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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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No man, said the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, steps in the same river twice. Because by the time he steps in it for what is ostensibly the second time, it is not the

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It’s a bit of a fast, a day at the PM’s secretariat . There’s no food. Earlier on in the whole austerity business, there were at least some biscuits. Now, just your

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What goes around, comes around. The offshore accounts of the First Sister (?) are being thrown in the Prime Minister’s face. A bit unfair to do so, you ask? That she is

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With Naya Pakistan, attempts at Naya Lahore in the offing. Apparently, a task force has been set up for a shake-up in matters pertaining to the city. IMF-imported economist and policy wonk

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Chaudhry Pervez Elahi’s video in which he is expressing resentment against the current Punjab Governor has been doing the rounds lately. Though he has faced criticism for it, some have actually gone

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The Rules of Business are clear: there can be only one Chief Minister. But that doesn’t mean there is a shortage of aspirants for éminence grise. Amongst the contenders for wanting to

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He’s pulling out all the stops in the bypoll for Lahore’s NA-131, Humayun Akhtar Khan is. It was a razor-thing lead with which that Imran Khan beat Saad Rafiq here. And the

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She’s come out of her shell, the First Lady has, what with her much-awaited television debut. The channel’s ratings would have gone through the roof. Good on them! In the imagination of

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