KK Shahid

  • TThe age old question, how many people would it take to screw in a lightbulb, has been used to solve a wide array of problems in a gamut of communities, societies and realms. Perhaps it’s time to address the same in our neck of the woods owing to recent developments. Given that set of ...

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  • TA multiplayer video game was leaked online a couple of days ago. While it in itself was a video clip, it depicted the larger game being played at large in the politically largest province of Pakistan. The video depicts Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid leaders Pervaiz Elahi and Tariq Cheema – the ...

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  • TRarely in the history of humankind has sorry state of affairs been more accurately, and agonisingly, personified. The affairs are indeed sorry, and so is the state, whose writ it has challenged from within with acquiescence replacing it on the proverbial piece of paper supposed to denote ...

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  • TThe $6 billion bailout package that Saudi Arabia gave Pakistan last week is a masterful oddball. This isn’t only because it isn’t every day that a state gets to financially benefit from a journalist’s murder that someone else has committed. And persecuting journalists is one thing ...

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  • TOne must tip the hat to Finance Minister Asad Umar for finally proving his detractors wrong – and how! Little over two months into his role at the helm of the finance ministry, the staunchest criticism against him thus far has been his detachment from ground realities and inability to read ...

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  • TFollowing Sunday’s by-elections, the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) are now two peas in the same pod – or Ps if you will, as the first letter of their acronyms or indeed the first of the word party itself. The P also stands for the very similar ...

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  • TAfter what one would have to say – literally – has been a successful effort led by the Chief Justice to crowdsource the Diamer-Bhasha Dam Fund, the Federal Railways Minister Shaikh Rashid Ahmad seems to be formulating a similarly triumphant plan to fix local trains by asking overseas ...

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  • TThe honourable Chief Justice’s almost confirmation that the critics of his – and it is his, before it is anyone else’s, let it be known – dam fund will be tried for treason. Almost because the only thing he confirmed was the fact that the critics of the dam fund were ...

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  • TThere’s nothing in the slightest bit surprising about the government backtracking on the appointment of Atif Mian in the Economic Advisory Council. It was always going to happen – the actual question was, when. And it is the answer to that particular query that is especially damning. ...

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  • TAs US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visits Pakistan tomorrow (Wednesday) the diplomatic air surrounding the visit has high inane density – even by Washington and Islamabad’s pretty thick standards. First there was the hoopla over the call between Pompeo and Prime Minister Imran Khan ...

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  • TPrime Minister Imran Khan is facing two mammoth diplomatic questions from the get-go. The first, which was discussed in this space a couple of weeks ago, is balancing the fiscal dependency between the US and China, both of whom are currently busy making Pakistan’s fiscal vulnerability its ...

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  • TPrime Minister Imran Khan is two for three in terms of his addresses since Election Day, with the victory speech the day after elections being the pick of the lot, closely followed by Sunday’s inaugural address as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Sandwiched between the two was Khan’s ...

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  • TAs the PTI government takes off this week, among the most noteworthy tasks on its immediate to-do list is addressing the plunging economic numbers. The prominent of these assignments would be mulling a bailout package – worth at least $12 billion – without which the economy can no ...

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  • TThe Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf is set to lead the government in the centre, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab. It is also looking like being a part of the Balochistan government, while it will lead the opposition in Sindh, with Pakistan People’s Party taking charge there. For PTI that’s ...

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  • TWith the most coveted political position – civil and democratic that is – a given, along with being a fulfillment of aspirations worth at least 22 years, the second most coveted post is still up for grabs at the time of writing of this piece. For Prime Minister in waiting Imran Khan, ...

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  • TThe Pakistan cricket team’s opening slots have been one of the sport’s all-time great puzzles. Following Saeed Anwar and Aamer Sohail’s now much celebrated, even if not quite as prolific, opening partnership, Pakistan spent a good two decades to find an opening pair consistent ...

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  • TNawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz are coming back on July 13. The timing might alter a bit – only the slightest, if at all – but this is definitely what will happen, despite the murmurs to the contrary. Of course, this isn’t because the father and daughter are warriors for the truth ...

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  • TPakistan has been put on the grey-list by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), following last week’s meeting in Paris, despite what are being touted as ‘best diplomatic efforts’. This development is particularly shocking considering that this is precisely the watch-list that ...

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  • TIf there were any doubt about the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) being Nawaz Sharif’s party and not that of the Sharif family, that should go away following Zaeem Qadri’s explosive press conference. It is evident that while Nawaz Sharif remains the ‘quaid’ of the ...

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  • TLast month’s Gilgit-Baltistan Order 2018, presented by the then Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to the GB legislative assembly, was anything but “an improvement” on the Empowerment and Self-Governance Order 2009 that it was touted as. Little wonder then that it was met with ...

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  • TFormer military dictator Gen (R) Pervez Musharraf will contest the upcoming general elections. That he is still dubbed by most as ‘former president’ – not former dictator or former military ruler – shows just how much popularity he still enjoys in the media houses. Of ...

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  • TAnd we have completed a decade of democracy – at least on the surface. Now with the general elections all set for July 25, we now have the caretaker setup installed, tasked with ensuring that the voting is ‘free and fair’ – at least on the day, given everything not quite ...

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  • TAs Pakistan completed two decades of being a nuclear power on Monday, what remains a challenge as great as it was 20 years ago, if not even bigger, is to seek its legitimacy. But then again, one could rightly argue that in a world with a blatantly skewed Nuclear Proliferation Treaty, no one is ...

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  • TThere is no greater formal – and legal – act of disrespecting the month of Ramzan than the Ehtram-e-Ramazan Ordinance. Originally passed in 1981, under Gen Zia-ul-Haq, it states that “no person who according to the tenets of Islam is under obligation to fast shall eat, drink or ...

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  • TEarly in April the State Bank of Pakistan barred local banks from trading in cryptocurrencies. “All banks, development financial institutions, microfinance banks and payment system operators, payment service providers are advised to refrain from processing, using, trading, holding, ...

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  • TOusted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says that his competition isn’t with Imran Khan or Asif Ali Zardari but with ‘aliens’. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the man who replaced him, also echoed the same sentiments. Maryam Nawaz and ousted Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif have said the same as ...

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  • TWhy Fawad Alam hasn’t played much for Pakistan over the past decade will perhaps remain a mystery that goes deep into the future. Why Fawad Alam won’t be playing for Pakistan next month is a decision so shocking that pushes itself outside the realm of mystery – it also, arguably, ...

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  • TOn Sunday, two Christian community members were killed and five injured as gunmen unleashed fire near a church in Quetta’s Esa Nagri locality. The victims were coming out of the church following Sunday service. This is the second attack on the community within the span of a fortnight, after a ...

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  • TKhawaja sahib you are a shrewd man. You’re also a man of smartly chosen words – which can often be powerful. You know all this very well. And so for you to suggest – very opportunistically as you might’ve felt in that brainy head of yours – that Bollywood superstar ...

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  • TThe Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal has come into being once again. This means that over the course of the past four elections – including this year’s – the MMA is now 2-2 in terms of reincarnating and failing to do so. Of course, the MMA that claims to be a coalition of five Islamic ...

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