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PARTLY FACETIOUS: Lawyers don’t have the charisma that politicians have

“So the dismemberment of the party of The Man Who Must Remain Nameless…” “One reality-check please: the more you dismember it the easier it...

09.04.2024 10

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Inflation: what the govt is doing wrong?

Inflation for the current year, so projected the then finance minister Ishaq Dar in his 9 June 2023 budget speech, would be 21 percent for 2023-24 –...

08.04.2024 50

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: A conspiracy theory

“Arsenic, arsenic, everywhere but never a drop for the needy.” “Excuse me? Arsenic as in needy.” “I am not sure about whether there is any...

06.04.2024 10

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: Social media rules the roost

“So what do you reckon? It’s out with the old, in with the new or old wine in new bottles?” “Tough one that! Communication technology has...

05.04.2024 20

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: Our system exacts a heavy price from spouses

“My question is why would anyone try to poison The Third Wife?” “She reckons some of you Khanzadehs are maligning her and the media personnel...

04.04.2024 30

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: You don’t give up on your children

“I find it absolutely baffling that in the event that a key slot becomes vacant there is hectic lobbying for the appointment yet once the...

03.04.2024 40

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: Unlike the Soviets, we have kingship here

“Before the collapse of the Soviet Union, analysts would rank individual Soviets in terms of their power and influence by how far away or near they...

02.04.2024 20

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Paradigm behind an ideal tax-to-GDP ratio

One point of commonality in all twenty-three International Monetary Fund (IMF) programmes secured by Pakistan to date is an emphasis on raising tax...

01.04.2024 30

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: From the gut comes the strut, and where hunger reigns, strength abstains

“We are a nation of naysayers or yaysayers.” “That’s fair right. You agree or disagree.” “One can abstain too right, and as the US has...

30.03.2024 30

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: George Bernard Shaw and Thomas Jefferson

“Why can’t we as a nation take a principled stand”? “That’s silly – since when did your principles match mine exactly.” “There are...

29.03.2024 50

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: Honey bottle was tampered with?

“Nectar is food for the gods.” “Wow, have you crossed many, many, red lines.” “In ancient Greek and Roman mythology…” “Oh, OK then,...

28.03.2024 40

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: Merit is the antonym of demerit

“Discuss merit and not…not…” “Demerit?” “Is that the opposite of merit? Merit is defined as value, distinction, and demerit is a...

27.03.2024 20

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: Dar held a press conference with like-minded media

“So what do you reckon? Sp or Sa?” “I don’t get you! Sp as in sun protection cream or Sa as in music – soprano or alto?” “Seriously! I...

26.03.2024 30

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Pakistan and IMF

The second and final review of the nine-month Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was reached this week past...

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: Dar’s suits and his ties

“One can learn lessons from one’s predecessors.” “Agreed. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif (SS) invited the Moustached Kakar (MK)…” “Yes...

23.03.2024 20

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: What about a ‘Lie Perception Index’?

“I have decided to launch my own survey company.” “Hmmm.” “Why the skepticism? I mean the work isn’t too difficult is it – take a...

22.03.2024 20

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: In Pakistan, we do have royalty

“H and H have been vindicated.” “I am not sure about that, Her Highness the Princess of Wales doctored the Mother’s Day photograph and...

21.03.2024 30

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: The profundity of a notification

“Notification Maryam Nawaz (NMN) has issued a notification.” “Oh? I thought as she is now notification enabled, you were no longer referring to...

20.03.2024 40

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: Zardari sahib has the best teeth in town

“Do you know what is the overarching focus on our airwaves?” “Our fatalities on the 16 March attack by the Taliban and a stern looking...

19.03.2024 30

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Aurangzeb: legitimate expectations?

Expectations are extremely high with the appointment of Muhammad Aurangzeb as finance minister on 11 March 2024 – a position that he was reportedly...

18.03.2024 40

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: The art of borrowing

“Can you lend me a hundred thousand rupees?” “Don’t have it, sorry. Just tighten your belt…” “Hey my credit rating is kinda down, I...

16.03.2024 20

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: Nawaz Sharif no longer first news item or second

“Hmmm.” “That sounds ominous.” “The airwaves are full of comments about the end of project The Man Who Must Remain Nameless, and I ask you...

15.03.2024 30

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: Shutting down the Adiala jail?

“I don’t understand how you can shut down a jail?” “By a notification, and considering that it is a Notification that began the illustrious...

14.03.2024 10

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: A new notification referring to an old one

“A notification has been issued that Maryam Nawaz will not henceforth be referred to as Notification Maryam Nawaz (NMN).” “Agreed, I reckon a...

13.03.2024 20

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A recalcitrant rupee!

The budget for the current fiscal year, reviewed and amended by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a prior condition for the staff level...

