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Petulant PML-N

Petulant PML-N

HERE are several variations to it. Forgive and forget. That’s usually impossible. Forgive, but never forget. That takes assuredness. And then there’s the PML-N: don’t forgive, but pretend to forget.…

35 Punctures – The Real Story

35 punctures – the real story

Now now, I might not have followed the 35 punctures story last year, but that doesn’t mean I can’t be up at 3:30 in the morning to write about it.…

The Sadists In Economy

The sadists in economy

Budget making is not an yearly function as the budget proposals keep on rolling dependent as it is on the spending habits of the moghuls. That all political parties have…

Chinese Whispers

Chinese whispers

Numbers can be obscure and complicated, but sometimes they tell a tale of their own. So, with fair warning, chew on these figures a minute: $5.4 billion, $3.7bn, $2.1bn, $1.6bn,…

In All Its Ugliness

In all its ugliness

The three-yearly election to the Senate, which had filled the air with revelations of corruption and vote-buying, ended somewhat tamely last week with a flurry of self-congratulatory verbiage spouted by…

The PML-N’s Best Friend

The PML-N’s best friend

PARLIAMENT saved democracy. No, the opposition saved democracy. No, the government saved its own skin. No, the script writers balked. No, Qadri and Imran failed. Everyone’s got a theory. But…

The Zardari Myth

The Zardari myth

THE cool cat is flustered. A grimace has replaced the perma-grin. Trouble is a comin’. But we have seen this Asif before. Back during memogate; back when Haqqani’s conniving put…

The US’ Next Frontier

The US’ next frontier

Barack Obama is a frequent flyer. That goes with his job as America’s diplomat-in-chief. In six years at the White House, the 44th president of the US has visited 48…

Who Would Have Thought…

Who would have thought…

‘Dushman maray tay khushi naa karyay sajna vee mar jana.” For a man of Shahbaz Sharif’s purpose and energy, the replacement of Habib Jalib with Mian Muhammad Bakhsh would be…