Movie Review: Arranged

Choosing to live by faith in a faithless world     While the idea of an arranged marriage sounds backward and outdated in the modern world, the movie ‘Arranged’ shows that you

The moral collapse

A burden of unbearable pain and grief   “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves

Shuffling or wriggling?

Why N’s having to do what he’s doing   Why does Nawaz need the cabinet shuffle, really? Rearranging it means the arrangement didn’t work, which sort of plays into his opponents’ hands


‘The government is paralysed’  It will limp along to the next general election It’s a good time to interview Aitzaz Ahsan. It was for a reason that Khurshid Shah was side stepped

White Lies

Many cricketing terms seem to have made their way into political jargon, thanks to the kaptaan. Much was made out of the talk of ‘third umpire’ recently. Match-fixing has been around for

While the country implodes

The emperor has no clothes     At a certain level it seems the country is imploding from within. In a single day in one provincial capital – Quetta — thirteen people

Trading dead bodies and dreams

Politics that lives by those who are gone   “When beggars die, there are no comets seen; The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.” William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar “For in

Reading the tea leaves

Another jolt to the system may not be far off     The end of Pakistan Awami Tehreek’s sit-in has removed much of the tension that had characterised the political atmosphere for

White Lies

Dar sahib was in Washington recently. He’s used to gracing the IMF’s annual board meeting (Pakistan’s often in business with the Fund when he’s finance minister). And since he was in town,

PPP-MQM tiff is nothing new

Deciphering political developments from a unique vantage point     Pakistani politics has clearly gone into high gear. From PTI/PAT dharna to jalsa transformation, PPP attempts at resurgence in Punjab, to MQM

A Nigerian initiative

And Pakistani businessmen like what they see     Pakistan and Nigeria have agreed to boost their trade volume from the existing US$100 million to US$300 million in the coming years, as