Cyril Almeida

Imran and Nawaz

Goodbye, crazed, destructive Imran of last August and hello, chastened, reasonable Imran of today? Published Jan 25, 2015 07:22am

Crossroads, again

Much of what was done — or attempted — post-Jan 2002 is being repeated. Updated Jan 18, 2015 10:42am

New Nawaz

Even though Nawaz has lost the meta game, it’s still looking good for him on the civilian side of things. Published Jan 11, 2015 01:38am

OK, goodbye

Peshawar didn’t invent this: Peshawar gave them the excuse. Updated Jan 04, 2015 09:37am


Why would a civilian government manifestly undermine itself, civilians and democratic structures in response to Published Dec 28, 2014 01:52am

Not on their watch

The political and military leadership knows it can happen again. It knows it can’t stop it from happening again. Updated Dec 21, 2014 12:31pm

Peshawar in state of permanent war

Where does Peshawar – and Pakistan itself – go from here? In Peshawar, few appeared to have answers, Updated Dec 18, 2014 08:01am

Will it ever end?

When Imran climbs down, the N-League moves in for the kill, triggering a re-reaction from Imran. Published Dec 14, 2014 01:36am

What strategy?

Boy, is it good to be the boys again. Raheel goes to the US and it’s the greatest thing ever. Updated Dec 07, 2014 02:45pm

Between hope and fear

The PTI is hostage to its leader’s ambition; the PML-N is hostage to its leadership’s fears. Published Nov 30, 2014 07:28am

Nov 3: still a raw wound

There is no explanation given for why the majority judges thought it would be unjust to order a reinvestigation. Updated Nov 23, 2014 11:42am

The PML-N’s best friend

Imran may be the greatest gift the PML-N has ever received — once it became clear Raheel wasn’t going to take over. Published Nov 16, 2014 06:56am

The old and the new

Blasphemy victims are disproportionately the marginalised: often poor, mostly the wrong denomination and always... Published Nov 09, 2014 07:15am

Analysis: Diplomat in trouble

So well known and popular in Pakistani circles is Ms Raphel, a retired US diplomat who was an adviser on Pakistan. Published Nov 08, 2014 06:50am

The resignation game

When politicians argue over the minutiae of the law, you can bet what they’re really squabbling about is politics. Updated Nov 02, 2014 12:51pm

Report card time

It’s not that Nawaz has done anything fundamentally wrong on the governance front; it’s that he’s done few things right. Published Oct 26, 2014 06:38am

The M word

As with everything politics, there is a good way of going about things and a bad way. Published Oct 19, 2014 06:04am

Malala juxtaposed

Malala simplifies it. You listen to her and you immediately figure out what she’s saying is a very good idea. Updated Oct 12, 2014 09:21am

New converts to Imran

The new protester, who last year was a last-minute voter or didn’t get around to voting at all, is angry about May 2013. Published Oct 05, 2014 07:07am

Ticking clock

The militant complex is so ubiquitous now that few even recognise it as an aberration. Published Sep 28, 2014 02:02am