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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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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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