Gul Bukhari

  • TI cannot begin to express my disappointment and anger, my heartbrokenness at the exhibition of dictatorship, narcissism, favouritism, lack of democratic spirit, and dynasticism by the PMLN, looking at its list of candidates on reserved seats. I speak not just for myself, but for millions who got ...

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  • TThese are amazing times, as tragic as they are funny. One man’s ‘off the record briefing’ is hailed as a doctrine. This must be the first ‘doctrine’ in the world that had to be leaked. Normally, doctrines are owned, documented in books or in manifestos. Doctrines are ...

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  • TI shall leave to eminent jurists of this country to legally respond to the Supreme Court’s detailed judgment against Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif’s presidency of his own political party. I shall, however, analyse it on political, common sense and logical grounds. To begin with, the entire ...

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  • TThe combination of the Supreme Court’s judgment on Nawaz Sharif’s ‘qualification’ to remain party president; its unprecedented ruling to hold all decisions of Sharif as party president including that of awarding senate tickets to his party members; and the Election ...

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  • TWhen you set out to defeat and end up being vanquished, when you use every last ounce of muscle to push things a certain way, but they run away in the opposite direction – this is what we are seeing today in Pakistan. With each passing day one sees growing, ever stronger evidence of the fast ...

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  • TThe pace at which the Supreme Court is summoning prominent politicians in contempt proceedings in an effort to have itself ‘respected’, and the snowballing pace at which disrespect, instead, appears to be snowballing among professionals, politicians and the common public is nothing ...

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  • TOne doesn’t know who the supposed author, Shahid Khan, of the Whatsapp message being now circulated is, but it is being forwarded by a certain retired lieutenant general of the Pakistan army, who claims to be close to serving leaderships of the army, claims at times to speak for them (as in ...

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  • TIf PMLN cabinet member in Balochistan Sarfaraz Bugti’s move of a no-confidence motion against his own party’s chief minister and his subsequent sacking, Usman Kakar’s account of about a week ago of his PkMAP’s MPAs being threatened into voting against the then chief minister ...

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  • TYesterday a Pakistani journalist known to be close to the military gave a news story to The Times of UK with the opening lines, ‘Pakistan’s former prime minister would escape a corruption trial and be allowed to live in exile under a potential deal being brokered by Saudi Arabia.’ ...

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  • TA number of friends based outside Pakistan were left puzzled weeks into the Tehreek Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) Faizabad protest after violence broke out across the country as police attempted to move the protestors and open the arterial road between Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Several astonished friends ...

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  • TIf Talat Husain could sense six days ago that the Faizabad dharna was not about Islamabad alone, and if Afrasiab Khattak could sense that it was not about the federal law minister alone, what was it that the government could not sense with so many resources and 30 years of political experience ...

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  • TSome hyper-optimistic change-o-phile analysts have been asking whether Imran Khan will be the unstoppable force to win in the coming general elections in August 2018, across Pakistan’s four provinces. Ironically and, most laughably, the change mongers cite the judiciary’s continuing ...

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  • TThen they laid to waste all the plans. In a hilarious series of press conferences, Farooq Sattar & Mustafa Kamal destroyed the attempts to coerce them into one force against the PPP in Karachi, leaving naked the forces behind this engineering. There are lessons in this for every political ...

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  • TIn a saner turn of judicial events, Chief Justice of Lahore High Court, Justice Mansoor Ali Shah remarked on Friday, “The verdict of voters is always supreme in any democratic system.” Hearing multiple petitions challenging the Elections Act 2017, he told the petitioners voters had the ...

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  • TMuch haze lifted from the political brew in Pakistan on Monday, when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was to present himself in the accountability court for hearing of references ordered against him by the Supreme Court. There was a generally developing consensus on the speculation that the upcoming ...

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  • TNever did I realise before the NA-120 election that anger could be expressed in terms of love. What I witnessed was confounding, defiant of belief and intelligent. Anger normally results in violence, or so our experience and brains tell us. But what I witnessed in the behaviour of the beautiful ...

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  • TThe reaction of Pakistan’s security establishment’s proxies and its unofficial mouthpieces to President Donald Trump’s new South Asia Policy so far seems to range from anger, to defiance to shrugging shoulders. The spectrum of reactions coming from these quarters ranges from ...

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  • TImagine the lack of sense and homework, that received wisdom in the powers that he was, that once Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will be disqualified, people will turn against him; that a four year long media trial, fake news, and raining down of false allegations will turn the country against ...

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  • TThe page in front of my eyes as blank as my mind. I can’t see anything, predict anything, after the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s amazing Panama judgment. I have not come across a single legal or other mind that is not stupified by the tenuous reason found by the court to send a third ...

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  • TIt’s time for some bitter truths. Without the series of mistakes you made, the most transparent conspiracy of our times would most likely not have succeeded. Without those mistakes, you might still have been in your chair and driving the country forward. Did the seventy year history of this ...

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  • TThe contradictions and flaws being pointed out in the JIT report are so serious, that they should face not just a tough challenge in court, but in a fair court of law become a noose around the necks of the writers of the report. Hence it is ludicrous to demand resignation of an elected Prime ...

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  • TThe party is over; decision is made; Nawaz is being disqualified; Sicilian Mafia; Godfather; and finally, Imran Khan the true national hero in Parachinar standing with protestors while the corrupt Prime Minister and Chairman PEMRA, Absar Alam, even banned the media from covering the tragedy of ...

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  • TJAJ might have been far more appropriate a synonym for the JIT constituted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan to investigate the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family. Because from its constitution, to its workings, to its interim reports, the JIT appears more to be Just A Joke than a Joint ...

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  • T‘Kuch Sheher De Lok Vi Zalim San, Kuch Sanoon Maran Da Shauq Ve Si’ (transalation: a bit of the trouble for us is our persecutors, a bit of trouble is our deathwish), fits so well this third time governing party, that it would be funny were it not so tragic. Where the conspirators fail, ...

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  • TThe origins of the recent crackdown by the Counter Terrorism Department of the FIA lie in a single tweet by the DGISPR: ‘Notification on Dawn Leak is incomplete and not in line with recommendations by the Inquiry Board. Notification is rejected’. And the roots of this tweet go back to a ...

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  • TThe firestorm touched off by an ‘infructuous’ tweet seems to have been rained upon and put out, for the time being. But the strong currents of wind that were drawn into the blaze, continue to blow rather furiously, looking to reignite the most destructive of storms. Feeling cheated out ...

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  • TWhere and how to begin? Two and a half years after the APS massacre of teenaged students and the National Action Plan, and much in between, the country was shell-shocked Wednesday by the savage lynching of Mashal Khan, a journalism student of 23 summers at the Mardan University. People in Pakistan ...

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  • TThere has been a sustained effort to muzzle dissent and criticism of state policies since social media provided easily amplifiable voices to human rights defenders, voices of conscience and independent voices. Looking at the state on social media, it also took to social media some years ago to ...

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  • TThough words can never do justice to describing what happened at the PSL Final in Lahore on Sunday, trying to convey what happened and how it felt is most important. I was at the match and wanted to share every delightful moment and every dreamy detail real time with the world, but my phone service ...

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  • TThe National Action Plan (NAP) that came into being after the horrific tragedy of over 130 children of Peshawer Army Public School on in December 2014 is now two years old, and consists of twenty points. Point 5 is ‘Strict action against the literature, newspapers and magazines promoting ...

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