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Dr Ghulaam Mujtaba, that Karachi dude who has his face plastered over billboards all over Karachi and, for that matter, the internet, had quite an experience the other day. He was flying

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Bad news for junketeers this government. The prime minister isn’t accompanied by the usual posse in his entourage anymore. The previous government, on the other hand, used to be accompanied by a

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Known gourmand. Eccentric dresser. Meticulous host. Scion of one of Pakistan’s press royalty families. And, oh, also our former representative to the United Nations. Abdullah Hussain Haroon got his gig at the

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The now former president chose to spend his last hours as the head of state with members of the journalist community. It was a lavish feast, followed by, believe it or not,

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OK, so the prime minister likes his food. Is that a crime? So does everybody; what’s the big deal? He’s just an average Joe, who goes around to the neighbourhood chaat shop,

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The departing president threw a farewell dinner, an alwidayya, as it is known around these parts. Well, the presidency, not known generally to be a gourmand’s treasure trove, pulled out the stops

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Well, talk of Pakistan’s crumbling state owned enterprises and derelict infrastructure appears bullet points in PowerPoint presentations. But at the recent pow-wows between the government and the South Asia wing of the

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A fan of the finer things in life, the prime minister likes his fancy cars. He is a frequent attendee of a prestigious annual international car show. This penchant has permeated down

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The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Well-worn maternal advice to daughters of a particular age? Well, yes, but there’s a reason clichés are clichés. There is a measure

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Governments may come and go but the lobbyists and wheeler-dealers stay put. Seen at the oath-taking ceremony of the PM, sitting near the Punjab CM, was a businessman who was a contractor

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The last caretaker interior minister, a former military man who later served in the police, had been angling to get an advisory position in the present dispensation. In fact, his finely tuned

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Speaking of things that have remained the same, consider the performance of the national assembly. All those holding their breath for some spirited, passionate debate can breathe easy because that isn’t about

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It’s Groundhog Day here as far as the federal government is concerned. The similarities between this government and the last are uncanny. This government entered into an IMF agreement, much like the

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President Asif Ali Zardari has a lot of time on his hands now that the government isn’t his. So he has started his bit of mango diplomacy. Crates to politicians and even

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It’s the first meeting of the cabinet. The scene is tense. The kitty, we are led to believe, is empty. The power crisis hits at us unabated. The terrorists are at the

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A leading hotel magnate, our desi Hilton, has come back to Pakistan after his self-imposed exile of four years. The hotel magnate was said to have been at odds with the president.

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He’s not the Nawaz Sharif of yore, the new prime minister wants you to believe. No sir. In fact, here’s an e-mail address, a personal e-mail address, one that he checks every

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