Sarmad Bashir

  • TMusharraf would have us believe that had Ms Bhutto been alive today she would have been the PM and he the president. Come of age, general. Don't forget that you have been thrown out by her husband and her party despises you. Your era is long over. You have played havoc with this country. It's your ...

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  • TThe Foreign Office has turned out to be clever enough in getting the support of the retired diplomats to block the appointment of a DMG officer as Pakistan's Ambassador to France. Frustration among career diplomats is not hard to fathom. They resent the decision of letting a DMG officer gatecrash ...

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  • TOne would always find it difficult to beat Dr Baber Awan when it comes to arguing a weak case strongly. The man knows the art of defending the indefensible and sounds magical even when he makes his audience glance through the bright side of the National Reconciliation Ordinance or justifies his ...

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  • TThere has been a lot of criticism of our jet-setting ruling elite splurging millions of rupees on overseas travel and thus becoming the country's most extravagant and travelled leadership. President Zardari is constantly been subjected to intense fingerpointing for racking up an average of one ...

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  • TMilitants have dealt the nation a terrible hand. The killing of Dr Sarfraz Naeemi, one of the most respected religious scholars, is a grim reminder that the fight against terrorism is far from over. That Dr Naeemi was a moderate voice and had also taken up positions against those trying to dictate ...

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  • TMilitants are on the rampage. The attack on the Lahore ISI office this week was followed by a series of suicide strikes, explosions and gun-battles across the NWFP, killing a large number of people and causing shock to the nation already traumatized by the rising tide of terrorism. The sudden ...

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  • TPrime Minister Gilani did a wonderful job of bringing on board all political parties to discuss the grave crisis caused by insurgency in the Malakand Division, which resulted in the displacement of 1.9 million people. The All Parties Conference held in Islamabad earlier this week managed to ...

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  • TMany years ago when Mian Shahbaz Sharif addressed the Punjab Assembly as Leader of the Opposition the house was struck by the spellbinding effect of his speech with every single word giving expression to the agony the common man had been enduring for over half a century. Politicians in this ...

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  • TComparing the outlook of the average politician with that of the well-rounded individual there is a visible difference that strikes one: The one devoid of wisdom does not admire any activity unless it serves personal interests while the other regards morality and public welfare as the basis of his ...

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  • TPakistan Army has attained the reputation of suppressing the weak and surrendering to the powerful. Balochistan and Swat are cases in point. President Zardari's carefully planned move of passing the buck onto Parliament rather than straightaway signing the controversial Nizam-i-Adl Regulation was ...

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  • TNothing could be more amusing than Ch Shujaat Hussain asking Mian Nawaz Sharif to apologise to the nation for appointing General Musharraf as army chief by letting him supersede many senior generals. The demand coming from the chronic mumbler of our world of politics was a spontaneous reaction to ...

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  • TPakistan's political scene has changed dramatically over the past few weeks. Rarely has there been the kind of public outrage that brings an otherwise recalcitrant regime to its knees. The judiciary thrown out for declaring 'illegal' the proclamation of emergency by the country's most repressive ...

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  • TPresident Zardari would have us believe that resolving the problems of Balochistan has always been his top priority. Yet it took him as long as seven months to pay his first official visit to the province after apologizing in his very first address to Parliament in August, 2008 for the excesses ...

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  • TRight at a time when Pakistan is facing serious threats to its sovereignty with the Obama Administration considering extending drone attacks far beyond the tribal areas into Balochistan, the PPP leadership is doing everything it possibly could to push the country towards the edge of a ...

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  • TIf Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif is blamed for not empowering his ministers he stands vindicated after Rana Sanaullah, best of the brains in his Cabinet, brought his government into disrepute by unleashing a personal attack on Governor Salman Taseer. The law minister, known for his ...

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  • TMuch has been said and written about Barack Obama's landslide win and how it is going to impact the international politics in the days to come. A newspaper columnist would certainly want a break with the run-of-the-mill, shoddy running commentaries on issues comprehensively covered and ...

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  • TPresident Asif Zardari's invitation to Mian Nawaz Sharif for a dinner must have come as a huge disappointment not only to some of his sidekicks but to all those trying to take advantage of the differences between the two mainstream parties to get more share in the power set-up than their weight ...

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  • TThe one thing that remains constant since the assumption of power by the PPP is the huge credibility gap its leadership suffers from. It stems from President Zardari's frequent backtracking on his promises and pledges. This trust deficit has come in the way of international donor agencies and ...

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  • TThere is no denying the fact that the Parliament's hammering out a consensus on terrorism at a time when the country is passing through the worst crisis of its history was an achievement. Coming as it does after a marked clash of views by different parties in the two-week in-camera session of ...

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  • TIf the government had expected to develop a consensus on its strategy in combating terrorism through an in-camera joint sitting of Parliament the objective remains far from achieved. The signals emanating from behind the closed-door parliamentary session are not encouraging. The initial military ...

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  • TMian Shahbaz Sharif has done all that he could possibly do to keep President Asif Zardari from breaking his promise of not letting Mr Salman Taseer destabilise the Punjab government. The president did a most generous act for his coalition partners by telling the Governor Punjab in no uncertain ...

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  • TThere goes a saying that a conscience that is dead for too long begins to rot. It bears reminding to the jiyala parliamentarians who were busy defending some of President Zardari's indefensible remarks during his maiden visit to the US. Messrs Baber Awan and Qamar Zaman Kaira were the exceptions. ...

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  • TPerhaps one of the peculiarities of the PPP politics was its tendency to ditch its coalition partners while in power. But lately its leadership seems to have realised that the ill from which the party suffered has to be cured to prevent the system from destabilisation. President Asif Ali Zardari ...

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  • TGeneral Musharraf was cursed for blindly supporting the War On Terror and a major reason why he shied away from addressing a joint sitting of Parliament was that he knew he would have to do a lot of explaining about his supine capitulation to the United States. President Zardari, however, chose ...

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  • TPleasure not known before hand is half wasted; to anticipate it is to double it-Thomas Hardy President Asif Zardari was doubly pleased at his swearing-in ceremony. Five months after his party assumed power his own ascendancy to the coveted slot marked the completion of transition to democracy. ...

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  • TMr Asif Zardari having been elected the country's 12th president, beating his rivals by a wide margin, has some hard tasks ahead, the hardest being to clean his tainted image further tarnished by his betrayal of the coalition partners and backtracking on promises. Pity the poor soul. The ...

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  • TDespite all the evidence to the contrary, casting doubts on Mr Zardari's mental health is indicative of brazenly irresponsible journalism, aimed only at sullying his presidential candidacy. Coming as it does The Financial Times recent report is based on court documents filed by Mr Zardari's ...

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  • TGeneral Musharraf's resignation last Monday brought his long tyrannical rule to an end. The inveterate enemy of democracy ceded power to the civilian authority just ahead of an imminent impeachment but the legacy he has left behind will continue to haunt this nation. Barely a day after his ...

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  • TThe nation cannot be blamed for leaving Musharraf in the lurch. It never supported him; it was he who had thrust himself into the role of a dictator and then subjected it to prolonged repression. Pakistan needs his impeachment. The best gift he could have offered to this nation on its 61st ...

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  • TAfter three days of hectic consultations the ruling coalition's major partners let the nation heave a subdued sigh of relief by deciding to first impeach the president and then restore the judges. Mian Nawaz Sharif simply played out his vengeance against Musharraf for dismissing "my elected ...

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