It’s not about being fashionable. Referendums can be dangerous precisely because they are so powerful — and simple.
And the boys, well, when you’re into the domain of suggesting the boys can structurally improve democracy...
Let’s strip away the wonkish complexities and technicalities of the NSG and try and get to some of the basics here.
There’s a reason the London apartments are still, two decades on, the main public symbol of Nawaz’s misdeeds.
You don’t have to be a strategic expert to figure out how leverage works. We want X to do Y. We ask politely.
Convinced that it’s the boys who caused and are stoking the latest instability, the Nawaz coterie is indignant.
Nawaz’s mistake was to argue he hasn’t done anything wrong instead of offering to do something right.
Imran? You know he’s having fun up there on those shipping containers because, gosh, he can’t seem to stay away.
More than two decades on, Imran is where Nawaz was. Nawaz is where nobody was. The boys are where they’ve always been.
In the end, the new playbook prevailed — decapitation was rejected, but the walking dead were left behind.
Rage can be a useful thing and the Sharifs are finding out just how dangerous it can be.
The idea that we can win over the world, or some parts of the world, by dredging up external interference is pabulum.
Raheel and Nawaz have different approaches. But the approaches are rooted in the same equation — how much, how far, how
Brussels is important because it confirms what Paris had revealed: a fourth wave of jihad.
The break from the past had begun — and with it the value of getting Musharraf diminished.
Tens of thousands of jihadis and a handful of nukes versus a diminishing crop of militants but a burgeoning set of nukes
Let’s not kid ourselves. Pakistan isn’t liberal. Pakistan isn’t about to become liberal.
The Pakistan Army has never, ever so relentlessly hunted an enemy that wasn’t India and is Islamist.
The surest thing we’ve learned about Nawaz is that a confident Nawaz makes for a snippy Nawaz.
Let’s assume it wasn’t PIA. It was a bunch of striking public-sector teachers or railways employees or the teeming