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Though the sacking of Shahbaz Gill, the rabble-rousing Punjab CM spokesperson, has gotten more press, it is the removal of Aun Chaudhry from his position in the Punjab government that has more

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It was a mixed dining experience for the patrons of one of Lahore’s swankiest restaurants the other day. On the one hand, their meal was interrupted by a raid by the police,

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A curious state of affairs in the automotive sector. The government’s haphazard and presumably ill-thought taxation structure has brought about a lop-sided change in consumption patterns: people on the luxury end are

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Eidul Azha came and went and with it were the usual comments on the practice of sacrifice itself. Whereas there could be introspection within the faith itself about whether the mass sacrifice

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He’s tried the whole passive-aggressive girlfriend routine with the Sharifs and it didn’t work. So Chaudhry Nisar used the nuclear option and actually left the League at a sensitive point in time.

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In style, fitness and matters sartorial – if not much else – the prime minister cuts quite a figure. After this US visit, the fellow who stitched his shalwar-kameez is seeing great

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Some rumours of the Punjab’s former first lady Tehmina Durrani of having left the country. No such thing, apparently. Busy writing a book on the late national saint Abdus Sattar Edhi, while

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Yes, it’s a bizarre protocol, this whole business of the airports now wrapping all luggage items in plastic. Apparently, they say it’s for the safety of the contents of the luggage. The

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The World Cup might not have yielded a victory for Pakistan but certainly has kickstarted the careers of some willing and unwilling social media influencers and memelords. One are the ‘Inna nu

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A sizeable number of senior female politicians, we are told, have not only gone under the knife for a bit of nip-and-tuck but also routinely get their fix of Botox. Secrecy is

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The government has gone into a PR overdrive in relation to the budget. God knows they need to, given the mood of the street these days. In one of these offensives, the

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A cottage industry of rumours about the prime minister’s marriage has sprung up again. This time round, a television pundit has even gone to the extent of saying that the union was

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It was an interesting press conference. Senior print journalists on one side and senior ministers, headed by the prime minister himself, on the other. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry and his bette noire

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Citibankers are living it up these days. There’s Hashim Jawan Bakht, the current Punjab finance minister. There’s Zubair Soomro, recently appointed as the chairman of NBP. They’ve had it good historically, of

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Where is the press czar of the current government? Ever since his tussle with Naeem ul Haq, the man seems to be on a soft gag order of sorts. He used to

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The Indian army might be one of the largest in the world, yet the merry folk of Bollywood feel they should be the ones firing the salvos in the current bit of

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Sheikh Rasheed, the Pindiboy extraordinaire, the self-described ‘downtown man’, seems to have been given a shut up call by Imran Khan recently. In his constant harangues against Shehbaz Sharif’s appointment as the

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