Kamran Shafi

Extensions and prisons by Kamran Shafi

20 July, 2010
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Straight to the leaked news in just one media group — picked up by certain other private TV channels later — of an extension in service for Gen Kayani of not one, but two years! Mischievously, the story even alluded to the possibility that now that the president had ‘agreed’ to the extension in the […]

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Shame all around by Kamran Shafi

13 July, 2010
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At exactly 23:12 i.e. 12 minutes past 11pm last Thursday night, my mobile telephone rang. My old friends of ‘Private Number Calling’ infamy were at the other end. “Aap aaj XYZ embassy gaye they — wahaan kiya hua?” the voice said. When I asked who was speaking, the voice mumbled a name, something between ‘Maqbool’ […]

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The creeping coup by Kamran Shafi

6 July, 2010
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As I sit listening to possibly the greatest song — ‘Alif Allah Chambey Di Booty’ by the incomparable Arif Lohar, and the remarkable Meesha Shafi — to come out of the Land of the Pure for many, many years, especially after the passing away of the great (and unlamented in this barren desert of a […]

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It’s now or never by Kamran Shafi

1 June, 2010
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I saw the news of the massacre much after it had happened, being out of the house when I received an alert on my cell about “12” people getting killed in a terrorist attack on praying Ahmadis in Model Town. I ran home and put on the TV and burst into tears, first of rage […]

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A committee and a half by Kamran Shafi

4 May, 2010
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Kamran Shafi Tuesday, 04 May, 2010 The committee set up to fix responsibility for the hosing down of the site of Benazir Bhutto’s dastardly assassination is something to behold: a federal secretary, a provincial additional secretary and the vice chief of general staff of the Pakistan Army. What a committee indeed, with a real general […]

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