The prime minister and NA

Sawing off the branch one is sitting on The noisy PTI MNAs continuously disturbed and heckled the Leader of the Opposition when he started to speak on the budget on Monday. This led

 World Cup blues

The hits just keep on coming After watching Pakistan lose to West Indies in spectacular fashion only to beat England in the following match by giving them a near impossible target to

Ground realities

Just saying so doesn’t fix the economy Prime Minister Imran Khan held a meeting of party stalwarts at his Bani Gala residence on Saturday to discuss the new commission on determining responsibility

Bilawal-Maryam meeting

Opposition being forced to combine PPP Co-Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s visit to PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz was not the first time they had met (they had iftari together during Ramazan last month),

The lawyers sit-in

A straw in the wind The lawyers sit-in outside the Supreme Court on Friday brought together leaders of the legal profession from all the four provinces regardless of their political orientations and

Hypocrisy galore

PTI’s actions are somehow automatically kosher A little over two months are left for Prime Minister Imran Khan to complete a full one year in office. From an economic point of view

Pak-US relations

Who is minding the store? For Prime Minister Imran Khan the only issue is that of sending all opposition leaders to jail. After handing over the management of the economy to the

Figures that don’t match

How did the government make its budget? The federal Finance Ministry will either get the non-development side of the budget wrong, or the Public Sector Development programme is going to come unstuck,

Bishkek summit

A test for PM’s diplomatic skills The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation has great importance for Pakistan. What remains to be seen is whether the government has the capacity to make full use of

The new inquiry commission

More bitterness, little benefit The budget session was a painful ordeal for Prime Minister Imran Khan. He had to be in the House, for there was no other way to ensure PML-N

Opposition disarray

No unifying figure available The Opposition cannot keep putting off a decision about when exactly it is to make good on its murmurings about a movement against the government, not now that

PTI’s first federal budget

Pakistan handed over to IMF to hide incompetence The PTI has handed over all powers to the IMF to take fiscal decisions for the next 40 months. The present Budget underlines what

Queering the pitch for the PTM

As PTI loses popularity, it fears elections Suddenly the KP government has felt it necessary to write to the ECP to delay July 2 elections in merged tribal districts now forming part of the

Shehbaz returns

Will the budget let the opposition launch a movement? National Assembly Leader of the Opposition Mian Shehbaz Sharif’s return home from London, where he had gone on bail from NAB custody, means

Lawyers’ protests

Have all avenues been exhausted? A lawyers’ movement in favour of impugned Supreme Court judge Mr Justice Qazi Faez Isa seems to have been launched by a decision of various provincial bar