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?

Politics for dummies

The PTI chief and his tabdeeli brigade are all set for another dharna show on November 30. What political gains the leader aims to make from this repeat telecast after Dr. Qadri is back to reinvigorate the anti-government movement is not hard to imagine. The government is a bit anxious which given its superdooper governance . . . → Read More: Politics for dummies

Should PTI be maligning Gen Raheel in the rigging probe muddle

After being criticised by all and sundry over his demand for inclusion of Inter-Services Intelligence and Military Intelligence men in the judicial probe of alleged rigging in 2013 election by PTI chief Imran Khan, the beleaguered PTI now claims that the Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif has offered Imran Khan the inclusion of . . . → Read More: Should PTI be maligning Gen Raheel in the rigging probe muddle

Gen Musharraf – Too late for regrets

By Muhammad Ali Ehsan

The last time I shook his hand, he was leaving 1 Corps Headquarters Mangla for Rawalpindi. I was posted at the Corps Headquarters as a Grade 11 staff officer. On that day, General Pervez Musharraf had no idea why he was being summoned to Rawalpindi by the prime minister. . . . → Read More: Gen Musharraf – Too late for regrets

PTI won’t remain peaceful after November 30 rally in Islamabad: Imran Khan

Imran Khan says PTI won’t remain peaceful after Nov 30 rally in Islamabad

Apparently frustrated by the fact that their three-month-long agitation against the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has failed in achieving their primary objective – the prime minister’s resignation –Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and his close ally Sheikh Rashid . . . → Read More: PTI won’t remain peaceful after November 30 rally in Islamabad: Imran Khan