Nadeem F. Paracha: Pakistan’s New Media Dictionary, Talpur, Taj, Anjum Niaz
Irfan Hussain: During the lawyers’ movement for the reinstatement of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, Nawaz Sharif declared at a televised rally: ‘Once the chief justice is restored, I swear upon God that all of Pakistan’s problems will be solved!’ (‘Jub chief justice sahib wapis apne odhay pay lag jayengai, to mein Khuda ki qasam katha hoon kay Pakistan kay saray maslay hal ho jain gay!’ Well, the chief justice was restored some months ago, and as I was away for some of this time, I can be excused for not noticing that all our problems had been solved. But as far as I can tell, we are still struggling with loadshedding; prices have not suddenly come down; and above all, the jihadis seem to have missed Nawaz Sharif’s speech altogether because their terrorist activities have increased, if anything.
“All those political or non-political forces that defend the Taliban and libanisation in Pakistan in one way or the other like the Jamaat-e-Islami, Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, Tehreek-e-Insaf and other outfits are considered anti-Pakistan, anti-people and anti-Pakhtun by the people of Pakhtunkhwa.”
Ansar Abbasi; Harris Steels owner Sheikh Afzal in his statement before the SC had accused Babar Awan, Sharifuddin Pirzada, Malik Qayyum and Ali Sajjad to have taken money from him allegedly as bribe to win a case from the Dogar court in his favour. Afzal did not mention Aitzaz but he named certain other actors, including Bank of Punjab employees, ex-chief commissioner Islamabad and a Lahore-based journalist to have taken the bribe. Aitzaz’s name was mentioned by Harris Steel’s director and Afzal’s brother Sheikh Munir while informally talking to a television channel. The NAB sources said it seemed that Munir was prompted by a journalist to speak against Aitzaz.