KK Shahid

  • 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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  • TThanks to a mini collapse by the Islamabad United, the Pakistan Super League finale at National Stadium Karachi on Sunday bore just about as much excitement on the field as it had mustered off it, in what was the most high-profile cricket match in the city since 2009 – when Sri Lanka visited ...

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  • TDear MBS, As you would know fairly well that Pakistan is traversing a critical juncture in revamping its inertial forces to resist an ideological metamorphosis. Most of the nation’s energy is currently being invested in ensuring that only one half of the population heats up food, and the ...

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  • TFor those wondering, the decisions made at the FATF meeting in Paris last month, where it was confirmed that Pakistan would be put on the grey-list by June, can in a nutshell be explained in terms of Hafiz Saeed’s bank account(s) – or to expand the shell a bit, those that are owned by ...

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  • TIt is always a great read when you see your foreign minister telling off the US saying that Pakistan will not follow American interests and only pursue its own. It is only when you start reading other things elsewhere that you start thinking what the former and latter are. So what exactly are the ...

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  • TEven by Pakistan’s extraordinary standards, what happened last week was an unparalleled disaster at – and around – the FATF meet. It was, as a matter of fact, caused by an unparalleled move by the US, where it called a second meeting on whether or not Pakistan should be ...

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  • TOne way or the other, Pakistan is hogging all the eyeballs in the ongoing Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting in Paris. Pakistan now has the enviable honour of being the first country that has been the target of a motion passed by four different countries. A group featuring US, the UK, ...

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  • TThe Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) confirmed yesterday that the group’s deputy Khalid Mehsud, aka Sajna, was taken down by an American drone on February 8. While Pakistani intelligence officials claim that the drone struck the TTP deputy in Afghanistan’s Paktika province, the Taliban ...

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  • TA little over a week after the Senate Elections were announced for March 3, ‘horse-trading’ is the trending allegation in the political circles. It was made the buzzword by Saad Rafique in PML-N’s meeting last week, a couple of days before which the PPP had begun plotting its own ...

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