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Cyril Almeida

The system goes quiet

The system goes quiet

And, it seems, as long as Nawaz is willing to shut up— and possibly stay out of the country— they’re willing to shut up. Updated Sep 17, 2017 11:55am
What are they worth?

What are they worth?

When China and Russia add their voice, it’s new and interesting. These guys don’t care about woolly notions of peace. Published Sep 10, 2017 06:59am
A militarised state

A militarised state

We’ve just been told what kind of country Pakistan will be, but all we can think is, Trump said what? Updated Aug 27, 2017 07:33am
On life support

On life support

Nawaz has no plan. He knows what he wants but he doesn't know how to get it. Updated Aug 20, 2017 08:19am
Roaring back

Roaring back

Nawaz has roared, but what’s his plan? The judiciary has spoken, but how much more are they willing to wreak? Published Aug 13, 2017 07:27am
Collision course

Collision course

And just like that, Nawaz has an unabashed acolyte as PM and a brother who’s still stuck in Lahore. Updated Aug 07, 2017 08:54am
Goodbye, Nawaz

Goodbye, Nawaz

There’s no precedent for unwinding a Supreme Court judgement during a democratic spell and there won’t be. Updated Jul 30, 2017 11:22am
A catastrophic miscalculation

A catastrophic miscalculation

"He probably thought they’d take it to the edge and then let him off. He didn’t read the signs." Updated Aug 02, 2017 08:14am
Ducks not in a row

Ducks not in a row

Ouster the old-fashioned way is about getting rid of someone now and dealing with the future later. Published Jul 23, 2017 07:28am
Not dead yet

Not dead yet

Devastating as the JIT report is, it’s kept the knife poised above Nawaz, not plunged it in. Published Jul 16, 2017 03:10am
A stalled democracy

A stalled democracy

A tragedy of our democracy is that it is made out to be about someone else’s loss. Published Jul 09, 2017 06:59am
The strangest plot

The strangest plot

For all its weaknesses, the mere existence of an independent prime minister’s office is a potential threat because it’s Published Jul 02, 2017 04:25am
The militancy trap

The militancy trap

Somewhere, someone knows the same. Somewhere, someone, here in this land, has decided that it’s a price worth paying Published Jun 25, 2017 04:16am
Warning signs

Warning signs

Messy continuity — it shouldn’t just be within reach, it should have been the only option by now. But it’s not. Published Jun 18, 2017 07:23am
Pulling back

Pulling back

There’s nothing like a whiff of normality to dispel a sense of political crisis. Published Jun 11, 2017 02:55am
Paranoia and miscalculation

Paranoia and miscalculation

The mistake the N-League has made is that it doesn’t understand the court. Published Jun 04, 2017 01:29am
Missing agenda

Missing agenda

Cleaning up your own mess isn’t the most appealing of things. So a kind of restraint has been visible. Updated May 28, 2017 01:53am
The Jadhav trap

The Jadhav trap

Pakistan is not stuck in the ICJ, but Jadhav was never about legal minutiae. It was about teaching India a lesson. Updated May 21, 2017 06:52am
The wrong consensus?

The wrong consensus?

Nawaz seems stuck in the same gear — he has a vision and he’ll somehow get to that vision by never reacting to the bad Updated May 14, 2017 01:32am
Roar versus silence

Roar versus silence

Do both sides know how to navigate this new world of the non-takeover and set new rules? Updated May 07, 2017 07:46am