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Imperfect Choices

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

Power Bazaar

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

Drones: A Price Worth Paying?

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

Credit Where It’s Due

    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

Imran Khan – Genuine Hope or Inane Rhetoric? (Part 1)

In a recent “discussion” on Twitter, centering around Imran Khan and whether he is the “real thing”, a fellow tweeter, Usmann Rana, pointed me to a post on his blog, Our Inane Leader (Thoughts on Imran Khan’s NDTV Interview), in trying to convince me about contradictions in Imran’s statements. As endless 140 character back & … Continue reading

Fire from the Sky – Drone Wars

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

Imran Khan’s “tsunami” rally gets global media coverage

Another day, another rally, another massive success! Another roller coaster ride of emotions: laughter, tears, passion and, above all, hope! Imran Khan and the well-oiled PTI jalsa machine have done it again. 25 December 2011 will go down in history as a day when the people of Karachi gravitated towards the Mazar-e-Quaid in their hundreds … Continue reading

Yes He Khan! No He Khan’t! Or can he? (Part 2)

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

Yes He Khan! No He Khan’t! Or can he? (Part 1)

Recently there has been a spate of articles, blog posts, editorials, opinions and columns of various types aimed at Imran Khan, most of them laced with cynicism and sarcasm, attempting to show the naïve public the reality of his true, hidden ideology and the impracticality of his rhetoric filled policy speeches. An example is the … Continue reading

Imran Khan – Prince or Pretender? (Part 2)

Following my post yesterday, 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. As Mr Sethi and the show’s presenter, Muneeb Farooq, continued to compare the PTI jalsa to Benazir Bhutto’s legendary 1986 rally. Mr Sethi related … Continue reading

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