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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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The ANP hasn’t built anything, said Imran Khan recently at a rally in KP, in a cricket stadium that was built, ironically, by the ANP. His recent fall was well documented but

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They’re not as caustic as the sort they have in the US, but TV political attack ads have made their way to Pakistan. One in particular, a PPP ad that plays a

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The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf would make for a good TV high-school series. It is already filled with cliques of mean girls and douches. Take the saga of Fauzia Kasuri and Dr Shireen “It’s

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How the mighty fall. There was a time when our man Musharraf used to have a swagger to put the best to shame. You know, the sort that pubescent boys unsure of


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Ah, the vagaries of the Malik system. The Interior Ministry is but a Malik fiefdom. First, Rehman Malik, now Malik Habib and later, perhaps, Veena. Why Malik Habib was chosen to be

Whites lies

The scion of a prominent family from KP’s (till recently) ruling party recently got married to some girl in the Punjab. Inter-ethnic marriages aren’t uncommon these days but what appeared on the


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Whites lies

The scion of a prominent family from KP’s (till recently) ruling party recently got married to some girl in the Punjab. Inter-ethnic marriages aren’t uncommon these days but what appeared on the

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