Author Archives: Editorial

Latest Saudi visit

A diplomatic conundrum Prime Minister Imran Khan is in Saudi Arabia for the fourth time in a year on “official business” as part of “regular exchanges” between the leadership of the two

More provinces?

Is the MQM (P) asking for its pound of flesh? An MQM (P) member has submitted a bill to the National Assembly Secretariat proposing a doubling of the number of provinces in

The lawyers on the rampage

Government’s failure to save lives and property The attack on the Punjab Institute of Cardiology was not a spontaneous outburst of anger over some provocative act but a well-thought-out, coldblooded action carried

Meeting bad with worse

The threat not to cooperate does not solve anything PML-N parliamentary leader Khawaja Asif has reason to be irate at the government, or rather the PTI. After all, its supporters staged a


Hold an independent enquiry, take the culprits to law The attack by a band of lawyers on the Punjab Institute of Cardiology (PIC) Lahore surpasses several earlier acts of lawlessness by  members

India’s CAB

Wreaking havoc on the Muslims of the North-East Both Houses of Indian Parliament have passed the Citizenship Act (Amendment) Bill, which removes a vast number of Muslims from the purview of Indian

Political vengeance overriding law

The PTI and opposition leaders The only task the PTI government has fulfilled thoroughly is to persecute the opposition, the motive being political revenge. Had there been a genuine desire to bring

Levers of control

The government goes for both bureaucrats and the media The PTI has long shown an authoritarian streak that comes from its holier-than-thou self-righteousness. However, it seems that it is now trying to

PTI has to avoid Russian Roulette

Dangerous because it involves taking unpredictable risks Some of the slogans raised by protestors aligned with the PTI outside the Avenfield apartments were provocative. These were also highly condemnable because they invited

Getting into the thick of things

Why is the NAB chairman making political statements? The National Accountability Bureau (NAB), due to its hyperactivity, perpetually remains in the headlines, for launching high-profile investigations that usually progress quickly towards politicians,

Joining hands to deliver

Need to bring detained MNAs to the House The government-opposition mudfest continues as usual. PTI supporters gathered outside Avenfield apartments asking for Nawaz Sharif’s head, law or no law. Maulana Fazlur Rehman

Rupee climbs

But so does debt It has been a rough ride for the PTI government in terms of the economic issues it has had to face. The slide of the rupee against the

PML-N’s London huddle

Opposition must be full-blooded The PML-N has found that one of the disadvantages of having not just eponymous founder Nawaz Sharif, but also party President Mian Shehbaz Sharif in London is that

A timely measure

Kamyab Jawan Programme At a time when the economy is in a pretty bad shape and the number of the unemployed is on the increase, the announcement of a microfinance scheme for


À la NAB It is no coincidence that whenever the political arena heats up to the disadvantage of the ruling government, that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) becomes overactive in its relentless

Digital Pakistan vision

Illusion versus reality Digital technology has already made a significant headway in our society. Smartphones are being used in Pakistan to send and receive messages, access mail, hail cabs to work, send