Diogenes

  • TWord has it that the manager of 'DFS a home ware store in Londons up market Kingston area, is boasting to every Pakistani who walks into his shop Hey, your President has just bought a massage chair, like this one, for 1000 pounds. Would that be President Zardari, he is often asked. No the one in ...

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  • TSpooks are back in business. One of them having risen from deep slumber, is now busy exploring his way around television channels and sprouting conspiratorial revelations. But for some, his political shenanigans are a great thriller. It can help them draw immense political mileage. Governor's House ...

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  • TThere's been lot of speculation about why Former British High Commissioner to Islamabad Mark Lyall Grant was here and what he discussed with the country's top political leadership. Just ahead of leaving for New York to take on his new assignment as Britain's Permanent Representative at the United ...

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  • TGeneral Musharraf might still have hope for a better world. Completely oblivious of the fact that his opponents are baying for his blood, with the nation supporting demands for his trial for abrogating the Constitution and illegally detaining judges, he is enjoying life half the world away from ...

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  • TMian Nawaz Sharif is probably the only hindrance in the kid brother's passion for good governance. But there's hardly any grumbling against the Raiwind Palace extending patronage to the devious politicos in the party. Be it letting the Prison Minister off the hook following his alleged involvement ...

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  • TFirst Lady Begum Fauzia Gilani had a word of acknowledgement for legendary folk singer Reshman while giving her a Rs 1 million cheque for medical treatment last week in Islamabad: Singers like her are our national asset; she has given a unique identity to the country through her melodious voice and ...

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  • TIf Prime Minister Gilani and Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi have not completely fallen out with each other, they are no longer friends either. The FM was conspicuous by his absence at Sharm El-Sheikh. The story goes that he dropped out of the delegation when he came to know that it ...

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  • TFormer President Pervez Musharraf is busy in London, planning his return to politics. His planners include an Islamabad-based hotelier and an anglophile cricketer-turned-political talk-show host. Another of his team, Dr Nasim Ashraf, former boss of the National Commission for Human Development, far ...

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  • TPuffy hairstyles may be one way of improving one's appearance and looking good. It's no use making fun of the politicians with receding hair. Transplant is a catchphrase for the baldies. Rehman Malik, our Interior czar, knows how to go about it. The complete makeover with a push up puff in front of ...

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  • TOne of the prestigious clubs in the city was hardly familiar with such a bizarre happening. The club's disciplinary committee had to suspend its convener for impeding the process of enquiry into the misconduct of a group of ladies. Apart from the ex IG heading the disciplinary committee, the ...

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  • TGuess who all are in London, brushing up their friendship and reliving past glory. Former PM Shaukat Aziz is there since he left for self-exile before the 2008 general elections. So is former President Musharraf who has found a permanent abode on Edgware Road, and to spice up everything, so too is ...

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  • TJemima Khan's article, written in a British Sunday paper after her recent visit to the IDP camps in Pakistan, gives an interesting insight into her life. While holding a contemptuous view about Pakistan and Pakistanis in the article, Jemima claims to have matured and that she has moved on while the ...

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  • TIt seems that President Know-all, after giving his personalised "I need" economics philosophy and "I can deliver" foreign policy, now feels that our diplomatic effort needs a new stamp, his personal stamp. Apparently he believes that he knows how to talk smart, at least better than our suave ...

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  • T"A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse" We have all heard that one. But last week a Punjab minister may as well have said "a bottle, a bottle, my ministry for a bottle" The honourable minister, once close to the Raiwind group, is now on the rocks. He is accused of bulldozing his friends' baggage ...

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  • TDunga Gali, a picturesque summer retreat, which has experienced a real estate boom in the last five years has attracted yet another resident. This one is only nine months old, lives in a steel cage open to the elements. He is in fact a leopard who according to grapevine, belongs to the scion of a ...

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  • TWealth, especially of the black gold kind, is a wonderful thing to have. It spells power, leisure and an endless line of friends. Take the mad rush to Abu Dhabi, last week, of the who-is-who of Pakistani politics. The son of an oil Sheikh was getting married and at least two former Pakistani PMs ...

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  • TWord has it that while refugee camps for internally displaced persons from Swat and Buner are desperately short of funds and basic amenities, our federal ministers are desperately worried about the shortage of funds for new upholstery and drapes in their official residences. We hear that the ...

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  • TWhy is Dr Babar Awan, once a close associate of President Zardari, seen more often than not in the PM's company? When the PM came to Lahore this week the doctor was there to greet him. Earlier, when the PM went to Multan, his home constituency, the good doctor was there to welcome him. In fact, ...

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  • T"The Taliban are coming" is a popular point of conversation among the chattering classes and it seems all that talking is making some people very worried about the family silver. Word has it that many have called in professionals packers to crate their heirlooms and artwork. Queries about bank ...

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  • TWe hear that the huge banyan tree in the courtyard of Lahore High Court has become a symbol of Black Coat protest. In '77, during the PNA Movement, it witnessed fiery speeches by black coat activists, right under its shade. In '86, it heard more word power as black coats joined the Go Zia movement. ...

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  • TRumour has it that when Ms. Sherry Rehman handed in her bullet resignation, the person set to replace her was none other than Senator Money Bags (scion of a family that scored a hat trick in the recent Senate election). Unfortunately for him his candidacy was shot down with the uncharitable remark ...

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  • TThe terrorism at Manawan police training school seems to have mobilised locals as never before. The only terrorist captured after the blood bath was an act of citizen's arrest and not the achievement of the Punjab administration. Even the footage of two terrorists scaling the police compound wall ...

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  • TThe dramatic end to the Long March at Gujranwala, mission accomplished, gave a super star status to Mian Nawaz Sharif. But what about Imran Khan who also provided the Black Coats a political market place, literally missing the bus. Apparently Imran was holed up at a secret location in Islamabad, ...

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  • TApparently the feisty allegations being leveled on a daily basis by the PML(N) at, you know who, all revolve around an X-factor in politics. They talk about some mysterious 'spirits', good and evil, doing the rounds, sometimes defiling minds at others, lifting public figures to a higher moral ...

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  • TMoney cannot buy happiness but it can buy a lot of other things. Ask a recently 're-elected' Senator and his two offspring (now Senators in their own right). Incidentally all three are now card-carrying members of the PPP. That is after having jumped the sinking Musharraf government ship. We hear ...

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  • TWord has it that our PM's lady has suddenly found that though the PM may not be the government supremo thanks to 58(2)(b), she on the other hand is not the second lady. In fact she is Pakistan's First Lady, there being none in the highest house on the hill. We hear the invites are flowing in. An ...

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  • TWord has it that prior to Richard Holbrooke's arrival in Pakistan there was another very important visitor from the US. It was none other than Peter Galbraith, the late BB's contemporary at Harvard and her close friend and confidant. Apparently he spent a week in Islamabad staying at the Presidency ...

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  • TThe late master painter Gulgee and his wife Zarro were murdered nearly 15 months ago, but the greed that caused the tragedy still haunts the family. Apparently, the brilliant artist left a fortune in art treasures and an even bigger fortune in real estate. His business-savvy wife had built up a ...

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  • TThe 25-member peace mission that went to India last week may as well be called Mission Impossible. The group was given no formal reception at arrival, only personal friends turned up to collect them. They too seemed conspicuously cool towards the visitors. One member of the pro-Pakistan lobby, once ...

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  • TWord has it that while President Zardari and Mian Nawaz Sharif were busy exchanging snide remarks, at least one ex-hockey player in the PPP ranks was busy removing the dust cover from his sherwani and eying the CM House with some affection. However, the minute a meeting between AZ and SS was ...

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