Developments in the past week have heightened the sense of crisis surrounding the Zardari-led administration, further eroding its authority and raising afresh the question whether such a floundering government can run the country at such a critical time. The resignation from the cabinet of one of the PPP’s most respected leaders, Reza Rabbani, indicates the increasing fissures within the ruling party.
The terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team did more than turn Pakistan into an international sporting outcast. This was by no means the most bloody terrorist incident in a country wracked by growing violence. But its high impact shook the nation and set off international alarm bells about Pakistan’s precarious security. It renewed the debate in and between Western capitals about whether Pakistan was on the cusp of chaos. The terrorist outrage also served to dramatise the paradox of a government that continued to lose control even as it preoccupied itself with a power grab in Punjab.Read More »State of despair-By Dr Maleeha Lodhi