Almost a thousand people are dead and the country's economy received damage to the tune of $4 billion.
Now that the election stunner is in, the most frequently asked question remains the consequences of the changed parliamentary calculus in Punjab. The first casualty of this change will be the government of Mian Hamza Sharif, whose government in Punjab has lost its majority.
An elaborate strategy was finalized at a meeting of the top military brass to influence the July 17 Punjab bye-elections, prepare a favorable public opinion for General Qamar Javed Bajwa’s extension in service, strengthen MQM in Karachi, rebuild the army's public image and intensify the crackdown on the dissenting journalists, social media producers and influencers. Analysts say if true and implemented, this strategy will prove to be dangerous, divisive, and destabilize Pakistan even more.
Floods rage through the Hunza valley every year from an unstable lake below the Shishper glacier, but an early warning system gives people time to evacuate.
Extreme weather has been called a ‘threat multiplier’ — feeding into existing social and political problems and making them even worse.
An irate outgoing prime minister accuses the US of orchestrating his demise in government because he refused to play ball.
The architects of the judicial coup to depose Imran Khan had underestimated his popularity among the people – from urban to remotest rural areas of Pakistan. It made him more popular and acceptable than ever before and solidified his leadership for years to come, which at the same time cemented further the national unity and solidarity in Pakistan. The private citizen Imran Khan is more powerful and popular than the premier Imran Khan.
Like his brother Nawaz Sharif, who has been convicted of corruption and is banned from public office, Shahbaz has faced allegations of cronyism and corruption. But this is not unusual in Pakistani politics, where opposition leaders tend to face such charges.
Hypocrisy on a grand scale is the basis of Pakistani politics. Parliament, the government and its institutions – all have their share of hypocrisy. No wonder politicians and bureaucrats have finessed the art of seldom practicing what they preach. How otherwise would it be possible to observe the wheeling and dealing before the upcoming no-confidence vote?
If the no-confidence move succeeds, there is no guarantee that it will bring political and economic stability. And if it fails, it is unlikely to bring the political tensions down. Thus political instability may haunt Pakistan until the next elections.