Never a dull news day in Pakistan, is there? So much happened today! Here are some thoughts going through my mind… First things first: the Sharifs are convicted criminals and the state must secure their arrest as soon as they reach Pakistani jurisdiction. No question in my mind about that. Had they been in court … Continue reading
As I sit on my flight back from Costa Rica – I was in San Jose for a three day conference; no beaches, volcanoes or coffee plantations, unfortunately – reading tweets about the enquiry commission (useless, dead in the water before it is even formed, if you ask me) that Prime Minister Sharif has asked … Continue reading
That Aleem Khan is controversial – under shadow of corruption allegations, NAB settlements in his past – is not disputable, which makes him less than ideal for PTI to put forward as a candidate. Particularly in a seat that IK contested from & that symbolizes and has come to stand for a struggle against the corruption that … Continue reading
Thanks to another ill-advised rant by Altaf Hussain a couple of nights ago, invoking India, NATO, and only he knows who else, to come to his party’s aid, Karachi is, yet again, the center of the political and security debate. The Karachi issue, if it can even be described as such a singularity, is extremely … Continue reading
Mr. Speaker, there are strangers in the house! The joint session for parliament was called to discuss the situation in Yemen, what Saudi Arabia and its coalition of ten (or is it eleven?) wants from Pakistan and what we should do. Instead, the focus was on PTI, which ended its seven month boycott of the … Continue reading
I don’t think there’s anyone left who hasn’t seen this video of former Senator and Interior Minister, Rehman Malik, Asif Zardari’s trusted right-hand-man, and another Member of the National Assembly (MNA), Dr Ramesh Vankvani were booted off PIA flight PK370 for holding up 220+ passengers for nearly two and a half hours while they arrived late … Continue reading
Some thoughts on what Civil Disobedience is and how it might work in the context of Imran Khan’s call in the Azadi March yesterday.
Half a million people. That’s more than the entire population of Sialkot. Or Quetta. Nearly as many people as there are in the whole of Islamabad. That might give you an idea of how enormous the tragedy is that is being faced by refugees fleeing from the fighting in North Waziristan. We call them “Internally … Continue reading
This video highlights my blog post “Duplicity And Lies” from 20 January 2014. To read the full post, please click here.
This is in continuation of Part 1 of this post that I published just over a week ago, in response to (and with the gracious permission of) an article by a fellow tweeter, Usmann Rana, entitled Our Inane Leader (Thoughts on Imran Khan’s NDTV Interview). Having addressed Imran’s views on reconciliation and trying to bring extremist … Continue reading
From a Distance During the last two years or so, news of drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas and along our border with Afghanistan have become a regular occurrence. For me, and many others who I have spoken to, it was very difficult to form an opinion about whether these strikes were good for our country … Continue reading
This is in continuation of my previous blog post about Sana Bucha’s article in The News published on 6th November entitled “His Name is Khan, Imran Khan”, which I saw as representative of recent opinions published about Imran Khan. Wave the magic wand Imran had made some high-level foreign policy statements in his speech, which … Continue reading
Following on to my recent posts, I am now going to continue sharing my thoughts on a recent episode of Mr Najam Sethi’s television show, “Aapas ki Baat” about Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s jalsa at Meenar-e-Pakistan in Lahore on 30th October. The “Same Old Faces” Having made the point about PTI’s search for the treasure-trove of votes … Continue reading