when you do something out of the ordinary. Yes, there is always some concern for the self. Updated Oct 16, 2016 09:34am