Its all in the stars

The stars can affect us in unpredictable ways. Astrologists have long tried to predict fame and fortune from the alignment of planets and interstellar objects, with middling degrees of success. The Herald looks at some of the illustrious personalities of Pakistan and tries to make humorous forecasts of what successes or failures – mainly failures . . . → Read More: Its all in the stars

Democracy at its worst!

​Debt was 1,500 Billion at end of Musharraf’s Govt…..Jumped to 14,000 Billion​ at end of Zardari’s term; PML-N Govt has borrowed 18,800 Billion in just 18 months, and the term is not over yet

The figures showing the increase in our National debt are frightening. They show that not only are our leaders incompetent, but . . . → Read More: Democracy at its worst!

KP goes green – ready to plant over a billion trees

A massive reforestation campaign is underway in Pakistan’s violent northwestern province, where authorities plan to plant one billion trees by end of 2018 to help restore deforested lands and provide thousands of jobs.

Dubbed as “Billion Tree Tsunami”, or BTT, officials hope to increase the forested area from 20 percent to 22 percent in a . . . → Read More: KP goes green – ready to plant over a billion trees

Why I didn’t vote for Imran Khan this time

It was a hot, stuffy afternoon in May 2013. My whole family was out in force, queuing up to cast votes. For all of us, it was a special occasion as we had never voted before. None of us had a clue as to who Hamid Khan was. It was enough that he . . . → Read More: Why I didn’t vote for Imran Khan this time

Tabdeeli, where art thou?

A return to politics as usual, is it not? Well, surprise surprise! Turns out the #PeshawarAttack was no watershed moment for Pakistan’s political elite. At least that’s what it looks like. The army seems to be going above and beyond, risking stretching itself too thin, trying to fight off multiple threats while the political leadership . . . → Read More: Tabdeeli, where art thou?

Our resolve is stronger than your bullet!

Army chief Gen Raheel Sharif received on Monday children to mark resumption of schooling in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after horrific Taliban-led attack on Army Public School (APS) in Peshawar on December 16 last leaving some 150 people, including 132 schoolchildren, massacred.

“Everyone (is) in high spirit,” a tweet from ISPR chief Maj.-Gen Asif Bajwa quoted Gen . . . → Read More: Our resolve is stronger than your bullet!

Livin’ on a Prayer

Recently, a former politician turned television host, with a huge fan following, in his infinite wisdom placed the blame of the Peshawar attack solely on the shoulders of a much targeted minority sect on his wildly popular morning show. With absolute conviction, he stated that the members of this sect are Zionist agents and do . . . → Read More: Livin’ on a Prayer

From 1992 to 2015: World Cup

In 1992, the team that won the World Cup had an exceptional blend of talented young players and a few men with loads of experience of international cricket. Among the seasoned players were Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Saleem Malik, Rameez Raja, Wasim Akram and Ijaz Ahmed. It had quite a few youngsters who went on . . . → Read More: From 1992 to 2015: World Cup

Faisalabad killer belongs to a banned outfit

The three-member committee – constituted by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to find out facts regarding December 8 riots in Faisalabad in which a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) worker was killed – has put entire burden of the tragedy on police and local administration.

On December 8, the PTI was observing a shutter-down strike in . . . → Read More: Faisalabad killer belongs to a banned outfit

PML-N fails to realize and react… again

It is 10:30 in the morning (Monday) as I write this and different TV channels are reporting live on the deteriorating situation in Faisalabad. Whatever happens this much is clear: the situation is not in the control of the local administration, Rana Sanaullah’s bluster notwithstanding. And please bear in mind this is not Mianwali, Imran . . . → Read More: PML-N fails to realize and react… again