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Asha’ar Rehman
Asha’ar Rehman

  • September 23, 2023

    In the interest of…

    The last time Mian Nawaz Sharif set forth towards Pakistan, his younger brother started going in circles at a safe distance from Lahore’s Allama...

  • September 16, 2023

    Stable options

    Cleaning the political stables for posterity is the buzzword that has echoed through the history of this country, every regime here quickly finding...

  • September 09, 2023

    Obituaries of haste

    Heath Streak was a fine Zimbabwean cricketer who died young recently after completing 50 years in this transitory world. In a macabre reflection of...

  • September 02, 2023

    Energy, power, revolution

    The past few days have been spent by repeatedly going over three questions that may appear to be not linked to each other. The first of them came...

  • August 26, 2023

    Age of self-loathing

    Through successive periods of extreme frustration in recent decades, Pakistanis were told that it was alright for them to experience depression –...

  • August 19, 2023

    Boys from our neighbourhood

    There is no bigger fear than the fear of being led by your contemporaries. Perhaps this feeling is peculiar to your upbringing in Pakistan. Perhaps...

  • August 12, 2023

    End of acrimony

    To the credit of the very congenial-looking Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari , he is trying to overcome the emptiness of the present by building the most...

  • August 05, 2023

    A happy gathering

    The refrain about a supposedly impending parting of ways between the PML-N and the PPP has been a part of the recent Pakistani political discourse...

  • July 22, 2023

    Looking for poll clues

    Pakistan needs to fast start throwing up signs to convince everyone around that a general election in the country is imminent. Right now, things are...

  • July 15, 2023

    Resume of a doer

    PML-N's sympathizers spent all of Thursday – July 13 – on social media reminding us about a most significant event in the party’s...

  • July 08, 2023

    Who wants to be the PCB chief?

    The intense manoeuvring that goes into the selection of the person in charge at Gaddafi Stadium always makes for some most intriguing viewing. And...

  • June 24, 2023

    The JI and the jiyalas

    The PPP is not quite the party it used to be and today there are more people in the vicinity who wince at the mere mention of it than perhaps at any...

  • June 17, 2023

    The victory lap

    Some of the politicians on the winning side of the current divide in Pakistan are behaving in a manner reminiscent of victorious soldiers in...

  • June 10, 2023

    The lucky house

    If all the talk on the topic is something to go by, a Zardari home in Model Town in Lahore has long been deemed essential for the revival of the...

  • June 03, 2023

    Per ways the Romans

    The Punjab law enforcers’ long-drawn expedition on Zahoor Elahi Road in Lahore appears to have finally yielded them the treasure they were direly...

  • May 27, 2023

    From the virtual to the real

    ‘Ghareeb kay bachay’ versus ‘ameeron kay bachay’. The intriguing refrain does the rounds as Pakistanis cannot help but group people in Imran...

  • May 13, 2023

    Looking for suspects

    The bunch of Pakistanis who went on an unprecedented rampage in the posh and hitherto protected Lahore Cantonment have left us ceaselessly...

  • May 06, 2023

    At a safe distance – again

    The average age of the six soldiers killed in this case came to 28. The eldest of them was only 37 and the youngest was 22. Three of them were in...

  • April 29, 2023

    Kingmakers for fathers

    Mr Asif Ali Zardari has expressed the very legitimate desire of seeing his son as the prime minister of Pakistan. With a lineage including such...

  • April 22, 2023

    A bit of Eid day remembrance

    Pakistanis have been confronted with too many crises in recent years to be left harbouring any thoughts of leading what would be called a usual,...

  • April 15, 2023

    Pleasures of political kill

    Among those who were stunned by a bit of unexpected news travelling from Bahawalpur on the afternoon of Aug 17 in 1988, some might recall the...

  • April 08, 2023

    The big ‘howevers’

    The pattern of commentary on Pakistani politics has fed an argumentative style where a lot of importance is given to what follows a ‘however’ in...

  • April 01, 2023

    The moment of truth

    It all really depends on which Pakistan you are face to face with at a particular moment. You may find yourself in a land that is brutally enslaved...

  • March 25, 2023

    Crossover channel

    It all made so much sense then. The Imran Khan government had appeared so incapable of pulling the country out of economic quagmire. His control on...

  • March 18, 2023

    The return of the guerrilla

    Imran Khan’s reputation as some sort of a guerrilla leader far preceded his recognition as the most determined and most popular political leader...

  • March 11, 2023

    Back to our worst

    We cannot but compare the current state of affairs in the country to the ugly 1980s and 1990s – or to 1977, for that matter. Then, the pundits...

  • March 04, 2023

    By an election alone

    The media told them they were playing with fire by delaying a resort to the people for settling their dispute with a very popular political rival....

  • February 25, 2023

    Long haul from The Mall

    Often it is impossible to escape Lahore, even if you happen to physically exist at a distance from the beloved city. With the ‘jail bharo’...

  • February 18, 2023

    Working for the right leader

    It is good to have friends in high places one can occasionally send complaints to. Imran Khan has one such friend in Arif Alvi sitting in the...

  • February 11, 2023

    BBZ’s ‘dissenting’ note

    Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari has been compelled by circumstances to send a message to the International Monetary Fund just when the mighty and omnipotent...

  • February 04, 2023

    The real uncle problem

    Is it about one uncle or a host of troublesome uncles that need to be sorted out here? The question is of vital importance as, exactly as predicted,...

  • January 28, 2023

    For those who care

    There could not have been a more inauspicious start to a government – and, that, too, just a caretaker one. Coming in amid loud protests by those...

  • January 14, 2023

    No escape from the formula

    Back in the days when there were no 24/7 news channels around we had accomplished actors hogging popular attention. They essayed the audiences’...

  • January 07, 2023

    A call for workers

    PML-N workers must greet the news about Ms Maryam Nawaz’s appointment as the senior vice president of the party with excitement. The move is to...