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Well, the premier did not return from London at the scheduled end of his visit. It appears he’s fallen in love with the city. And he is to be joined by his

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Well, everyone and their aunt Zulekha had a thing or two to say about Bilawal’s speech from the week ago. It was trashed; it was lauded. Many thought his address, which pulled

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Well, he’s back. After much speculation that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is going to take a back seat for sister Asifa, who was looking more and more like the heir apparent, the PPP

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Their man in London Well, here’s a bit of irony. The man who will be our high commissioner to the UK has had a bit of a zigzag trajectory. The ex-army man

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Dr Ghulaam Mujtaba, that Karachi dude who has his face plastered over billboards all over Karachi and, for that matter, the internet, had quite an experience the other day. He was flying

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Bad news for junketeers this government. The prime minister isn’t accompanied by the usual posse in his entourage anymore. The previous government, on the other hand, used to be accompanied by a

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Known gourmand. Eccentric dresser. Meticulous host. Scion of one of Pakistan’s press royalty families. And, oh, also our former representative to the United Nations. Abdullah Hussain Haroon got his gig at the

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The now former president chose to spend his last hours as the head of state with members of the journalist community. It was a lavish feast, followed by, believe it or not,

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OK, so the prime minister likes his food. Is that a crime? So does everybody; what’s the big deal? He’s just an average Joe, who goes around to the neighbourhood chaat shop,

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The departing president threw a farewell dinner, an alwidayya, as it is known around these parts. Well, the presidency, not known generally to be a gourmand’s treasure trove, pulled out the stops

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He’s not the Nawaz Sharif of yore, the new prime minister wants you to believe. No sir. In fact, here’s an e-mail address, a personal e-mail address, one that he checks every

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It takes a fortune to keep Gandhi poor, quipped Sarojani Naidu. Something of the sort at the federal cabinet and secretariat as well! As per the directives of the interim prime minister,

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The PTI’s fan following – or Insafians, as some have taken to calling them, in order to avoid the delightful but crass portmanteau “Youthias” – are up in arms. Anyone with even

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Meanwhile, let’s not forget the generalissimo. Our man Pervez is a prisoner in his own farm house. His only consolation in a dip in the pool. Much to the chagrin of his

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