The issue here is that the Islamabad election is but a smaller story arc.
The problem is with an electoral system that is open to manipulation.
The run-up to the Senate election is never without its fair share of stories, gossip and controversies.
What allows a politician to tower over others and attract voters across districts and provinces?
The PTI government is obsessing with curriculum because it’s easier to tinker with it than fix the education standards.
Why do we obsess so much over what has passed?
There was little in terms of contributions in our own language as we wrestled with the pandemic.
Even sorrow acknowledged by all is not enough to move a ruler who has been forced to take notice.
The PDM’s recent brainstorming, which ended without any major announcement, surprised few.
The ruling party was more under pressure owing to its own shortcomings rather than anything done by any other entity.
The cure in the shape of the vaccine will not fix the ills the pandemic highlighted.
No one is clear about what it will focus on or what it aims to achieve.
If Imran Khan doesn’t take hold of the initiative right now, it may be too late for him, closer to the march.
So Aseefa was thrown into the ‘jalsa’ to make up for the absence of her brother but not in her own right?
So much is unknown about the infection that views have changed rapidly about what needs to be done.
Like weddings in Pakistan, political dialogues too tend to favour the inclusion of the extended clan.
Everyone is busy writing on his own page and ignoring what the others are scribbling away.
That Trump didn’t deliver on his populist politics in four years didn’t deter his supporters.
It is for the political parties to sit at the same table and recognise each other as legitimate.
The coming together of the opposition has taken centre stage while the govt has been reduced to little more than reactions galore.