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“Game Changer” Documents

Since the so-called “new” documents that were going to be submitted by the Sharifs to the Supreme Court in the Panama Papers hearings, which certain sections of the media were calling “game changers”, I have been coming across images of these in social media. Since the first time I saw them, some things seemed odd. … Continue reading

Full Text of the Pamana JIT Report

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) constituted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan to probe Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family members, including his three children, Hussain Sharif, Hassan Sharif, and Maryam Safdar-Sharif, was released today. The summary of the report (paragraph 2 of Volume-I) states that the JIT found the following: Maryam Nawaz was … Continue reading

Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline: a timeline

Yesterday I came across several tweets from news sites, like the one below, about Turkmenistan having commenced construction on the ambitious 1,800km Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline. [tweet https://twitter.com/etribune/status/639801456846090240 hide_media=’true’] It made me wonder what happened to the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, that this was being positioned by the US and Saudi Arabia as an alternative to. … Continue reading

What Karachi Wants

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

The Fire is Lit

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

A small contribution

A few days ago I came across two tweets by FAFEN, the Free and Fair Elections Network, which is a coalition of 30 NGO’s that observe elections and parliamentary affairs. Given the political turmoil stemming from overwhelming circumstantial evidence of systematic and widespread electoral fraud in the 2013 General Elections, I felt that I should … Continue reading

Trying to Understand Civil Disobedience

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.

Learning From the Present: the IDP Crisis

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

To mediate or not to mediate

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

Duplicity And Lies [VIDEO SLIDESHOW]

This video highlights my blog post “Duplicity And Lies” from 20 January 2014. To read the full post, please click here.

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