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
Four references from English Literature in Justice Khosa’s judgment in the Panama Case petition filed by Imran Khan and others. Audio blog in Urdu.
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
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
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.
The Taliban are reported to have named Imran Khan as part of their five man mediation team. From what I understand, this group (which includes four leaders from religious parties) will be intermediaries between the government negotiations committee and the nine-man ‘siyasi’ team being set up by the Taliban. Besides all the orgasmic “told you … Continue reading
Surveys, predictions, analysis, estimates. It is election season and television anchors, newspaper columnists, market research firms, twitterati and the general public are becoming increasingly caught up in the frenzy. Everyone is trying to assess which political party may be able to gain a majority in parliament and form the next government. Rallies, policies, manifestos, alliances and electables … Continue reading
A primary stated objective of the peace march that Imran Khan led from Islamabad to the border regions of South Waziristan over the last two days was global media attention to the harm that the CIA’s drone program is doing in Pakistan’s tribal areas. Drones are not only illegal and contrary to principles of fundamental … Continue reading
If it fails to do anything else, the proposed Peace March to Waziristan on 6-7 October, under the leadership of Imran Khan, Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, has at least achieved this: it has reignited global debate about the CIA drone program. In my mind, there is no doubt that drones cannot help solve, or even reduce, … Continue reading
Ever since PTI’s massive Lahore jalsa on 30th October last year was followed by an even bigger one in Karachi on 25th December, analysts and critics have tried to explain why Imran Khan has managed to gain so much support in, what appears to be, a relatively short period of time. When asked to explain why … Continue reading