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Clearing The Minefield

Pakistan’s socio-economic problems have assumed cancerous dimensions – and the road to recovery is now a minefield. Clearing the minefield, rather than skirting it like past governments, is the only way to prevent Pakistan from falling off…

Congress’ Hamletian Dilemma

This April Fools’ Day tickled many a funny bone in the Indian media. As part of its tribute to All Fools’ Day, the Bollywood-obsessed Times of India reported that the three feuding Khans – the biggest stars of the industry – are coming…

It’s Our Country

The last few months have given us the feeling that it is indeed our own country we are living in. Had this not been so, we would not have appreciated the activities of the Election Commission and its uncompromising actions, the unbiased…

Whose Golden Period?

Hardly any of the usually inane and ludicrous statements made by our leaders and politicians are based on reality. However, we have become so used to their hollow words that they no longer surprise us. The only lasting impact of their…

U-Turn?

Just when the general expectation was that PM Raja is homeward bound. Just when the rumour had it that PM Raja has reached the end of his line. Just when Zardari’s detractors thought that his bag of tricks was running out of tricks – the…

Fata: The Real Picture

The president, PM or any member of cabinet have not visited Fata even once since assuming charge of their posts. The KPK governor who is the president’s representative in Fata is running the show from his palatial house in Peshawar I have…

The Fire Escape Chute

How can the court show one prime minister the door and let another off the hook? On the other hand, it also can’t afford to be seen as a pacman eating up PM after PM Of late, keeping an eye on politics in Pakistan, you increasingly end up…

Humpty Dumpty’s Pakistan

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” Mr Dumpty, meet Mr Zardari. This week, for the umpteenth time, the president got to invent his very own…

Health And Helipads

There was some fulmination last week at the prospect of the new prime minister having a helipad constructed at his house. The reason for this is to allow a helicopter transfer between his private residence in Gujjar Khan and the PM’s House…