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Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Drill tests response to Daya Bay crisis

Thursday, 26 April, 2012, 12:00am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

Donald Tsang to visit Legco, sparks may fly

19 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

The market gears towards where the money is. But seeing them coming here all at once ... you can smell the desperation of the market

Art critic Oscar Ho Hing-kay, on Western art dealers flocking to the Chinese market

China's enemy is our enemy. We will extend our full co-operation to China on security

28 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Zardari must prove leadership ability

Pakistan's president-elect Asif Ali Zardari is on the steepest-possible learning curve. Just nine months ago, he was the in-the-shadows husband of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.

8 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Pakistan's new parliament vows to end Musharraf's 'dictatorship'

Pakistan's new parliament met for the first time yesterday amid tight security, with opponents of US ally President Pervez Musharraf vowing to end his 'dictatorship' after trouncing his allies in elections.

18 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Power of the ballot box in Pakistan

US President George W. Bush heralded the recent Pakistan election as a triumph for democracy. It was - but it was equally a defeat for Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf, and for his main supporter, Mr Bush.

1 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

the five Ws

Your primer to an issue in the news

What?

Pakistan has delayed a decision about whether to postpone its planned January 8 elections.

Why?

Because of the assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto last week. Her murder was followed by widespread riots and turmoil which has caused colossal damage.

How?

2 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Bhutto's courage may yet pay democratic dividend

Whatever Benazir Bhutto's failings as a politician, there was no denying the fact that she was a woman of great courage. This was not necessarily a quality acquired during her two-decade-long participation in the rough and tumble of Pakistani politics. Courage seemed to be in her genes.

29 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Shocked Pakistani community in HK to mourn 'top leader'

Hong Kong's shocked Pakistani community plans to hold a memorial service and gatherings next week for former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

The secretary of the Pakistan Association of Hong Kong, Khurshid Hanafi, said her death was a shock to everyone, not only to people in Pakistan.

'We don't believe it, she was a good prime minister,' he said.

29 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Full freedoms must be returned to Pakistan

The lifting of emergency rule in Pakistan and the restoration of the constitution by President Pervez Musharraf should be cause for celebration. Pakistanis have given a lukewarm response to the decision, though, and for good reason: the freedoms they lost six weeks ago on the pretext of countering a threat to stability have not been fully returned.

17 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Musharraf must now restore democracy

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has given up his military uniform and, after three years of promising, become a civilian leader. Given the circumstances of his rise to power, and his abuse of it, however, the nation is no closer to the democracy that he has pledged to restore.

29 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Political will to find a way round term limits

If you have a high enough opinion of yourself to want to be president, you probably think that term limits are a stupid nuisance. If two terms of Bill Clinton (or Vladimir Putin, or Benazir Bhutto) are a good thing for the country, then surely three or four terms would be even better. There must be some way round it.

11 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Liberal despair at rising tide of Islamist extremism in Pakistan

The first thing you notice about Mira Sethi is her name - it belongs on both sides of the India-Pakistan border.

Mira is Persian for the 'Star of Bethlehem'. It is also Sanskrit for 'ocean', and the name of a sainted Hindu poet. The family name, Sethi, also comfortably straddles the border, common among both Muslims and Hindus in the Punjab.

14 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Pakistan Quiz

Test your general knowledge. The answers are below.

14 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Musharraf denies talks to allow Bhutto's return

Pakistan's president has denied any deal is under way with the opposition, following speculation that talks may pave the way for a return from exile for former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

The statement from President Pervez Musharraf on Sunday followed media reports and comments by a cabinet minister suggesting relations between the president and Bhutto may be thawing.

10 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

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