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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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It takes a fortune to keep Gandhi poor, quipped Sarojani Naidu. Something of the sort at the federal cabinet and secretariat as well! As per the directives of the interim prime minister,

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The PTI’s fan following – or Insafians, as some have taken to calling them, in order to avoid the delightful but crass portmanteau “Youthias” – are up in arms. Anyone with even

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Meanwhile, let’s not forget the generalissimo. Our man Pervez is a prisoner in his own farm house. His only consolation in a dip in the pool. Much to the chagrin of his

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The ANP hasn’t built anything, said Imran Khan recently at a rally in KP, in a cricket stadium that was built, ironically, by the ANP. His recent fall was well documented but

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They’re not as caustic as the sort they have in the US, but TV political attack ads have made their way to Pakistan. One in particular, a PPP ad that plays a

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The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf would make for a good TV high-school series. It is already filled with cliques of mean girls and douches. Take the saga of Fauzia Kasuri and Dr Shireen “It’s

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How the mighty fall. There was a time when our man Musharraf used to have a swagger to put the best to shame. You know, the sort that pubescent boys unsure of

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The scion of a prominent family from KP’s (till recently) ruling party recently got married to some girl in the Punjab. Inter-ethnic marriages aren’t uncommon these days but what appeared on the

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