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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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The newly elected government has given a lot of material for the opposition and heartache for its followers with the ascension to important positions of some friends of the chairman of the

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Promises of austerity (never asked for in the first place) fell apart when the prime minister started moving about in his official helicopter. In order to justify it, the official spin machine

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An interesting event on Defence Day this year. The prime minister was invited and made an extempore speech/sermon. The incumbent defence minister was also present but so was the last man, Khwaja

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“E = mc^2” “F = ma” “a^2 + b^2 = c^2” “55/km” Ah, the great, revolutionary mathematical equations of the world! The new information minister could have well stayed quiet about the

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For all his talk of a muscular nationalism, the new prime minister didn’t let form get to him and received the call from the US Secretary of State, rather than let the

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People can fumble at oath-taking ceremonies at times. If the fabulously articulate Barak Obama can get it wrong, anyone can. Though it wasn’t the US’s first black president’s fault; Chief Justice Roberts

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It was the hubris of victory! We mean, the hubris of what was painstakingly made to look like a victory! PM-designate Imran Khan wanted to have a big bash at his oath-taking,

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After all that lobbying to become the caretaker foreign minister (after really angling for the top slot) the man is nowhere to be found. The proceedings of the foreign ministry, in this

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Well, it’s out, Reham Khan’s much awaited book is. It started doing the rounds on the WhatsApp and everyone and their uncle Shakeel started forwarding the PDF file to each other. Large

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The Robert Kennedy to Nawaz’s John F, Shehbaz Sharif, promptly held a presser after the verdict against his brother and niece. Analysts say that though he condemned the verdict, his verbiage wasn’t

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After truncated press conferences ad nauseum, replete with promises of next-time-pakka, Chaudhry Nisar has finally started speaking out clearly against the Sharifs. Told him not to speak out against the army, he

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There’s a fine line between swanky and decadent. The recent London birthday celebration (the big four-oh) held for the wife of a prominent close associate of Asif Zardari’s was firmly on one

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His Khadimness was at a soon-to-be-inaugurated mega power plant recently, where he praised the progress of the said project and also how much money had been saved during the construction. He spoke

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So much for the supreme court’s recent  directives against VIP protocols. His Khadimness recently landed at his Model Town residence on his chopper. To make the necessary arrangements, the surrounding streets and

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