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Two sides, same coin

Both PML(N) and PPP are now two sides of the same coin. Both are without any political ideology. Two committees have been formed by PML(N) chief and Prime Minister to implement the 10-point national agenda given by PML(N) to government to solve the problems faced by the country.
One of the items of the agenda is about the corruption which has now reached record level. Ironically, the committee members are among those who are facing serious charges of committing irregularities or

PIA sale on instalments

According to some media reports the PIA has agreed to a deal with the Turkish Airline to hand over its profitable business routes to Turkish Airline while in response it will help PIA gain its regional routes. This arrangement would not only ruin the national carrier but also spoil the potential of best human resources of PIA while giving away its loyal Pakistani passengers to foreign airline.
This MoU states that the PIA would end its operations to the USA, Germany, Spain,

Biased West and biased media

US Congresswoman Ms Gabby Giffords was shot in the head while speaking at a public event in Tucson, Arizona on January 8, 2011. About 19 people were shot in that incident. A Federal Judge Justice John M Roll was also killed. According to witnesses, the gunman who opened fire at Gabrielle Giffords and Judge John Roll was a white male in his early 20s named Jared Lee Loughner. But nobody in the western media mentioned his religion, nationality and race nor did anyone called him

Discrimination at work

Discrimination at work place can take many shapes. It can be in the form of a simple rejection of leave application or it can be delay of your promotion for a longer period of time. When due to the judgments of your peers or bosses, you miss out on opportunities, or feel uncomfortable or your work is affected, you are sure being discriminated. It can be in many forms like missing out on specific opportunities like transfers, promotions, not being paid the same as someone else doing

The SC steps in

After making Walters Power International return Rs 2 billion to the state exchequer, the Supreme Court has ordered power firm Techno Energy to refund Rs 780 million along with the mark up for failure to fulfill the terms of its contract with the government. The recovery is all the more welcome as it comes at a time when the country faces an unprecedented financial crunch. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has also summoned a former federal minister and three retired generals in the Rs 50

Karachi burns

How does one deal with the problem that is Karachi? A debate that ensues every time the city is gripped by violence, as it is now, with more than 30 people dying within three days. It is usually a fruitless debate, with pundits espousing unworkable solutions on the one hand and hesitating to call a spade a spade on the other. A particular solution, too ugly to be articulated on public fora, is also doing the rounds. That only proportional violence from all sides will yield an end to


Arif Nizami

Quaid’s Pakistan

Events have moved so fast since the advent of the New Year that it is difficult to keep pace with them. Salmaan Taseer’s tragic assassination coincided with Nawaz Sharif’s ultimatum in the wake of the virtual falling apart of the ruling coalition. MQM is back in the folds again and now we are told by no less than Nawaz Sharif himself, that his ultimatum was not an ultimatum at all.
Governor Latif Khosa’s oath-taking ceremony was almost surreal in the sense that the PML(N) that


White Lies

Being a law minister and spokesman for the big man is a major honour but someone still pines for that glamorous colonial mansion on Lahore’s Mall Road. We hear that the Doctor had been trying his best to get there before and after the late Taseer’s appointment as Governor. After Taseer’s tragic murder, the opportunity presented itself once again. Sadly, this time too, he was beaten to it by another legal eagle with just as lively a record as our good doctor. Word has it that on


Another dimension

The appointment of Sardar Latif Khosa as the Governor of Punjab is the first serious blow to the purported rapprochement between the two principal political parties of the country based on the proposed charter of demands presented by the PML(N) Quaid. One of the demands concerned the removal of the tainted ministers and officials who are part of the incumbent administration and to undertake further concrete initiatives to eliminate corruption from the country.
Latif Khosa’s


Aziz-ud-Din Ahmad

The writing on the wall

The state is in imminent danger of implosion. The killing of Governor Taseer is meant to send a clear message to the political leadership: Any politician not acceptable to the extremists could meet a similar fate. The incident, followed by rallies in support of the killer, indicates that extremist thinking is touching an all time high. It doesn’t matter whether the extremists are in a minority or that they cannot win the elections. What is significant is that they are already

An inflationary tale

According to a news report in this paper, inflation was recorded at 15 percent during the past month i.e. December 2010. No problem is a lone ranger and our economic problem also come in droves as the current recession proves. Any measures taken to control inflation (raising interest rates, cutting government spending) will hit Pakistan’s growth rate whereas letting the current inflation rate continue unabated will mean that more and more people are pushed below the poverty line. <br

Water problems

In Pakistan, vast majority of population does not have access to drinkable water. Pakistan is in the midst of what we say is the worst water crisis the country has ever seen. More than 55 million people in Pakistan are estimated to lack access to clean water. The cumulative number of deaths caused by diarrhea and other water borne diseases across rural areas and towns throughout the country is certainly much higher.
Moreover, mixing of sewerage and drinking water lines has

Capital Police maltreated

The report of Islamabad Police being mistreated by Punjab Police at Adiala Jail is a shocking development, in an already high profile case. The Capital Police had been escorting Malik Mumtaz Qadri back to Adiala Jail when they were refused entry into the jail premises, leaving many police staff exposed to danger. This incidence has exposed the level of cooperation among the police and also highlights the grudges they carry against each other. It is imperative for the greater public

Media today

Being the writer, editor and owner of two highly circulated newspapers The Comrade and Zameendar, Muhammad Ali Johar was asked several times how he managed to run these papers with such a high quality of content, as well as the printing and paper eminence. The reply was simple “I am not in this field of journalism to make money, but only to make my people aware of the dangers and ills around them and this effort of mine will lead them to their destiny”. In other words, Mr Johar had

Workplace conflicts

Nowadays, the emergence of an extremely competitive environment in the market has changed the overall business structure. Various organisations are focusing on advance technology and marketing of their products, but they are ignoring the hazardous effects of conflicts between managements and workers. In recent years, Pakistan is experiencing a severe economic recession and high inflation rate. This means that organisations try to cut costs by reducing the salaries of employees.

Political appointments

A recent report in the media stated that at least 1400 political appointments have been made in the Sindh Police. This report is worrisome to say the least. These appointments have been to the 1900 vacant constable seats in Karachi. It just goes on to prove that we have learned nothing from our past experiences.
Karachi is a city that is already marred with political, religious and ethnic violence. On top of all this, the already beleaguered police force is being subjected to

Taken for a ride

The recent reversal in the prices of petroleum products was treated with a unanimous approval by all sections of society. This was also aided by the media as labelling it as a ‘gift for the nation’. This unabashed populism by the media and the political parties who pushed the measure in the first place astonish me. The political parties are obviously looking for votes but the media could still get its ratings by covering this issue in a somewhat balanced manner.
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