M. A. Niazi

  • TDeath is the greatest leveller. Begum Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif died at last, but was alive long enough to show that the electors of NA 124 had been right to elect her to the National Assembly after her husband Nawaz was unseated, because she would have served out the remainder of the term to which she ...

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  • TCity Notes Somebody pull that man off the container before he gets hurt! That was the feeling I got while Prime Minister addressed the nation the last time, and that impression was only strengthened this time. Of course, the container speeches were meant to build Imran’s image, so that he ...

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  • TCity Notes Well, the decision in the Avenfield flats reference has come through, but I’m not sure what PTI workers were celebrating on Friday. There was hardly any doubt about the result, but the court lost a historic opportunity by not declaring that Imran Khan was immediately Prime Minister ...

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  • TCity Notes It seems Nasir Mahmood Khosa is not fit to be PCB Chairman. Or else, he was used to break a record set by an Indian. Of course, the feelings of Nasir Mahmood Khosa were not consulted, but Imran Khan must have thought what the feelings of a former bureaucrat were, when a great national ...

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  • TCity Note There have been all sorts of odd things happening, and those in Malaysia probably most encouraging for Mian Nawaz Sharif, what with the return of Mahathir Muhammad to the Prime Ministership. Of course, he might not be so positive about the timeline. Mahathir is 92. Nawaz is turning 70 ...

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  • TCity Notes Time was, the Budget meant all sorts of things, one being the price of postage. Nowadays, I don’t think anyone sends letters. They send email. Or rather spam. Budgets have not changed, even though means of communication have. Gone are the days when one wrote a letter (presumably ...

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  • TCity Notes Now really, President Donald Trump is impossible. I’ve more or less given up. I’m now ready to undergo whatever questioning thrown at me by my children about news coverage. Not out-of-the-way and obscure news coverage, but mainstream US coverage, and of the President of the ...

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  • TCity Notes It was not enough that there were so many questions arising out of the arrest of the rapist-cum-murderer of Zainab, that we were faced with the story of his many bank accounts. Before the State Bank said he had no accounts, these were supposed to be the ‘smoking gun’ linking ...

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  • TCity Notes That the Pakistan Awami Tehrik protest on The Mall was a barely tolerated nuisance was shown by the Lahore High Court decision on the petition asking that it be stopped. The LHC let it take place, but ordered that it be wrapped up by midnight. It was a double disappointment, because no ...

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  • TComing at the end of the year, US President Donald Trump’s decision not to waive the 1992 Capital of Israel Act, and instead recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as well as order the shifting of the US embassy there from Tel Aviv, reflected not just his frustration with the apparent ...

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  • TCity Notes As you read these notes, gentle reader, it’s Christmas. It is also Quaid-e-Azam Day, and not just an extended weekend, but the beginning of the term holidays for schools. The fact that it means an extended weekend is not its purpose, though that is what so many people seem to ...

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  • TThe PML(N) narrative of a popular Prime Minister ousted by the military through a compliant Supreme Court needs amendment, with the disqualification of Pakistan Tehreek Insaf Secretary-General Jahangir Tareen by the Supreme Court and its dismissal of the National Accountability Bureau’s ...

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  • TCity Notes When Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli married film star Anushka Sharma, it took one back to the marriage of Mansur Ali Khan, the Nawab of Pataudi, with Sharmila Tagore, back in 1969, which was the last time an Indian skipper married a film actress. While not an outright intercommunal ...

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  • TCity Notes I wonder what the militants have to do with the earthquakes in Iran and Iraq which killed 400 people. True, it was not the worst earthquake that had afflicted the two countries, but was still pretty bad, so bad that it was noticeable. And with so many dead, it was not possible that the ...

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  • T City Notes M.A. Niazi The gunman at the Sutherland Springs church, who killed 26 people by firing with an automatic rifle into the congregation, was not heard to shout “Allahu Akbar”, so he was not a terrorist. As a matter of fact, he was a former Bible Study teacher who had been ...

