Tag: Nawaz Sharif

The Tale of Two Marches Becoming One

In the beginning there were two marches, led by two distinctly different leaders with the followers also rivers apart: this is how this story will begin whenever some crafty writers put their mind to it. One group, led by a former cricketer, comprised the young and the diverse, the very hope of a progressive and…

Mission Accomplished: A Puppet Democratic Government

According to the latest news from Dawn, a Pakistani newspaper I love and trust, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has finally been humbled by the army, and for the rest of his term, he will be, as so many of us had feared, a “ceremonial prime minister.” [1] According to the latest reports, the new compromise…

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…

Free laptops is not the answer. What is?

To loud applause at a special distribution ceremony on Pakistan Day, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif declared: “We do not give weapons in the hands of youngsters, we give them laptops; we give them education”. The laptop scheme is the brainchild of kid brother Shahbaz Sharif, chief minister of Punjab. He says that the Punjab government…

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…

Pakistan Civilian-Military Relations

According to an apocryphal story, immediately after General Pervez Musharraf launched his infamous Kargil offensive, the Indian Prime Minister contacted Mr. Nawaz Sharif, then Prime Minister of Pakistan. “Mian Sahib” asked the Indian PM, “What are you doing to us? Why has your army launched an offensive in Kargil?” “Let me ask my generals and…

PTI and Civil Military Establishment in Pakistan

Pakistan Tehreek –i-Insaf (PTI) has been labeled as the latest horse entered in the power race by Pakistan’s Civil and Military establishment.  It is said that it is a desperate move to retain the faith of masses in an obsolete and rotten political system based on dynastic politics and corruption. PTI has been accused by…

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…

Zardari is a career

“Pakistan’s nuclear assets are not safe as long as Zardari exists [Zardari ke hotay huay],” said Shah Mehmood Qureshi a couple of weeks ago. This is gutter politics based upon shameless posturing. By making this claim, Qureshi has proved that he has the genes of his father who was a collaborator of General Zia, Pakistan’s…