Tag: Asif Ali Zardari

Culture, Corruption and the Hereafter

Some readers, whose intelligence I respect, took my last op-ed to be dismissive of corruption as a cause of Pakistan’s social decay. I apologise for having failed to express myself adequately: I certainly do not dispute that Pakistan is reaping the terrible consequences of wholesale corruption. Corruption, by definition, expropriates that which rightfully belongs to…

In memory of Shamim ur Rehman

Although it’s normal in our culture not to recognize intellectuals when they are alive, it’s shocking to know how Shamim’s fellow journalists treated him after he passed away silently! A friend and former colleague of mine emails me the shocking news from Islamabad that our former colleague of PTV News Shamim ur Rehman passed away…

The "Water Car" Fraud

Agha Waqar Ahmad deserves a medal from the people of Pakistan for his great service to the nation. In a few short days, he has exposed just how far Pakistan has fallen into the pit of ignorance and self-delusion. No practical joker could have demonstrated more dramatically the true nature of our country’s political leaders,…

Humpty Dumpty’s Pakistan

“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” Mr Dumpty, meet Mr Zardari   This week, for the umpteenth time, the president got to invent his very own reality about what the law of the land…

Judiciary Again: Serving Their Masters

It is a recorded fact that the Pakistani justices have pretty much always provided a legalistic rationale for all military adventures in Pakistan. A sad and glaring example of that is the enigma of “doctrine of necessity” invoked by the justices in the mid-1970s to provide a justification for Zia-ul-Haq’s illegal and unconstitutional regime. We…

The last(ing) tango

If abused patience runs the risk of turning into fury, has American patience with Pakistan finally run out and should we expect a major falling-out? By Monday, it was clear Pakistan had been shipwrecked on the rocks of its own intransigence, reduced to a hangdog at a summit at which it had thought it was…

Punished for 30 seconds

Gilani or no Gilani, the democratic process should prevail and the current government should be allowed to continue and complete its term for the first time in political history of Pakistan. Continuing its tradition, Pakistan has revealed another surprise in its political basket that has astonished the whole world.The Supreme Court of Pakistan has pronounced…

Adiala angels, Baloch bodies and Punjabi conscience

“Monday’s appearance in the Supreme Court (SC) of the missing Adiala prisoners,” wrote a columnist, “was a reminder of the human aspect of this story, providing the media with direct access to the sadness and horror of the lives of Pakistan’s missing people. As such it was a rare public manifestation of the lack of…

The Obsolete Prime Minister

Why has Prime Minister Gilani suddenly found himself on the precipice of utility?  Once upon a time, in the eighties, Gilani was a young minister in Prime Minister Junejo’s cabinet. At that point, Junejo wasn’t quite getting along with his Punjab chief minister, Nawaz Sharif. Most worryingly, even Ziaul Haq was convinced Nawaz was getting…