Bilawal’s PPP will have to be better than Zardari’s

By Moeed Yusuf

BILAWAL Bhutto’s political career has been launched in earnest courtesy of the Sindh cultural festival. Some seem impressed by his performance. He’s got what it takes to follow his grandfather and mother’s footsteps, they say.

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Political realities behind PPP’s façade

By Feisal Naqvi

Dear Bilawal,

Congratulations on the Sindh Festival. Yes, there were some hiccups. But the fact remains that the PPP, under what appears to be your guidance, took a positive step. Music and art are always important but never more so in these dark days.

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Sindh local governance amendment deemed unconstitutional

The Sindh High Court (SHC) Monday ruled all amendments made to the Local Government Ordinance unconstitutional and has ordered that they be withdrawn, DawnNews reported.

A divisional bench of the SHC, headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, declared the local government act as unconstitutional.

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SHEEPISH SHEEP

As the day of sacrifice approaches the numbers of bovine creatures become more and more visible. They await their fate helplessly as religious fervor increases by the day. Looking at these animals one wonders if the vast majority of those who live in this land are any different from them—except, of course, for the obvious . . . → Read More: SHEEPISH SHEEP

WELL CUM! WELL CUM!

By Adam Raj

The strong chant WELL CUM WELL CUM by frail Aitezaz Ahsan at the PPP’s rally to welcome former President Zardari to Lahore set the tone for the proceedings. A supporting drumbeat from the Dhol maestro Papoo Sain would have done wonders but his speech that followed the chant made up for this . . . → Read More: WELL CUM! WELL CUM!

The people of Pakistan demand answers

By Brig Asif Haroon Raja

The new regime has been handed down a huge mess and is at a loss where to start from and which problem to tackle first. All macroeconomic indicators are in negative, national kitty is empty and foreign investment has dried up. It has inherited bankrupt economy, an unmanageable energy crisis, . . . → Read More: The people of Pakistan demand answers

Killing tourists serves what purpose

The newly elected government of Mian Nawaz Sharif has inherited a difficult task, that was visible to everyone and PML-N being the friendly opposition party of ruling junta during last 5 years must have been more in the know of things and should have prepared with a team and plan to revamp the damage made . . . → Read More: Killing tourists serves what purpose

Perks plucked

The federal government has proposed withdrawing the powers of the National Assembly speaker and Senate chairperson allowing the holders of the offices to grant themselves unlimited privileges, along with drastically slashing the travel allowance of parliamentarians, in a bid to stem the misuse of taxpayers’ money.

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Careful what you wish for

The party of ‘economic revival’ is now squirming in the hot seat, breaking a sweat as it anxiously tip-toes around potential landmines. The loaded pre-election speeches promising quick fixes that won the populist vote have been written off as a theatrically gripping display of pathos and the people have once again been handed out the . . . → Read More: Careful what you wish for

Bridging the political-layman disconnect

Democracy is for the so called middle class, states journalist Tahir Mehdi, author of the Motorcycle Diaries, a report on the political reality of rural areas in the weeks leading up to the general elections. With urban classes broiled in the pre-election frenzy of political association, Mehdi gives an insight into how 70 per cent . . . → Read More: Bridging the political-layman disconnect