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"Short relief" for the former Prime Minister

  • The twin decision of Pakistan’s top court on the Sharif brothers has lent some relief to them, denoting changing winds in Pakistani politics. While the ailing Nawaz Sharif has been freed on bail for six weeks, the court has lifted a travel ban on his younger brother Shahbaz who is now heading t...
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Elections are the only way out of Pakistan’s political crisis but they won’t solve every problem

  • With the dissolution of assemblies in two major provinces and one third of the national assembly seats now vacant in Pakistan, options for the shacky coalition government at the center are running out. It has become increasingly difficult for the ruling alliance to stay in power. The pressure i...
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Forced disappearances of Baloch students fuel alienation in Pakistan's troubled province

  • Frequent reports of abductions of Baloch students from universities across the country allegedly by security agencies have triggered widespread protests, and the spectacle of the police brutally beating up families of missing students and other protesters in Karachi last week caused nationwide ...
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Freedom’s march to nowhere

  • The leader of the country’s most powerful Islamic party, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, a colorful, wily politician, and head of the Jamiat Ulema Islam (JUI-F), has thrown down the gauntlet to the government and threatened to march on the capital. He is now seeking to emulate Imran Khan’s threats to th...
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Musharraf’s high-treason trial history being made

  • A special court is expected to announce its verdict in the high treason case against former Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf on Dec. 17 after hearing the arguments of the government’s new prosecution team. This case has all the ingredients of high drama with far-reaching political c...
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Mysterious murder of a Pakistani journalist has become an explosive political issue

  • The mysterious death of a leading TV anchor in a police shootout in Kenya has turned into an explosive political issue in Pakistan. Some months ago, Arshad Sharif had fled the country fearing for his safety after a treason case was filed against him. He arrived in Kenya a day earlier and was be...
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No recognition of the regime without Taliban showing reforms

  • It may still be a long way to go for the Taliban regime to win formal recognition but the latest interaction with the international community gives the conservative Islamic dispensation some legitimacy. Last week’s meeting in Oslo has led to further easing of restrictions on the de facto Afghan...
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No sign yet of success in backchannel diplomacy between India and Pakistan

  • Backchannel engagement has led to some melting of the ice between India and Pakistan. Over the past few months, the guns have fallen silent along the Line of Control (LoC) dividing the disputed state of Kashmir and the war rhetoric is down on both sides. But there is still a question about whet...
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Not an easy road to Afghan peace

  • The long-delayed negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government that began in Doha last weekend hold out the best hope for the end of war in Afghanistan. It was indeed a historic moment when the two warring sides sat face to face for the first since start of the war some two decades...
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OIC’s condemnation of Islamophobia in India indicates Muslim world’s growing concern

  • The targeting of Muslims and blaming the community for spreading coronavirus pandemic in India has provoked strong reaction from the Muslim World. In a statement, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has expressed deep concern over rising anti-Muslim sentiments in the country. The gro...
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