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Storming the Red Zone Peacefully?

Sounds of desperation are reverberating from Aabpara chowk and beyond to Islamabad creating ripples in the entire nation. First, the demand was simply for the Prime Minister to resign and elections to be conducted again. The public looked forward to the much applauded cricketer cum politician and were eager to march towards the federal capital. The allegations against the current government, to a layman, seem to be fair enough and

Arsalan Iftikhar and His Rollercoaster Ride

Arsalan Iftikhar… Remember him? Who could forget him? Infamous in Pakistan for his endeavors in helping a certain Mr. Malik Riaz. Malik Riaz… Remember him? Well, that’s a whole other rollercoaster ride. Arsalan Iftikhar’s story begins with the lawyers movement; the one where his father was at the helm. His father rode his 4X4 SUV all the way to the capital and reclaimed his position as Chief Justice of Pakistan,

Why Are We So Obsessed With Being Friends With India?

Is it just me or have the number of positive programs and articles about India increased in our media? Every other day there is a piece on ‘hope for Pak-India friendship’, how to better our trade relations and how we are alike as a people. The general perception is that having good relations with your neighbor will help better the regional environment. Sure, that is a perspective, but has anyone reflected

When Pakistani Pilots Battled Israelis

Did you know that there are only two countries in the world that were built upon religious ideology? Pakistan and Israel. Israel created for Judaism and Pakistan for Islam. It is also said that the one country that Israel is most scared of is Pakistan as it is the only Muslim country with the military might and religious zeal that compares with Israel. Although Pakistan has never had a direct

List of Women in the Contemporary Politics of Pakistan

Pakistani Politics still remains a largely male-dominated arena despite advances towards gender equality in several other spheres of public interest. According to a report by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, as of 1st June 2014, only 20.7% of the seats in Pakistan’s Lower House of Parliament, and 16.3% of those in the Senate are held by women. These too are mainly due to the reservation of seats for females in certain constituencies;

Gullu Butt – Our Political Parties Best Kept Secret Revealed

Everybody is aware of Gullu Butt, the baton-wielding man seen damaging vehicles in Lahore during the clash between the police and Pakistan Awami Tehreek protestors. Mr. Butt, if you remember was filmed vandalizing cars during the clash. What we all also know is that Mr. Gullu Butt is an avid supporter of the PML-N. So if we put two and two together, Mr. Gullu Butt was PML-N’s attempt at hijacking

The Difference Between Spendings of Pakistani & Indian Government

Pakistan has always been one for keeping up with the Joneses. While a highly juvenile and soon to be obsolete way of conspicuous consumption, this pattern of spending and misplaced priorities seems to have grown to determine most of the country’s political agenda and foreign policy. It doesn’t matter if we’re liquid-asset poor, neck deep in debt and have to keep borrowing more just to keep the economy afloat; if

What Was The Malik Riaz Saga All About?

In the ever-expanding scandal-ridden landscape of Pakistan my favorite one yet is the Malik Riaz saga! It’s really an amazing tale of “idiocy” on the part of the players and ineptness on the part of the system. How it all Began… The story begins one fine day with a certain Mr. Malik Riaz – a high profile real estate tycoon – giving a statement that he bribed the Chief Justice’s

Pakistan Scam Diaries: Episode 1 – The NICL Scandal

Scams and frauds worth billions of rupees by our leaders have become extremely common now days. Whereever you go, which ever channel you turn to there is mention of one scam or another. From the hudaibiya paper mill to NICL to the Hajj scam to the ephedrine drug scam, we have a whole portfolio of scams that can dwarf any insider trading yields or Ponzi schemes of the west. And