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Owais Tohid

Owais Tohid is a leading Pakistani journalist/writer. His email address is [email protected] He tweets @OwaisTohid.

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The Balochistan paradox and Pakistani politics

When leading Baloch nationalist leader Sardar Akhtar Mengal announced his political divorce with House of Khan earlier this week-- the Prime Minister-led ruling coalition-- he also conveyed his anguish to the country’s powerful military establishment.

June 19, 2020

Pakistani pilgrims caught in Iran’s coronavirus web

When Khalid Zaidi landed in Mashhad from Karbala, things still felt normal in Iran. The traditional Qahwa Khana cafes and shops were open, and importantly for Khalid and the hundreds of Pakistani pilgrims he was escorting as tour operator, the holy shrine of Imam Reza was open. 

April 06, 2020

A friendship under shadows of conspiracies

President Trump’s handshakes with PM Imran Khan, claims of friendship and fondness, and claims of warm relations between the US and Pakistan are taken in Pakistan with a fist full of salt.

January 28, 2020

Boots and the theatre of Pakistan’s politics

Shoes have been flung at former US president George Bush, at Indian Congress Minister Chidambaram and at Pakistan’s military ruler, General Musharraf. They were lobbed as protest, meant to cause embarrassment.

January 20, 2020

Pakistani Politics on a roller coaster

Nov. 3, 2007. It was my daughter Risa’s birthday party at an amusement park, and I had just stepped off a roller coaster ride when I got a frenzied phone call informing me military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf had imposed an emergency and declared the constitution to be in abeyance. 

December 20, 2019

What Sharif’s departure means for polarized Pakistani politics

For Nawaz Sharif, who is suffering from multiple ailments that pose a serious threat to his life, including kidney disease and a platelet-destroying immune disorder, leaving Pakistan was the last option. 

November 20, 2019