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Salahuddin Haider

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A happy augury

Amid political turbulence, Pakistan’s military and its chief, Gen. Raheel Sharif opted for the continuation and strengthening of democracy in the country, giving political forces a chance to realize their responsibilities and help the cause of the masses.

May 02, 2015

Is Pervez Musharraf gaining ground?

A SILENT but powerful undercurrent has begun to build up in Pakistan to place Gen. Pervez Musharraf back into power. Such a possibility may be seen in the backdrop of a general political mayhem in the country and the ongoing government’s battle to root out terrorism.

February 27, 2015

Sword of Damocles?

Ask one question to any Pakistani these days: Who is the de facto ruler of the country today? The answer will invariably be, Army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif. The masses have reached this conclusion due to a number of factors. However, some maybe imaginary but the opinion is based on realism.

February 19, 2015

Going round in circles

Even in the 68th year of its existence, Pakistan seems rudderless unsure whether to be a genuine democracy or continue to remain a pseudo-military state. The unfortunate debate emanates from the vast gulf between the rulers and the ruled.

January 08, 2015

A gambit gone wrong

Two questions are haunting the masses and political analysts in Pakistan: Are the days of the Bhutto dynasty over? What is the future of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) under the leadership of Asif Ali Zardari.

December 11, 2014

A make-or-break situation

Although the intensity of the crisis gripping Pakistan politics for well over three months has subsided to a great extent, it is far from over.

November 20, 2014

Pakistan’s volatile political scene

A new kind of crisis fraught with all kinds of eventualities — like ethnic riots possibly worse than the ones witnessed in the aftermath of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination in 1984 — seems to be brewing in Pakistan.

October 30, 2014

The youth factor in Pakistan

Youth factor is a relatively new phenomenon in Pakistan’s politics. The credit for mobilizing the youths of the country mainly goes to the cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

October 23, 2014

Twists and turns of Pakistan politics

So much is happening in Pakistan’s political arena that it has become increasingly difficult to predict the outcome of the political game being played out in the country.

September 25, 2014

Sharif’s woes far from over

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has so far emerged victorious in this apparent first round of the political crisis stemming from the protest campaigns organized by Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri. An objective analysis of the situation would reveal three principle reasons for his success.

September 18, 2014