Author Archives: Editorial

New budget

Weak footing The government enters the new fiscal year on a week footing. They missed out on all important targets. Growth was way off mark. Both manufacturing and agriculture are in crisis.

Imran Khan’s parrots

And their honest police force For two days PTI sycophants lavished praises over the KP government for arresting revenue minister Ali Amin Gandapur. Their comments were identical. Didn’t we say the police

Finally, the budget

Between fact and fiction   On the surface, at least, there was little different about this budget than previous ones. It was difficult to tell, for example, that this was the sitting

The need for peace

Good for both India and Pakistan   Setting aside provocative statements by the Indian government leaders, the COAS has said that Pakistan is capable of giving a befitting response to any aggression

Pie in the sky

Without concrete steps, claims mean nothing   The President’s address to the joint session contained numerous promises to turn around the country. The President vowed to build Pakistan in accordance with Jinnah’s

Economic Survey

Another tale of missed targets Once again the Survey disappoints. Interestingly, the finance minister found reason to celebrate the provisional 4.2 percent GDP growth figure – which missed the set target of

Dir decision

Appreciated novelty   There were rumours about some sort of agreement between political parties – it later emerged that documents were indeed signed – to bar women from voting in the Dir

The Sethi withdrawal

Leave cricket to cricketers Finally, Najam Sethi finds the good sense to disassociate himself from the ICC presidency. For one thing, he would have felt out of place, especially as president, owing

Ramzan promises

Just as broken The PML-N has not had a good record of honouring campaign promises so far in its third time in government. Tax revenues, which were supposed to finally go up

Heed the portents

Terrorism’s roots in Punjab and government’s inaction   While looking for the terrorists Pakistan’s agencies fail to see what lies under their nose. Numerous terrorist sanctuaries as well as helpers and financiers

Mian Iftikhar’s arrest

Miscarriage of justice   How unfortunate that the immediate reaction to the Pabbi incident landed ANP’s Mian Iftikhar in judicial lockup, even though the father of the deceased admitted in court that

Double standards

PTI’s political approach Chief Minister KP has put total responsibility for violence and election malpractices on ECP, maintaining that his government had no role in organising the polling. Strangely, the PTI is


Could have done better   The prime minister didn’t really need to visit the ISI headquarters to tell the clandestine services that our biggest challenges now are extremism and terrorism. This posturing

Two years in the bag

Nawaz survives   The government has reportedly quite a party planned to celebrate its second year in power. Things weren’t smooth all the way, of course. Not long ago there were serious