A Plan B is needed if talk efforts with the Afghan Taliban fail again.
Dr Niaz Murtaza
Like the Bushes, the Sharifs lack the ‘vision thing’ or strong ideology.
Terrorism is seen as the result of using religion politically.
Dictatorships have always left Pakistan in worse shape.
Rosy reviews about the country must be assessed dispassionately.
Partition has paid off economically.
The state is not going far enough to dismantle Zia’s legacy.
Tensions have increased between northern and southern elites.
Mission creep is evident in Sindh.
It is the fear of NGOs revealing HR abuses that leads to bans.
There is a vicious circular relationship between societal inegalitarianism and bad governance.
One would expect Pakistan to squirm, blink and be responsive.
The most common fallacy in politics is argumentum ad hominem: evading the topic by personally attacking opponents.
The PR electoral system has its drawbacks.
We have yet to define our creed clearly.
The three most critical policy domains are anti-poor.
Our worst political crises all started under dictatorship.
We need a better goal than materialism.
Political collapses usually occur in undemocratic states.
Muslims must discourage violent responses within their societies.