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Cyril Almeida

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
Losing while winning

Losing while winning

It’s been quite a week. Multiple crises, many players, but one man at the centre of it all: Nawaz. Updated Apr 30, 2017 10:21pm
Year five: victory or curse?

Year five: victory or curse?

The court may have just handed Nawaz a tool to prise away a part of the PTI’s core. Published Apr 23, 2017 06:52am
We, the evil

We, the evil

The only thing we don’t know and the thing we must fear is that the next time may come quicker; that instead of years, Updated Apr 16, 2017 02:32pm
The dream lives on?

The dream lives on?

This business of trashing the second to last chief and opposing the last one’s Saudi sinecure, it’s vintage Imran. Published Apr 09, 2017 01:09am
Different but same

Different but same

Like it or not, advertently or inadvertently, Bajwa has got his political toes wet. Updated Apr 02, 2017 10:03am
Old wounds, new history

Old wounds, new history

The more exotic the fear, the better — it prevents debate on even the more reasonable aims that the civilians may have.. Published Mar 26, 2017 07:00am
The war against online

The war against online

More interesting are the attacks on the alleged transmitter of the latest alleged mischief: the world of online. Published Mar 19, 2017 07:20am
Panama time

Panama time

The endless embarrassments of the last year have shown that the apples have fallen far from the tree of Abbaji. Published Mar 12, 2017 07:24am
Hybrid courts

Hybrid courts

The custodians of democracy in Pakistan don’t really subscribe to the core values of our constitutional democracy. Published Mar 05, 2017 07:10am
A return to confusion

A return to confusion

For a decade or so, we were slowly zooming in, pinching our fingers closer; now we’re zooming out, spreading our fingers Published Feb 26, 2017 07:01am
The gates of hell

The gates of hell

This mess we’re in now, this business of having a rival in Kabul instead of an ally — we helped make it happen. Updated Feb 19, 2017 02:18pm
AfPak again

AfPak again

Yet another round of American silliness can have a damaging effect on Pakistan. Published Feb 12, 2017 01:33am
A secretive conversation

A secretive conversation

The conversation about what to do with the good jihadis isn’t going to be held by the average Pakistani. Updated Feb 05, 2017 10:47am
Shabbiness all round

Shabbiness all round

The court clearly wants the circus outside to end. But it’s trapped in a situation partly of its own making. Published Jan 29, 2017 06:36am
Status quo

Status quo

Politically, Nawaz didn’t need to prove he is clean; Nawaz just had to prove that he isn’t Asif Zardari-level dirty. Updated Jan 23, 2017 09:40am
The revenge of the state

The revenge of the state

What is troubling is how poorly positioned society is — and, worse, will be going forward — to resist the state. Updated Jan 15, 2017 03:16pm