Imad Zafar, Asia Times

Imad Zafar

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Recent articles by Imad:

PTI dissident on how the party went astray

Akbar S Babar is a founding member of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf who devoted many years to making Imran Khan and PTI political brands. This correspondent had the opportunity to talk to Bab… → Read More

Sharif case judge fired but the guilty go free

It is exactly a year this week since Maryam Nawaz released video of a judge confessing that he had been put under pressure to convict her father → Read More

Pakistani politics: blunders, delusion and egotism

The famous English writer George Orwell in his masterpiece Nineteen Eighty-Four very rightly said, “The masses never revolt of their own accord, and they never revolt merely because they… → Read More

Political dynamics rapidly changing in Pakistan

Change is the only constant in the world, whereas stagnation leads to the death of a society. Ever since 2014 when a sit-in led by Pakistan → Read More

Next generations will pay for regime incompetence

Famous English poet and scholar Alfred Edward Housman once said, "The house of delusions is cheap to build but drafty to live in.” The delusional mindset → Read More

Diverting masses’ attention won’t save Imran for long

On Tuesday the home of the Pakistani leader of the opposition, Shahbaz Sharif, was raided as the National Accountability Bureau wanted to arrest him. For → Read More

Exclusive: Leader of Pakistani Kashmir speaks out

Raja Farooq Haider Khan is the current prime minister of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, officially known as Azad Jammu and Kashmir. He is one of the → Read More

Pakistani dissidents are assets, not traitors

Dissent from established narratives has always proved useful for states and societies to correct their rotten traditions. However, most people find it → Read More

Politics as usual in Pakistan despite crisis

Politics in the name of the Covid-19 pandemic has almost overshadowed the impact of the disease itself on human lives and the economy in Pakistan. While → Read More

Imran Khan faces reality, eases lockdown

There could hardly be a worse time for any political party to be in government than the present time of the Covid-19 pandemic. Governments struggling to → Read More

Dissecting the electoral future of PTI

Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a stalwart of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, said in a recent TV interview that the 2014 sit-in protest → Read More

Pakistan’s hybrid regime buying time before its downfall

A pioneer in the field of public relations and propaganda, Edward Bernays, once said, “Propaganda is the executive arm of the invisible government.” → Read More

Only courage of masses can win democracy for Pakistan

The famous novelist Ayn Rand once said, “To sell your soul is the easiest thing in the world. That's what everybody does every hour of his life. If I → Read More

Covid-19 failures make change in Pakistan inevitable

Power, once attained, is never relinquished willingly. It is always snatched away by opposing forces. That is the only rule of power politics, and that is → Read More

In Pakistan, ‘great woes befall the state’

Power usually makes people blind and it makes them believe that they will always remain in power, and under this delusion they start thinking of their → Read More

Ineptitude, ignorance hinder Pakistan’s Covid-19 fight

The Covid-19 pandemic has entirely changed the world within a few months, with most countries going for lockdowns and billions of people irrespective of → Read More

Smearing Sharif gets priority over pandemic

The world certainly is going through testing times as the Covid-19 pandemic is taking the lives of hundreds and sinking economies all over the world. → Read More

Pakistani govt shows inability to cope with pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit Pakistan and the number of patients affected by the coronavirus is increasing at an alarming rate. At the time of filing this report, a total of 183 patients had teste… → Read More

Attack on press freedom continues in Pakistan

While the rest of the world is busy dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government is busy muzzling the media and criticizing its political opponents. On Thu… → Read More

Game of power politics far from over in Pakistan

Politics is the art of holding your cards close to the chest and playing them at the right time and place. Whoever keeps his cards undisclosed always has a better chance to win the throne and attai… → Read More