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Tragedies that expose Pakistan's faultlines

Tragedies, it is said, tend to unite nations. In Pakistan, each tragedy exposes the faultlines and polarisation in society. Every few months a bloody reminder of the divisions racking the 180 million-strong South Asia nuclear-armed state is served. Junaid Jamshed was the latest.

Fighting the fire

News is such a fickle business. One day we are told that one of the city’s major hotels caught fire and eleven people died in the blaze.  The city’s main road – Sharae Faisal, had to be closed down owing to the intensity of the fire. Our TV vans reach the site and report live. Some enterprising reporters use their cell phones to gain footage from within the hotel. We expect action. Nothing happens.

Pak enters the ‘Children of Zia’ era

Eras and institutional decades can seem contrived and imposed ex post, a too-convenient way of explaining the past and divining the future. Sometimes, though, they are helpful shorthand that tease out inflection points and bracket phases. With two new chiefs in two months in two institutions, a subtle shift in eras may be upon us in the Army and the Supreme Court.  

Two transitions

Eras and institutional decades can seem contrived and imposed ex post, a too-convenient way of explaining the past and divining the future. Sometimes, though, they are helpful shorthand that tease out inflection points and bracket phases. With two new chiefs in two months in two institutions, a subtle shift in eras may be upon us in the army and the Supreme Court — a shift into and away from two pivotal figures in the two institutions.
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