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The Prime Minister’s Defense

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

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.

Duplicity and Lies

Another day, another bomb blast. Whether it is men of the security forces or innocent citizens going about their daily routines, for the second day in a row they are called upon to offer the ultimate sacrifice. From explosives in van at the parade ground inside the Bannu cantonment to a suicide bomber in a … 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

We Have the Answers

This morning, Pakistan woke up to another day of mourning. Close to 50 people are dead and nearly 150 are injured, many seriously. A vehicle laden with 150kg of high explosives, laced with ball bearings was used to attack a shia community at prayer in the Abbas Town area of Karachi. Forty to fifty homes … Continue reading

Are the Voters Watching?

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

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