Pakistan politics

PAKISTAN’S POLITICAL INSENSITIVITY – By T.H Shah

Renowned Lebanese poet Khali Jibran in one of his revolutionary poem Pity the Nation, says,

Pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion.

Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave, eats a bread it does not harvest,

Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox, whose philosopher is a juggler, and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking,

Pity the nation divided into fragments, each fragment deeming itself a nation.

Seems same is the case with Pakistani rulers. Read More »PAKISTAN’S POLITICAL INSENSITIVITY – By T.H Shah

Militarisation of the Punjabi mind

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Muhammad Ahsan Yatu

I create an embarrassing situation for myself before the start of almost every wedding ceremony that I attend. I reach the venue on time, the time mentioned on the invitation card. The ceremony always starts at least two hours late. The place is usually a hotel. One can relax in the lounge or have a cup of tea and wait for a familiar face to appear. It does not. An hour passes. No one comes. Then I start looking in all directions to find someone other than the invited ones or the hosts. Not to meet him, to avoid him. I have heard too often, ‘Only fools follow the rules and the writing on the invitation cards’. Read More »Militarisation of the Punjabi mind

ISLAMABAD: Nisar’s ballistic speech and the invisible conspiracy curve

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By Mohammad Malick

It is bad enough being a reporter for it turns you into a cynic and an incorrigible snoop who tries finding the hidden curve even in a straight drawn line. It gets even worse when that reporter turns into a columnist and gets the opportunity to add his views and opinions to an otherwise straight story. And, in case, you are wondering why I have presented this long winding prelude, the answer is simple; I have been trying to find that hidden curve in what was otherwise a straight blistering and blasting speech delivered by the parliamentary opposition leader, Ch Nisar of the PML-N. Read More »ISLAMABAD: Nisar’s ballistic speech and the invisible conspiracy curve

Of lazy MNAs, lucky forex kings and lousy legislation-By Mohammad Malick

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Maybe legislation is too serious a business for our legislators and maybe its time we lowered our expectations, or even better, dropped them altogether. How else do you rationalise the behaviour of our elected reps when on a private members day in the National Assembly (of all the days) the movers of their bills don’t even bother turning up to table them in the house. Maybe Riaz Fatiana was too busy playing up to Salim Saifullah and Hamid Nasir Chattha to really care about his bill, or was it his bull. Even those members who did drag themselves to the house appeared more interested in huddling into little chat groups and grudgingly dispersed after a stern sounding admonishment from a visibly irritated Speaker Fehmida Mirza. But trust this forced semblance of orderly conduct to go to the dogs the moment the speaker leaves the house putting the young deputy speaker in the chair. It’s time the young Mr Kundi got a hook on things or his reputation may go the canine way as well.Read More »Of lazy MNAs, lucky forex kings and lousy legislation-By Mohammad Malick

ISLAMABAD: Of Raza’s elusive committees and Sherry’s Sherman on Leghari

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By Mohammad Malick
I have good news and bad news, so let’s begin with the good. The good news is that leader of the Upper House Raza Rabbani assured his Senate peers that the government was committed to implementing the in-camera security resolution and that the critically important and non-partisan Oversight Parliamentary Committee would be “constituted very soon”. The bad (and real) news is that Raza had made the same commitment two weeks back and judging by the ongoing political churn, we just may hear him reiterating the same commitment another week down the road.Read More »ISLAMABAD: Of Raza’s elusive committees and Sherry’s Sherman on Leghari