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Eidul Azha came and went and with it were the usual comments on the practice of sacrifice itself. Whereas there could be introspection within the faith itself about whether the mass sacrifice

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He’s tried the whole passive-aggressive girlfriend routine with the Sharifs and it didn’t work. So Chaudhry Nisar used the nuclear option and actually left the League at a sensitive point in time.

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In style, fitness and matters sartorial – if not much else – the prime minister cuts quite a figure. After this US visit, the fellow who stitched his shalwar-kameez is seeing great

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Some rumours of the Punjab’s former first lady Tehmina Durrani of having left the country. No such thing, apparently. Busy writing a book on the late national saint Abdus Sattar Edhi, while

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Yes, it’s a bizarre protocol, this whole business of the airports now wrapping all luggage items in plastic. Apparently, they say it’s for the safety of the contents of the luggage. The

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The World Cup might not have yielded a victory for Pakistan but certainly has kickstarted the careers of some willing and unwilling social media influencers and memelords. One are the ‘Inna nu

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A sizeable number of senior female politicians, we are told, have not only gone under the knife for a bit of nip-and-tuck but also routinely get their fix of Botox. Secrecy is

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The government has gone into a PR overdrive in relation to the budget. God knows they need to, given the mood of the street these days. In one of these offensives, the

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A cottage industry of rumours about the prime minister’s marriage has sprung up again. This time round, a television pundit has even gone to the extent of saying that the union was

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It was an interesting press conference. Senior print journalists on one side and senior ministers, headed by the prime minister himself, on the other. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry and his bette noire

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Citibankers are living it up these days. There’s Hashim Jawan Bakht, the current Punjab finance minister. There’s Zubair Soomro, recently appointed as the chairman of NBP. They’ve had it good historically, of

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Where is the press czar of the current government? Ever since his tussle with Naeem ul Haq, the man seems to be on a soft gag order of sorts. He used to

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Sheikh Rasheed, the Pindiboy extraordinaire, the self-described ‘downtown man’, seems to have been given a shut up call by Imran Khan recently. In his constant harangues against Shehbaz Sharif’s appointment as the

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The daughter-in-law of a hard to track businessman is to have her birthday in Switzerland. A grand affair, with two chalets already having been booked and many rooms of a nearby hotel.

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There is a Pakistani delegation to World Economic Forum at Davos every year. Their events aren’t too well attended, unfortunately; many times the few attendees in the hall include the chauffeurs who

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Twenty percent off. The Chief Justice ruled that private schools have to reduce their fees by a fifth. Where, exactly, did this specific proportion come from, we don’t know. But His Lordship

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He’s whatever he wants to be. Sure, his title might be the Federal Minister for Water Resources, but when the man wants to be Bond, Her Majesty’s Secret Service adds a new

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