A cartoon has gone viral on social network depicting ex-President Musharraf inquiring his fellow countrymen how far the Pakistani Rupee has plunged against the dollar. It’s a fact that after Musharraf’ departure, rupee has lost 50% of its value within the last five years. Country’s foreign exchange reserves have dropped to a dangerous level; these at present constitute less than one month’s import bill. In this backdrop, apparently both the federal and provincial government are having a happy time as if some eternal power is going to help them. All the right-wing parties have joined hands to halt NATOs equipment and its withdrawal from Afghanistan, which is routed through Pakistan. This means this gesture is not going to be welcomed by NATO countries. Such an abrupt action may have severe diplomatic and financial implications for the country. But who cares for that in a country whose prime minister is unable to decide upon whether to take on the militants or appease them and given them state recognition for their mass killings.


Saudi Arab, November 27.