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Education Tsunami for Pakistan

By Maria Sultan • 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 Sultan • 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 Sultan • 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 Sultan • 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 Sultan • 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 [...]



Akram Sheikh as Prosecuter is Danger Bell for Musharraf

By Maria Sultan • Nov 26th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

The common belief among the people and media in the Pakistan is that former dictator General(r) Pervaiz Musharraf will go scot-free from all the cases. It is also said that Musharraf will soon Pakistan and live rest of his life in luxurious exile. With no serious political party or political base in Pakistan, any future [...]



Current Situation in Rawalpindi Under Curfew After Shia Sunni Clash

By Maria Sultan • Nov 17th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

Rawalpindi is smouldering and is kind of volcano right now which an burst at any time. TheĀ  only thing which is stopping it from exploding is the curfew maintained by the heavy contingents of the military and para-military forces. I was spending this weekend with a friend in one suburb of this city and now [...]



In Realpolitik Imran Khan Fails in KPK

By Maria Sultan • Nov 14th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

In future now it will be very hard for Imran Khan to weave a coalition with any other party to form a government or any pressure bloc. The practical and pragmatic politics on the ground level doesn’t go well with the morals and ethics, the world over. Even in developed, shining, and ancient democracies in [...]



A Look Inside Musharraf’s Chak Shahzad Farm

By Maria Sultan • Oct 3rd, 2013 • Category: Politics

A mutual friend of mine and Musharraf told me about the luxurious and deluxe lifestyle of former President Pervaiz Musharraf, when we met on the lush lawns of Islamabad Club yesterday. The person had to wait weeks before he could get access to the Musharraf in his plush mansion due to the security clearance. The [...]



Dehati Indian Aurat and Dehati Kashmiri Mard

By Maria Sultan • Sep 30th, 2013 • Category: Lead Story, Politics, Worth A Second Look

In rural areas of Pakistan, in the small villages, whenever fight breaks out, it is settled by the village elders. In one such long running dispute, there was this rural woman who didn’t waste any chance to run and start whining about her adversary in front of the elders. This is the joke which was [...]