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Are PTI and PPP Coming Together?

By Maria • Jul 16th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

All of those of you, who are seeking an alliance between PTI and PPP against the PML-N and hoping that PPP would join the long march of PTI on 14th August towards Islamabad may be disappointed as that might not happen. PTI is not retreating from its long march, though their charter of demands is [...]



NaMo and Nawaz

By Maria • May 27th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

For now, everything looks so rosy and smooth. All of a sudden a hawk in India has turned into a dove and our premier couldn’t wait to embrace that neo-dove. So far so good. Modi inviting Nawaz, Nawaz going there, and no bad blood so far. Nawaz getting emotional and telling Modi how he and [...]



Reason Why Nawaz Sharif Should Refuse to Attend Modi Swearing

By Maria • May 22nd, 2014 • Category: Politics

Its not an olive branch extended by Narendra Modi towards it’s neighboring countries especially Pakistan as he invites Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif to attend his inauguration ceremony. It’s his bid to gain some credibility internationally as regional and world leader, and to remove his blood-tainted past from the memories of world.
In fact its [...]



Modi and Pakistan

By Maria • May 17th, 2014 • Category: Politics

Even The Economist is not comfortable with the fact that Narendra Modi gets sworn in as the next Prime Minister of India, which now seems all likely. Pakistan’s nervousness is understandable. Modi’s past and present is not something to write home about when it comes to being friendly with neighbors, and being unbiased and being [...]



Shooder Civilians Are Neither With GEO nor with ISI

By Maria • Apr 29th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

The titan of Pakistani media and the country-shaker Mir Shakeelur Rehman’s Jang and GEO group are the leading media tycoons. Their wealth knows no bounds. Their powers in every sector wields enormous clout. Make no mistake about them going down quietly by the hands of almighty ISI. GEO knows too much dirt about the generals [...]



Education Tsunami for Pakistan

By Maria • Apr 11th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Need I say it again for the umpteenth time that education is the key in this world and the worlds which will come after this one in the future? Every era is shaped by the volume of information, and this age is all about information. Information comes from education and that is what is the [...]



Let’s Milk Saudi Arabia

By Maria • Mar 24th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

US$ 1.5 billion are just a start, we can get a lot more from the very angry, sort of lonely, and very desperate Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. After ruling the Muslim world for over 50 years through it’s oil money, Saudi Arabia feels threatened as Iran softens it’s stance and US leans towards it more. [...]



Hor Choopo

By Maria • Feb 8th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

The retired bureaucrat took a long deep puff at his Cuban cigar, lifted his heavy eyelids and smugly bellowed at the people around the table in Islamabad Club, ‘Hoor Choopo.’ This Punjabi expression out of his mouth was also wrapped in thick smoke and the gathering choked with words mangled up in their mouths. Answers [...]



The Lucky Dictator

By Maria • Jan 6th, 2014 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

History tells us that most, even almost all of the dictators get in power by saying “yeah! I am going to use my power for the good of the people! And I have assumed the office in the larger greater interest of the country. WIth great power becomes great responsibility” [...]



New Chief Justice Beware of Media

By Maria • Dec 13th, 2013 • Category: Politics

Former Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was an ordinary judge with normal life and career, but as soon as he got into the deceiving cocoon of media, he got out of his mind, became a pharaoh and lost his mind, dignity and prestige. The same media who used to pump him in, is now sparing no [...]