In English, the dogs of war is a phrase from line 270, scene 1, Act III of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar: “Cry ‘Havoc!’, and let slip the dogs of war” referring to releasing the “dog”, i.e. the restraining mechanism. In the context of Pakistani politics, it would appear that certain pro-establishment (read anti-democracy and/or pro-Taliban) dogs of war have been unleashed by the civil and military establishment in order to retrain or derail democracy. The current target of the dogs of war (namely Shaheen Sehbai, Shahid Masood, Shireen Mazari, Javed Chaudhry, Talat Hussain, Hamid Mir, Ansar Abbasi and other agents of anti-democracy forces) is indeed the elected president Asif Ali Zardari. Here is an apt analysis by Asadullah Ghalib.