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

Time to stop waiting for Messiahs

Need for a reset

While former dictator and COAS Pervez Musharraf seeks a permanent constitutional role for the army in politics, during the past year the military’s role in national affairs has perceptibly increased. Hence it is no coincidence that while meeting General Raheel Sharif last week in Washington, Secretary of State John Kerry described . . . → Read More: Time to stop waiting for Messiahs

More plans to come

The fearless leader of the PTI, Mr Cornered Tiger himself, recently announced a “Plan C” for the removal of Mian Nawaz Sharif. As originally presented, the plan was to “shut Pakistan down” through strikes and demonstrations. Subsequently, the plan has been downgraded a bit.

You see, in order to ‘shut down’ a country, it must . . . → Read More: More plans to come

Final flight and hereafter

It was going to be heavy, whatever it was. It even had a hashtag.

#FinalFight, they said. Barho ke manzil qareeb hai ab, they said. The Movement for Justice Party’s movement for justice came to a climax on the 30th of November… until the next climax, slated for the middle of December.

Imran Khan’s had . . . → Read More: Final flight and hereafter

Shutdown or showdown?

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan threw down yet another gauntlet for the PML-N led government on Sunday, announcing the party’s plan to paralyse major cities – and eventually “shut down” the entire country by December 16.

Addressing a crowd of thousands assembled at D-Chowk, Imran unveiled “Plan C”:

“On Thursday (December 4), I . . . → Read More: Shutdown or showdown?