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All the king’s men

All the king’s men

The new, the old, and the usual in Nawaz Sharif’s 2013 cabinet

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Moving beyond the cliché

Moving beyond the cliché

Why ‘the mullah–military alliance’ is an unhelpful term in understanding Pakistani politics

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Securing the system

Securing the system

A move to bring the military into the decision-making process while keeping it under civilian supremacy

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The presidents club

The presidents club

The troubled history of presidential power and its implications

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Towards a naya Karachi

Towards a naya Karachi

While no one can rob the PTI of its symbolic victory, seeing it as culminating into an imminent demise of the MQM would be preposterous.

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Marginal utility

Marginal utility

As things stand, Pakistan is likely to have coalition governments for quite a long time and the party that enjoys majority in Punjab.

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Winning combination

Winning combination

There is a significant difference between forming a government and winning an election.

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Men on a mission

Men on a mission

Tahirul Qadri’s messianic adventurism is in some ways built into our socio-political fabric.

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Know thy voter

Know thy voter

Political parties are paying little heed to non-Muslim voters in their electoral calculations

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One Khan’s gift to another

One Khan’s gift to another

Air Marshal Asghar Khan has pulled out skeletons to create an impression that all politicians have been guilty of dirty tricks.

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