Punjab By-Elections: Imran Khan’s Populist Rhetoric Wins

This is the time for Pakistan’s establishment to smell the coffee for its adventurism since 2016 has resulted in the current imbroglio. If there…

July 17 Polls: Will PML-N Survive The Challenge?

As the July 17 by-polls in the Punjab come closer, the political rhetoric of former PM Imran Khan has gained intensity indicating how the…

Imran Khan’s Ouster: Why Did The Hybrid Regime Collapse?

The dramatic events of March-April 2022 highlight the breakdown within the hybrid regime. Of late Khan’s cronies have admitted the conflict with the establishment…

News Analysis | Delay In Cabinet Formation Bodes Ill For Parliamentary Democracy

The prime minister, also known as ‘speedy Shehbaz’, should demonstrate his ‘speed’ by announcing the cabinet without any delay and involve the parliament in…

Imran Khan’s Coup Has Pushed Pakistan To Anarchy. Will The Supreme Court Act?

Systemic shocks such as the one designed and executed on Sunday, if not remedied by the judiciary, will normalise fascism and set dangerous precedents…

Pakistan In 2022: Hybrid Regime Will Unravel But Pakistanis Will Pay The Cost

The ‘hybrid regime’ that has been governing Pakistan since 2018 became hostage to internal contradictions and external pressures throughout the year 2021. The year…

Sufi hearts in Delhi

This was published in The Friday Times in the May 22-29, 2009 issue Getting a visa to India is a nightmare for ordinary mortals.…

Remembering Parveen Shakir (1952-1994)

My 2009 article published in The Friday Times. Parveen Shakir (1952-1994) has defined the sensibilities of several generations and beyond. At the relatively young…

About suffering they were never wrong

Pakistani art going global is a remarkable story, for it typifies the ineffable contradictions of the country. In part it is a testament to…

Citizen of the world

He wanted variety and could not confine himself to a uni-dimensional career or vocation. Other than being a rare blend of East and West,…

‘On the wings of time, grief flies away’

Salma Mahmud’s new book is not a just a readable memoir, it sets a standard for fine writing. Quote MD Taseer with his first…

Trade with India: Nawaz Sharif must fulfill his mandate

India will gain from freer mutual trade, but so will Pakistan It seems that the PML-N government may well be set to achieve one…

Farewell President Zardari

Analyzing President Zardari’s tenure President Zardari has set a new record of being the only democratically elected President to have completed his term and…

The search for a new security paradigm

Recently, Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, elaborated on the losses incurred by the country in fighting terrorism, while making a policy statement…

Book Review: South Asia 2060: Envisioning Regional Futures

My review for The Friday Times South Asia 2060: Envisioning Regional Futures is a comprehensive volume of essays edited by Adil Najam and Moeed…

Kafka Country

Surprised by what is happening in the land of the pure? Stop jumping, life is business as usual in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan…

Book review: Challenging martial histories

  This is a book review that was published in The Friday Times (June 19-25 2009 issue) This was a hot May afternoon when…

The heart divided

Here’s an excerpt from my book ‘Delhi, by heart’ that was featured in TFT I am not sure how I met Bunty. It was…

Book Review~ Nobody Can Love You More: Life in Delhi’s Red Light District

Writing about the lives of “fallen women” is a problematic endeavor, especially in South Asia where the morality of the middle classes defines the…

Farewell, Dear SM

 TFT “Death, a necessary end, will come when it will come…” Salma Mahmud, or SM as we called her at TFT, quietly left us…
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