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Cyril Almeida

The Afghanisation of politics

The Afghanisation of politics

As the government stumbles from crisis to crisis it’s increasingly hard to figure out what this was and is all about. Updated Dec 09, 2018 07:45am
The road to nowhere

The road to nowhere

Another historic fiasco is in the making with the IK-Asad Umar combo as PM and FM. Published Dec 02, 2018 07:01am
Incentives to govern

Incentives to govern

The tyranny of numbers quickly asserted itself and then it didn’t matter what Imran thought before. Updated Nov 25, 2018 07:31am
Ninety days

Ninety days

PTI turned the political volume to maximum for several years and are struggling to turn it down to a reasonable level. Updated Nov 18, 2018 07:26am
Back to comedy

Back to comedy

The big question, seemingly: will it stick? But if it won’t stick, then what’s the point in doing all of this? Published Nov 11, 2018 07:03am
The third phase

The third phase

The extremist in the ascendant is also linked to what’s happened to the country. Updated Nov 05, 2018 12:56pm
A dangerous path

A dangerous path

What thrills the PTI base doesn’t mean it works on the national stage. Updated Oct 29, 2018 03:06pm
Storm clouds

Storm clouds

The next nine months will not be pretty for the PTI fiscally. Which could trigger Imran to do something reckless to Published Sep 23, 2018 06:40am
Why this way?

Why this way?

It is fairly obvious: the same methods used to shout down and drown out an opponent can be redirected and used to Published Sep 16, 2018 06:35am
Two disconnects

Two disconnects

Governance is already off-track because Imran has been gallivanting around making wild promises, ruling through optics. Updated Sep 09, 2018 03:17pm
PM or change?

PM or change?

Even in an age of pretence, Imran will only be able to hide so long that he wants to be PM more than he wants to fix Published Sep 02, 2018 06:57am
Soft and squishy?

Soft and squishy?

Imran is a populist with actual popular appeal. Published Aug 26, 2018 07:39am
Imran time is here

Imran time is here

There’s more good news for Imran. He’s got quite a good opening stretch to look forward to in the kind of stuff... Published Aug 19, 2018 07:20am
Three possibilities

Three possibilities

The Khanista just wants to feel better about himself and this land of ours. Published Aug 12, 2018 07:10am
Hostage to numbers

Hostage to numbers

It helps that the system is already geared towards the authoritarian-democrat. Parties are a top-down venture here. Updated Aug 05, 2018 01:03pm
The next five years

The next five years

Messier could delay Imran’s plans, but messier could also bring the whole damn thing crashing down on everyone’s heads. Updated Jul 30, 2018 07:56pm
The battle for central Punjab

The battle for central Punjab

Why is central Punjab so fiercely divided? Why are folk there unable to choose decisively between Imran and Nawaz? Published Jul 22, 2018 07:58am
Carnage and sitting ducks

Carnage and sitting ducks

Why bother with the knock to judicial reputation if NAB can be made to do the job? Updated Jul 15, 2018 11:16am
Prime Minister Khan

Prime Minister Khan

Win but hand the keys of PM House to someone else? No thank you, Nawaz had all but announced. And that was before Updated Jul 09, 2018 07:42am