Cyril Almeida

It’s not about PIA

The PPP’s response to the PIA debacle has been predictable — and you know the fire and brimstone is linked to the ... Published Feb 07, 2016 06:49am

Three men, three questions

Kayani's extension defined him – but it also constrained him. Raheel has to know that. Updated Jan 31, 2016 01:33pm

The Afghan connection

Who in this world really believes that Afghanistan will ever be stable? Now or possibly ever? Published Jan 24, 2016 01:39am


What happens later, happens later; for now, all that matters is that we didn’t have to seem defiant. Published Jan 17, 2016 05:06am

After Pathankot

After all, every good citizen loves a good jihadi. New friends could be regaled with wondrous stories in the corner Published Jan 10, 2016 02:14am

The Nawaz way

Stable economy, internal security — Pakistan was looking good again. And suddenly Nawaz was everywhere again. Published Jan 03, 2016 01:45am

The Nawaz and Modi show

In the ugly parlance of dialogue, the low-hanging fruit can’t be plucked by wattage and theatre alone. Published Dec 27, 2015 06:16am

The upswing

There’s something odd about the smartest militants — they are horrifically violent. It’s where their cleverness comes Published Dec 20, 2015 04:51am

Between hope and despair

Modi changed his mind, we’re told. Fine. But who changed ours? Published Dec 13, 2015 02:55am

The terror threat

The communal tensions across the border is likely stoking jihadi flames. Published Dec 06, 2015 01:15am

It’s good to be the Taliban

If you could dream of a partner, there isn’t one better — with more advantage and less cost to yourself — than the Published Nov 29, 2015 01:55am

A trip to forget

It’s like the Americans are trying to say, look, we have business to do and we’ll do that business with you, but we Published Nov 22, 2015 02:20am

Duelling statements

Raheel is experienced enough now.He knows that you can’t just order things to be fixed. That’s not how things work here. Published Nov 15, 2015 06:52am

Nawaz is back

Neither pandering to the right-wing nor helping out the left — that’s pretty much new Nawaz on social issues. Published Nov 08, 2015 01:22am

The third tier

The secret of the 18th Amendment is that it’s exposed the politicians even more. Published Nov 01, 2015 01:17am

A working transaction

The real problem is on the Pakistani side. Because it is a security relationship and it is a relationship with the Published Oct 18, 2015 06:39am

PML-N forever?

By now, here in 2015, it’s become fairly obvious: the PML-N is about as rubbish at governing as the PPP was. Published Oct 11, 2015 01:48am

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