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
Although I believe he is guilty, I think that the case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be difficult to establish, unless his lawyers are unable to prove that Maryam Nawaz is merely a trustee and not a beneficial owner of the properties. If she is one of the beneficial owners, and Nawaz Sharif did … 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.
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
Do you remember hearing about the honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, seeking an increase of Rs 10 billion in discretionary funds under the Peoples Work Programme II (PWP-II) because the Rs 22 billion allocated for it in the budget had already been sanctioned? Well, he’s gone ahead and spent that, too, plus an additional … 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
Musa Gilani returns to Pakistan today to face charges of in the ephedrine quota case after his father, the Prime Minister, directed him to cooperate in the investigation, which has now added to the list of cases now being monitored by the Supreme Court. This is just the latest in a series of high profile … Continue reading