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In today’s featured cartoon, Alok Nirantar comments on the Pakistan Army’s influence over the country’s political affairs as he likens Prime Minister Imran Khan’s situation to that of comedian Chris Rock, who was slapped by Hollywood actor Will Smith on stage at the Oscars earlier this week for cracking a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
Khan’s ruling coalition is set to lose its majority in Pakistan’s National Assembly after a key coalition partner switched sides ahead of a parliamentary no-confidence vote.
Satish Acharya also takes a dig at rising fuel prices in a tongue-in-cheek comparison with the box office performance of Vivek Agnihotri’s The Kashmir Files — a film based on the exodus of Pandits from the Valley in 1990 — which has been aggressively promoted by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Kirtish Bhatt mocks the repeated hikes in fuel prices in India over the past nine days. Petrol and diesel prices were Wednesday hiked by 80 paise a litre each, taking the total increase in rates in the last nine days to Rs 5.60 per litre. He illustrates a couple on a scooter trying to negotiate the frequent speed bumps, with the man defending the government’s policy to hike prices by small amounts every day rather than in one go.