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Manmohan Singh under fire as Indian politics gets dirty

Narendra Modi’s charge of Pakistani interference in Gujarat election is little more than political gamesmanship aimed at putting the Congress under pressure. From the details that have emerged, it seems likely that Congress leaders schmoozing with guests from Pakistan at host Mani Shankar Aiyar’s residence last Wednesday had bilateral relationship and Kashmir on the menu along with the dinner. Secretive …

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The shrinking political party

The shrinking political party

Two MNAs and three MPAs presented their resignations and announced their dissociation with the ruling PML-N at a public meeting held in Faisalabad on Sunday by groups demanding the resignation of Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah over his remarks during a recent protest by a religious organisation in Islamabad. The organisers of the Khatm-e-Nabuwwat conference presided over by Pir Hamiduddin Sialvi …

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Has Nawaz Sharif become the weak link in PML-N?

Sharif and family to appear before Accountability Court

PML-N and the forthcoming elections With elections due within months, there seems to be no end to PML-N’s woes. First it was the PTI, then the court cases and now a section of the religious lobby. Meanwhile Nawaz Sharif, who was scheduled to return from London on Sunday, has extended his stay by another four days. The party which is …

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Rise of the Barelvis in Pakistan

A Barelvi revival? A historical overview of the sectarian narratives through the last 160 years that almost all religious leaders of Pakistan are hostage to Without attempting to justify his sudden and foul outpourings and name-calling, it is safe to say that Khadim Hussain Rizvi has heralded the revival of the Barelvi narrative against the rival Deobandis and Wahabis in …

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Political merry-go-round in Pakistan

Political merry-go-round in Pakistan

And the demise of COD The so-called Charter of Democracy (COD) signed with much fanfare in London in 2006 by two exiled politicians, Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, met its natural death in Lahore last Thursday. Since for long, for all practical purposes the accord was abeyant. But PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari formally buried it when he decided to …

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Pakistan economic progress worries our enemies

Planning, Development and Reforms Minister Ahsan Iqbal remarked on Monday that the world is facing challenges such as terrorism and extremism. “In the changing world scenario, no one country can combat security, environmental and other issues alone. We have to combat challenges together,” he remarked while addressing the 28th meeting of Regional Planning Council of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO). The …

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PTI goes anti-liberals with JUI-S alliance

Sami says alliance with PTI will block victory of ‘secular forces’ The Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Sami has rejected the prospect of joining the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) — a defunct alliance of religious parties which is in the process of being revived — and revealed its intention of forging an electoral alliance with the Pakistan-i-Tehreek Insaf (PTI) for the 2018 general elections. Talking …

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Justice Najafi report not to be challenged by Punjab Government

The Punjab government on Tuesday chose to make public the Justice Najafi inquiry report following a Lahore High Court judgment instead of challenging the verdict in the Supreme Court as it assessed that the compliance would be less troublesome for it than the hassle of the appeal, say official sources. The decision to obey the LHC decision was made by …

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Law court challenges Army’s role in agreement with Faizabad protesters

Law court challenges Army's role in agreement with Faizabad protesters

The Islamabad High Court on Monday lashed out at the government as well as the army for the role assigned to the military “as the mediator” in the agreement to end the sit-in at Islamabad’s Faizabad Interchange. The army chief instead of following the orders of the chief executive became a mediator, pointed out Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui as a …

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MQM break again… 6th time

MQM break again... 6th time

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) – Pakistan Convener MNA Dr Farooq Sattar, who said that a sixth faction of the party is being carved in Dubai, hopes that factionalism will not split their vote bank. Speaking at a rally on Monday in Mirpurkhas district, which he visited to shore up support for MQM-Pakistan’s December 8 public meeting in Hyderabad, he waxed sanguine …

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