11.03.2024 50

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: The Ancient Mariner

“Water, water, everywhere and never a drop to drink.” “And what prompted this line from, wasn’t it Coleridge’s poem titled The Ancient...

09.03.2024 20

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: Educated and not so well-educated

“Traditions vary markedly…” “From one region to another, one country to another, one…” “I was referring to dynasties.” “You mean...

08.03.2024 30

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: Daddy has done her a disservice

“I reckon the human race understands the principle of reciprocity.” “You scratch my back and I will scratch yours.” “Hmmmm.” “What?...

05.03.2024 20

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Self-praise is no honour

The Caretaker Cabinet expressed satisfaction at its six-month two-and-half-week performance during its meeting on 22 February presided over by the...

04.03.2024 20

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: Aik Zardari sab par bhari?

“Some renaming is required.” “The Man Who Must Remain Nameless…” “No, leave him be, he has no name as is.” “Aik Zardari sab pay...

02.03.2024 10

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: What is not written in IMF’s Articles of Agreement?

“So The Man Who Must Remain Nameless dictated a letter to I assume his lawyers to on-send it to the International Monetary Fund Managing Director -...

01.03.2024 20

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: We always complicate elections

“Oh what a tangled web we weave.” “Quoting Shakespeare ain’t gonna resonate in the Land of the Pure.” “Well that comment tells me that...

29.02.2024 20

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: Wasn’t Captain Safdar (retd) at Maryam’s oath-taking ceremony?

“So Notification Maryam Nawaz (NMN) has transitioned.” “Indeed she has. In her maiden speech as an oath taker rather than as NMN she addressed...

28.02.2024 10

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: BISP the only success story?

“So what about The Samdhi?” “Why? I mean, after you wasted reams of paper to assess his performance as finance minister unsatisfactory?” “I...

27.02.2024 40

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: There’s a piece that can jump over other pieces

“I know of one person who has voluntarily become a sacrificial lamb.” “Well it ain’t The Maulana. He has left The Man Who Must Remain Nameless...

23.02.2024 8

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: Don’t compare apples with oranges

“There is one thing I simply cannot understand about transitions.” “Well, transition as in…in…how do I put it in the Land of the Very...

22.02.2024 10

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: Explaining what actually constitutes the word ‘field’

“You think the Man Without a Portfolio took the decision to go Absent Without Leave (AWOL) and I am referring to his recent media talks where he...

21.02.2024 10

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: Shehbaz eager to become PM again: not a good move

“The Man Without a Portfolio hath spoken again.” “Don’t step on the tail of a snake.” “He is no krait nor a cobra, this is a green snake...

20.02.2024 10

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Economic morass is visibly deepening

March 15 was the date agreed for the second and final staff-level agreement (SLA) on the ongoing nine-month 3 billion dollar Stand By Arrangement...

19.02.2024 40

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: An increase in Diesel’s price

“The price of diesel was raised by Rs 8.37 per litre.” “And that to me shows that the twice consenting to become a caretaker finance minister...

17.02.2024 10

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: Green energy versus fossil fuel

“So now what?” “Well, I heard the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have en masse supported green energy.” “I don’t understand.” “Well,...

16.02.2024 30

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: Better form will prevail

“The Man Who Must Remain Nameless refuses to engage with the three parties that secured the maximum seats, apart from the 93 independents who won...

15.02.2024 10

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: If wishes were horses…

“Our very homegrown…” “If only we could grow an economic plan at home.” “If wishes were horses…” “In the Land of the Pure, wishes...

14.02.2024 20

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: Islamic world is big on denouncement, and…

“The world has gone not quite mad but…but…” “Upside down?” “That’s right – what was up is now down, and what was down is now up.”...

13.02.2024 30

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Lack of economics behind politics

The marriage between politics and economics is well established globally though in Pakistan political parties’ economic agenda varies little mainly...

12.02.2024 50

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: Maryam won but didn’t win big

“Don’t look so smug, the battle royale has not yet been engaged.” “I am just smiling because this is the first day of spring in the...

10.02.2024 10

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Partly Facetious: Zardari has bought a few more carrots?

“I guess it’s a family affair.” “What? The distribution of who gets which ministry?” “Well that’s kinda jumping the gun so to speak. The...

07.02.2024 20

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Manifestoes, subsidies instead of reforms

Media personnel were way more insistent on manifestoes from the three national parties in the run up to the 8 February elections than the general...

05.02.2024 10

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: A pirni a faith healer or spiritual guide?

“I don’t get it.!” “Well, as an acknowledged spiritual guide to The Man Who Must Remain Nameless, who millions of Pakistanis love and will...

03.02.2024 20

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PARTLY FACETIOUS: Wasn’t Maryam a beneficiary à la carte as well?

“I have to admit – it did surprise me.” “What? That Sanam Javed is in jail but not yet convicted, and as soon as the court grants her bail...

02.02.2024 10

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