Dawn News

Cyril Almeida

One country, three policies

There’s Nawaz, as epitomised by Ufa. There’s the FO, with its four points at the UNGA. And then there’s the boys Published Oct 04, 2015 01:56am

King Raheel

It’s easy to forget that we’ve seen all of this before. Published Sep 20, 2015 07:41am

Deterrence on steroids

Credible minimum deterrence was simple, elegant — and enough. But then, the boys decided it was not enough. Published Sep 13, 2015 01:16am

The Modi effect

The two basic Indian goals — turning India into an economic powerhouse and securing India — are intertwined. Doing the Published Sep 06, 2015 01:36am

Gibraltar, Grand Slam and war

We don’t have to rely on uninformed opinion, because there is a uniformed one available. Updated Aug 30, 2015 11:44am

Blame Nawaz

There’s no point in talking about Kashmir. Not now. But there is a way to do it. Updated Aug 23, 2015 01:28pm

Petulant PML-N

Politicians are funny folk. They tend to chafe when others encroach. Published Aug 16, 2015 05:58am

Rewriting history

Curiously, none of the judges thought to examine how a constitutional amendment is passed. Published Aug 09, 2015 07:53am

The old dream

Why is a serious and sustained Afghan Taliban presence in Afghanistan in Pakistan’s interest? Published Aug 02, 2015 07:09am

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