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  • TCity Notes I wonder which is worse. The assault on the Swiss couple in Agra, near the Taj, or the assault by wheelchair-bound George Bush Senior of a woman at a recent public appearance. Indeed, he is so old that one of the sons who doesn’t know where to hide is himself an ex-President. His ...

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  • TInterior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and ISPR DG Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor introduced a bemused nation to a new concept of ‘proxy war.’ Both persons represented their respective chiefs in their quibbling over the state of the economy, which incidentally is one of the main selling points of Ahsan ...

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  • TThere are rumours being spread that the shooting in Las Vegas might not actually be the one claiming the most victims in the USA. There is the Wounded Knee massacre in 1890, when the better part of a US Army regiment killed about 250 Lakota Sioux Indians, and the 1921 race riot in Tulsa, Oklahoma, ...

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  • TCity Notes It’s perhaps a relief that when Indian godman Ram Rahim Singh was handed down a 20-year jail term, and a Rs 3.02-million fine for raping two of his followers, without anyone being killed. It shouldn’t be forgotten that when he was convicted in Panchkula, in Haryana, there ...

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  • TCity Notes Militants seem to be active. There were 13 people killed by the van that rammed into a crowd in Barcelona. The attack was claimed by Daesh. The same Daesh as COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa warned the interns at ISPR against when he visited it. That warning didn’t resound as it should ...

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  • TCity Notes Well, democracy triumphed, and the Prime Minister, Mian Nawaz Sharif, went before the Supreme Court’s Joint Investigation Team, in answer to its summons. The JIT did not engage in any of the rudeness that Mian Nawaz’s son had complained of, as had the NBP President. Mian ...

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  • TThere is a mystery in the case of Kulbhushan Jhadav, the RAW agent who has been sentenced to death for spying in Balochistan. Not whether Pakistan went into the case ill-prepared, or even whether this was deliberate. The real mystery is why there was penny-pinching when the money really needed to ...

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  • TCity Notes I had a sort of suspicion that the killing of Mashal Khan for alleged blasphemy in Wali Khan University, Mardan, might have been meant as a distraction from the death sentence given to Indian naval officer and RAW agent Kulbhushan Jhadav captured in Balochistan. I mean, Wali Khan was ...

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  • TMilitants might well be undergoing something of a revival. The most immediate shock to us Lahoris was the blast near Bedian, which attacked a census team, or rather its military guards. Of the six killed, four were military men. Militants don’t seem to have the same distaste for data ...

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  • TThe continuing of protests against US President Donald Trump is unprecedented, for while protests routinely emerge as a Presidency goes on, their occurrence in what is thought to be the ‘honeymoon period’ is unprecedented. The American people are apparently not accepting the result. ...

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  • TCity Notes The assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand (which set off World War I) was described as ‘the shot that was heard round the world.’ The blast in Y-Block Market, Defence, was not a shot, but it was certainly heard all over Lahore. It caused the education system to grind to a ...

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  • TCITY NOTES This week was dominated by the passing away of my mother. I can think of no greater loss, except probably the loss of a child, but then, that is against the order of nature. As I lost my father 17 years ago, now I have no one left to offer prayers for me. I feel naked, and realise that I ...

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  • TCity Notes The heart attack which got Mr Justice Azmat Saeed admitted to hospital led to an adjournment to Monday (today) at least, perhaps longer if his recovery takes time, and probably not any time this week, of the Panamagate case that the Supreme Court is hearing. Is it a coincidence that the ...

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  • TCity Notes Well, it’s happened at last, and the world hasn’t blown up yet. Donald Trump has been inaugurated as President of the United States. But we shouldn’t be too gleeful that Americans now have to live with that botched dye job that forms his topping. I’m still ...

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  • TCity Notes I wonder at the crowd that burnt an Ahmedi place of worship in Chakwal district. One narrative says these were fearless sons of Islam intent on ridding their community of an excrescence. Another says that one of the instigators of the riot had a property dispute. I really don’t ...

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