The time-worn Pakistani lexicon on Kashmir was at play again when Nawaz Sharif sought to draw the United States into the Kashmir dispute ahead of his meeting with President Barack Obama. Read more

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Much is happening in Pakistan. Self-exiled Pervez Musharraf is threatening to join politics back home, Asif Zardari says he isn’t under the army’s pressure to quit, Nawaz Sharif’s struggling to hold his own and Imran Khan going great guns in his quest for power. Read more

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Three countries in South Asia are in the middle of political maelstroms for reasons unique to their polity. Read more

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I aren’t the least surprised that the Prime Minister’s Office has contradicted reports of there being any contact with Pakistan Army Chief Ashfaq Pervez Kayani in the run-up to Manmohan Singh’s Mohali meeting with Pakistani counterpart Yousaf Raza Gilani. Read more

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An invitation to speak at a seminar on Future Directions in India Pakistan relations has left me at my wit’s end. The question defies easy answers even while agreeing that dialogue’s the only option. Read more

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s lament that he has no partner in Pakistan with whom he can set up a negotiating table could have major implications for the credibility of the PPP-led regime. The remarks are an expression of no confidence in President Asif Ali Zardari’s ability to take other power centers along in any peace process with New Delhi. Read more

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I have known Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani since 1991-92 when he was spokesperson and special assistant to Nawaz Sharif. He performed similar duties for Benazir Bhutto when she replaced Sharif as Prime Minister after the 1993 polls. The first PM he served was Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi. Read more

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I’ve been travelling in Pakistan for almost a week; having arrived here on the day Jaswant Singh was expelled from the BJP for what the Sangh Parivar considered an act of political blasphemy! His prognosis of Muhammad Ali Jinnah might have caused a stir in India. Read more

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A young investigative journalist has caused a stir in Pakistan’s media circles by exposing a veteran columnist from the same newspaper group. The story in brief is about media persons on the take from the army and the political masters. The men in the middle of the storm: Jang newspaper’s noted columnist Nazir Naji and Ahmad Noorani of The News, an English daily published by the same group. Read more

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No foreword to a blog on contemporary Pakistan can be complete without some mention of Asif Zardari, who promised to model himself after India’s Sonia Gandhi but fell to the lure of de jure power so assiduously shunned by Indira’s bahu. Read more

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