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Cyril Almeida

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The foreign problem

Sheikhs and potentates will have offers aplenty for the Sharif business empire. Updated Jan 08, 2017 06:06pm

Seven for seventeen

The more you stress normalisation in an environment where no one else wants it, the more out of touch you seem. Updated Jan 01, 2017 02:06am

Report card time

It’s been a rough year and much of it self-inflicted — but Nawaz’s enemies failed to capitalise and so he’s ... Updated Dec 25, 2016 02:52pm


The new tradition — if scandal, chutzpah and derring-do can sustain it — smashes the old tradition. Updated Dec 18, 2016 02:18pm

Two transitions

Chaudhry was bad for the system. But his successors have overcompensated. Published Dec 11, 2016 01:05am

The next phase

In a way, it’s good things have been predictable. Because it can help point to where the next flashpoints may... Updated Dec 04, 2016 02:28pm

Number 16

But Nawaz isn’t Zardari — he looks like he could win again. The five-year arc may not apply to him. Updated Nov 27, 2016 05:52pm