Zahid Hussain

Tyrannical tactics

The PTI’s arrogance has become increasingly evident with the swelling of the crowds at its rallies. Updated Dec 17, 2014 07:12am

New strategic cooperation?

The apparent collaboration between Afghanistan and Pakistan signifies the mending of ties. Published Dec 10, 2014 07:36am

Options for Nawaz Sharif

What is most dangerous in this situation is the return of the government to its former ways of hubris. Updated Dec 03, 2014 09:03am

The limits of populism

It is one thing to draw large crowds at rallies and quite another to sustain the momentum. Updated Nov 26, 2014 09:06am

IS: a global challenge

The IS has become a source of inspiration for radical Islamists across the world. Published Nov 12, 2014 07:02am

A dangerous divide

The local government system, and not divisive slogans, should be the MQM’s focus. Updated Oct 29, 2014 09:14am

Beyond the politics of rallies

Lofty promises appeal to a frustrated populace; the danger is such pledges raise expectations that cannot be fulfilled. Updated Oct 22, 2014 05:03am

Can the PPP rise again?

The PPP leadership seems frozen in time, and the party appears to be losing even its traditional support base. Updated Oct 15, 2014 09:01am

Trial and tribulation

Is the MQM finally losing its unchallenged political supremacy over the country’s biggest city? Published Oct 01, 2014 03:43am

A flawed political transition

Political discord in Afghanistan could make it difficult for promises of aid to materialise. Published Sep 24, 2014 01:20am

Competing for jihadi space

The so-called Islamic State has links with various TTP factions and other Pakistani militant groups. Published Sep 10, 2014 01:02am

The real battle

The centre of gravity of political power is being shifted to GHQ. Published Sep 03, 2014 01:14am

Theatre of the absurd

It is now a game of nerves and a battle of marches as the prime minister’s supporters too are taking to the streets. Updated Aug 27, 2014 09:40am

The last episode

The support of parliament is still the biggest strength for the prime minister provided he wakes up from his slumber. Updated Aug 20, 2014 08:57am

Running out of options

Will the prime minister sail through the storm or be swept away by the tide? Updated Aug 13, 2014 02:44am

No winner in the game

An absentee prime minister and a sulking interior minister do not evoke much public faith. Updated Aug 06, 2014 09:36am

A part-time leader

As a leader, the absent Nawaz Sharif is expected to focus on the job for which he was elected. Published Jul 23, 2014 05:41am

How the deal was done

Musharraf failed to realise the shifting power matrix that came with the shedding of his uniform and the 2008 elections. Published Jul 16, 2014 01:03am