A red carpet was laid from the entrance of Kot Lakhpat Jail to the holding cell of the three times prime minister of Pakistan, Mian Nawaz Sharif, because Qamaruz Zaman Qaira, president of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Punjab branch, insisted that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was not used to walking on bare surfaces.

Sharif receives the visitor in his specially appointed cell, where at Qaira’s insistence, portraits of both Bilawal’s maternal grandfather and the mother, as well the two parties’ flags had been placed.

Sharif hugs him tightly, and states, “My dear boy, I am really grateful to my dear brother…


Hamid Mir of Geo News has invited Marvi Sirmed, special correspondent of the Daily Times, Shehzad Khanzada, anchor of Geo News’ program “Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada kay Sath,” Mansoor Ali Khan of Express News and Mehr Bukhari of NewsEye, to discuss the Pakistani situation as clouds of war still hover above.

Before Hamid, the host of the program, could even utter a word, Sirmed jumps in screaming, “I condemn [finance minister] Asad Umer. It is despicable to call Bilawal by his father’s name. Imran Khan should impart a little training to his people. Imagine calling someone by his father’s name.”

Mir…


Asif Zardari has invited Marvi Sirmed, special correspondent of the Daily Times, Shehzad Khanzada, anchor of GEO News’ program “Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada kay sath,” and, Mehr Bukhari of NewsEye — journalists who favor him, his progeny, his party and its leadership, to Zardari House at 19, F-8 in Islamabad.

As usual, Zardari has his overloaded ashtrays in front, and his glass of Chivas Regal getting refilled regularly.

Also present are his children, Bilawal, Bakhtawar, and Aseefa.

Zardari, with his trademark smirk, offers thanks to the three for their spectacular criticism of finance minister Asad Umar who had the temerity to…


Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has huddled with his close aides at his office in the prime minister’s secretariat. They include National Security Adviser Ajit Dovel, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, defense minister Nirmala Sitharaman and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.

Modi, who is nursing his glass of his favorite beverage, gao mutra (cow urine), “Our eyes are on April and May 2019 elections where our target is the total capture of the 17th Lok Sabha (Peoples Assembly).

“Anil [Kumar Dhasmana, chief of the Research and Analysis Wing] really did a fantastic job with Pulwama! We are more than…


Maulana Fazalur Rehman, chief of his eponymous faction of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, has called upon Asif Zardari, a former president of Pakistan, and co-chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party.

As usual, Zardari is sitting in front of a few ashtrays piled high with cigarette butts. Out of his deference to his visitor, he has ordered his Chivas Regal to be brought in a porcelain mug emblazoned with the Hyatt Regency The Churchill name, the hotel he owns in London. For the visitor he has ordered a tall glass of lassi.

The Maulana, however, has no appetite for the offering and…


Upon returning from his tour of Pakistan, India, and China, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) is meeting with his security advisors Dabae Aldhiyb and Jihaz Thaelab, as usual aboard his super yacht, Serene, anchored off the Red Sea coast.

A Saudi naval flotilla stands guard.

Both of his advisors were trained at Erik Prince’s Academi, the security company formerly called Blackwater USA… who is brother of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Aldhiyb seeks permission to offer his views, “Your Royal Highness, indeed you have made the right move in appointing His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Salman as…


Chandoo Khopramal, a day-jobber, and a regular customer of the Ghaseeta Idli Shop, makes it at dinner to meet with his fellow-worker, Pisoo Ghantaram.

They make home in Dharavi, one of Asia’s largest slums, in Mumbai, where his 100 sq. ft. shanty costs $5 a month in rent.

Ghaseeta Idli is also their opportunity to watch television.

It was only yesterday that he saw the report that Karl Lagerfeld, who was described as a famous clothes designer, had died in Paris leaving his $200 million fortune in the name of his cat, Choupette.

Khopramal saw an opportunity, and although, he…


Lord Rodney Rowdent-Shutworth, trustee of the British Campaign for Prosperity, has invited Sir Thistlebottom Blockstein, chairman of the Advisory Council on the Advancement of British Sovereignty, to address the issue of British arms in areas of conflict.

Lord Rowdent-Shutworth, who traces his ancestry to one of Crusaders, is concerned over the criticism being leveled that the Department for International Trade (DIT) employs more than 150 civil servants and military personnel for the sole purpose of promoting arms sales.

Most recently several of them were in Abu Dhabi at the International Defense Exhibition and Conference (Idex 2019), the Middle East’s biggest…


Pakistan Peoples Party parliamentary leader in the Senate, Sherry Rehman has invited Saleem Safi who conducts, Jirga with Saleem Safi on Geo TV, to discuss the recently concluded visit of the Saudi crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman (MBS).

Sherry is quick to start the conversation, “Did you see how small-minded Imran Khan is, and leave alone his lack of etiquette, not just him, even the president he has gotten elected did not know how to deliver a formal speech.

“This is unprecedented that the opposition leaders were not invited to the two official dinners…”

Safi asks, “What do you think…


Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif and his niece, Maryam Nawaz have been summoned by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to his room — the sub-jail — at Jinnah Hospital in Lahore to discuss the developments arising out of the remarks by the Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS).

Nawaz hugs his daughter, and murmurs, “What is happening! You were saying that soon the night of oppression would come to an end, but what we see is darkness.

“In fact, last night, I dreamt that King Abdullah had appeared in this boy, MBS’s dream and…

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