Nadeem F. Paracha

SMOKERS’ CORNER: PAKISTAN'S POPULIST JUDGES

SMOKERS’ CORNER: PAKISTAN'S POPULIST JUDGES

Recent judicial activism maintains precedents set by now-retired populist judges, whose verdicts badly disturbed country’s politics, economics and judicial system. Updated 19 May, 2024 11:40am
SMOKERS’ CORNER: KHAN AND THE GENERALS

SMOKERS’ CORNER: KHAN AND THE GENERALS

Imran was convinced that May 9-10 protests were an attempt to rally support amongst "pro-Khan" factions in the military. However, any military intervention was drastically overestimated by his supporters. Updated 12 May, 2024 10:55am
SMOKERS’ CORNER: REALITY VERSUS PERCEPTION

SMOKERS’ CORNER: REALITY VERSUS PERCEPTION

While hypotheses created by political scientists can pass a test or fail it, many analysts are now lazily relying on social media chatter to determine their views. Updated 28 Apr, 2024 10:32am
SMOKERS’ CORNER: PERNICIOUS POLARISATION

SMOKERS’ CORNER: PERNICIOUS POLARISATION

In countries like Pakistan, where political polarisation continues to simmer and is not addressed, it can gradually mutate to become "pernicious polarisation". Updated 21 Apr, 2024 11:24am
SMOKERS’ CORNER: WHO ARE 'THE AWAAM?

SMOKERS’ CORNER: WHO ARE 'THE AWAAM?

The word denoting ‘the masses’ is often used recklessly by political commentators and the media, leading to glib understandings that negate class. Updated 14 Apr, 2024 10:43am
SMOKERS’ CORNER: FOSTERING 'PUNJABIYAT'

SMOKERS’ CORNER: FOSTERING 'PUNJABIYAT'

PPP’s version of Sindhi nationalism has the ability to merge seamlessly with Pakistani federalism, and it can also dilute radical religious and political threats. Updated 24 Mar, 2024 11:07am
SMOKERS’ CORNER: MAULANA FAZL’S MEN IN SINDH

SMOKERS’ CORNER: MAULANA FAZL’S MEN IN SINDH

The JUI-F’s brand of conservative politics might have given the party a foothold in northern Sindh, but it is unlikely to challenge PPP’s supremacy in the province. Updated 10 Mar, 2024 10:57am
SMOKERS’ CORNER: PERFORMATIVE PROVOCATEURS

SMOKERS’ CORNER: PERFORMATIVE PROVOCATEURS

‘Simulated subversion’ or ‘designer resistance’ may seem to be revolutionary but is largely staged and very much part of the mainstream ethos that it claims to be subverting. Published 25 Feb, 2024 07:25am
SMOKERS’ CORNER: RIDING THE EMOTIONAL VOTE

SMOKERS’ CORNER: RIDING THE EMOTIONAL VOTE

Unlike in 2018, the PTI’s success at the polls this time has been wholly powered by voters’ negative emotions, a response to the crackdown against the party. Published 18 Feb, 2024 07:20am
SMOKERS’ CORNER: ESCAPING THE HYBRID CYCLE

SMOKERS’ CORNER: ESCAPING THE HYBRID CYCLE

The long-standing intervention of Pakistan’s military establishment in politics can only be broken if the country’s politicians learn to play their cards right. Published 11 Feb, 2024 07:49am
SMOKERS’ CORNER: THE WAY WE VOTE

SMOKERS’ CORNER: THE WAY WE VOTE

Contrary to popular belief, the average Pakistani voter is less interested in voting for political ideologies that appeal to one’s emotions. Published 21 Jan, 2024 07:21am