Friday, 3 December, 2021

Letter From Pakistan

File photo of Pakistan PM Imran Khan | Facebook/ImranKhanOfficial

Loves me, loves me not – The curious case of the Imran Khan govt and the ‘banned’ TLP

The Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan’s protests over the French ambassador has now cost too many lives and made a mockery of the govt. But Imran Khan is still bargaining.

India-Pakistan rivalry moves to next level, from YouTube comments to Twitter’s Space

India-Pakistan talk on Twitter Space is like your desi roadside accident crowd. Two men ram motorbikes into each other, 100 gather just to see kya chal raha hai.

Imran Khan has a gift for Pakistanis — India, the new sugar daddy

Can all Pakistanis who stand for Kashmir every Friday afternoon for half an hour sit down now?
A poster for Sarmad Khoosat's Zindagi Tamasha | Twitter

The real tamasha in Pakistan — Islamic council that’s saying no to films and corona taglines

Pakistan’s official entry to the Oscars, 'Zindagi Tamasha', can’t be seen by Pakistanis — even after two years of fights, cases, and protests.
An aircraft-shaped balloon with 'PIA' written on it recovered by J&K Police at Bhalwal, in Jammu on 16 March | ANI

Two balloons have done what Imran Khan govt couldn’t — give India sleepless nights

The pigeons and monkeys who spent their lives spying for Pakistan and India have been challenged by China-made balloons. How’s that for a two-front war?
File photo of Imran Khan | Photographer: Asad Zaidi | Bloomberg

Imran Khan’s ‘ghabrana nahin’ advice to Pakistanis on price rise is now a viral anthem

'Ghabrana nahin hai' is a lot like Aamir Khan's 'all is well' Except there is no promise of 'well' in sight.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Imran Khan is in sorrow, wants vote of confidence. Opposition hopes it can finally oust him

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has called it 'a sorrowful day for democracy in Pakistan'. This is a moment where you are either with Imran Khan or against him.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Twitter/ANI

Pakistanis are discussing Modi’s beard as if it’s a matter of national security

No one in Pakistan would have discussed Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s Covid-hairstyle or beard, but then he is not the most-favoured-neighbour of ours.

An Instagrammer did what two govts couldn’t. Indians and Pakistanis came to pawri together

Memes are the new confidence-building measures between two nuclear foes who are not talking. With pawri, Pakistanis are saying: ghar mein ghus ke laughter se maara.
File photo of Imran Khan | Facebook/ImranKhanOfficial

Imran Khan’s Pakistan wants to call. But Modi’s status is, ‘Can’t talk, WhatsApp only’

There will never be an end to Pakistan’s Kashmir policy. Even if it means the only talks it can hold is with itself.

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Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal | Linkedin

Parag Agrawal of Twitter signals Brahmin clout at IIT ending. Kota is now Baniya phenomenon

Baniyas, with their financial might, have breached the sanctum sanctorum of IITs. Money is playing a bigger role than birth in a certain caste. Change is welcome.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi at the COP26 summit in Glasgow | ANI photo

Time to convert Fintech into a revolution to provide low-cost payment system, ​says PM Modi

Speaking at the InFinity Forum Friday, PM said technology is bringing a big shift in finance, and mobile payment last year exceeded ATM withdrawals.


PM Narendra Modi with US President Joe Biden during their bilateral meeting in Washington on 24 September 2021| Twitter /@narendramodi

US unlikely to impose CAATSA sanctions on India for S-400, but other Russian deals won’t be easy

The $5.43-bn S-400 ‘Triumf’ missile systems deal is going to be at the centre of the upcoming India visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

What farm laws retreat by Modi govt tells us about ruling India like a CM with brute majority

No matter how dominant BJP is, India is a federation of states and it has CMs in only 12. Agriculture is largely a state issue, and most of India doesn’t follow it unquestioningly.