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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

Latin America Ramblings

As I sit on my flight back from Costa Rica – I was in San Jose for a three day conference; no beaches, volcanoes or coffee plantations, unfortunately – reading tweets about the enquiry commission (useless, dead in the water before it is even formed, if you ask me) that Prime Minister Sharif has asked … 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

NA-122 – Playing it Forward

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

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

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

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