Adnan.rasool

Adnan Khalid Rasool

Currently the Deputy Executive Director Center for Enterprise, Trade and Development, Adnan is also a political analyst working mainly on electoral politics and political campaign management. He tweets at @adnanrasool

Aapas Ka CM: Welcome Najam Sethi!

Much has been said on social and traditional media over Najam Sethi’s appointment as caretaker Chief Minister of Punjab. A number of people have welcomed his appointment while quite a few thought it was a bad idea – a journalist being appointed to a position of power would put a question mark on their integrity. I, for one, believe that Najam Sethi’s appointment as the caretaker chief minister Punjab is a great idea! He is a largely unbiased person who has time and time again proven his integrity as a journalist and a political analyst. He is on good terms with all political parties due ...

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We have no jobs because the state has no money

‘Pakistan is in economic dire straits!’ I hear this statement all the time. All sorts of conversations, political and otherwise, agree that the economic condition of Pakistan has become worse, but here we are still surviving and still managing. So, how messed up is our economy exactly? Read below to find out! 1. Our budget deficit Our budget deficit – that is the difference between what we have and what we spend – stands at 8.5%, when it should be close to about 4%. Simply put, we are spending way more than we are earning and because of this, we end up borrowing. When the government borrows money, it is ...

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Tahirul Qadri, the Bhutto boy, and the establishment’s last play

Based on the political events of the last 10 days, one of the most commonly asked questions in Pakistan is: ‘What is going on?’ As in what is going with the whole Qadri parade, what is up with Bilawal’s launch, and generally what on earth is going on in Pakistan? Simply put, there are two sides going up against each other and all of these events, or whatever you want to call them, are just parts of that. Who are these sides and what are they after? One side to all this is the establishment. For the last five years, the establishment has played one ...

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By-elections: PML-N looks like the party to beat!

By-elections are often ignored as nothing more than parties reclaiming a seat they had lost to some unfortunate incident or disqualification. In the last five years multiple by-elections have taken place and in most cases they have produced nothing exciting or out of the ordinary. However, yesterday’s by-election on nine seats across Pakistan was anything but ordinary. With nine seats up for grabs, including two National Assembly (NA) seats and six Provincial Assembly seats in Punjab, and one Provincial Assembly seat in Sindh, the by-election mattered given that they were held barely 120 days or so before the general ...

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Yogen Fruz: Hands down the best frozen yoghurt in Pakistan!

In the last 12 months or so, frozen yoghurt has become wildly popular in Pakistan. While ice-cream is still the most popular frozen dessert in the country, frozen yoghurt or ‘froyo’, as it’s commonly referred to, has been able to carve out a niche market for itself.  Even though their market is niche, the demand for froyo has been rapidly growing and to cater to this demand, a number of international chains have opened up local franchises in the last few months. Being a foodie, I obviously have tried out every single one of them. So when ‘Yogen Fruz’, the internationally acclaimed Canadian frozen ...

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SPLGO: This land is your land, this land is my land

As you may have heard by now, MQM and PPP have successfully managed to divide the province of Sindh along their power base lines. In a very smart move just before the elections, the PPP and MQM have hammered out a deal that will see Sindh get divided in a manner that benefits both parties. Just to ensure that their opponents really do not do much damage, they have passed something called the Sindh Peoples Local Governance Ordinance (SPLGO) that creates five ‘metropolitan corporations’ in Karachi, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Mirpurkhas and Larkana districts. The rest of the districts in Sindh would have district ...

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Banking bullies and the way to set them straight

Every now and then there is an instance where a banking institution treats its customers like trash and does everything that is not to be done with regards to customer service. I recently had a similar experience at a bank in Lahore where I have an account. I was shouted at in the bank by employees who refused to listen to me and instead told me to get out as they did not want to help me. I am certain other people have gone through horrible experiences with other banks just like I did with mine. So, what does a consumer do after ...

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How to make it big in Pakistan

There are many mysteries surrounding the rich and elite in Pakistan. These mysteries  have haunted us since time immemorial; how do they do it? How did that man make it so big, so fast being, so young? Where does he work? How can he be so rich without a job? These questions haunted me during the day and gave me nightmares at night, and all I could keep thinking to myself was ‘but how?’ I am pleased to tell you all that I have finally cracked the code; I have all the answers now! Reading newspapers, court orders, precedents and online research ...

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What the PML-N got wrong

In the last eight months or so, the PML-N has done pretty much everything a party can do in an election year. They have dug up every road in Punjab, raised concerns about problems in other provinces and have even recruited avidly to beef up their party ranks. Effectively, they have prepared well for the upcoming elections. And even though the tsunami is coming for them, they are still focused on the real competitor. One would say that they are ready to go to the polls and seize power. However, all is not what it seems to be – my personal ...

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Party campaigns: Where does their money come from?

Nearly all of us spend hours debating what our country needs, and almost every time we end up with the same list of priorities; education, eradication of corruption, job opportunities and other such basics. While I do agree that we require the above mentioned things, I also think that there is something else that we need on an urgent basis in our political system and which no one seems to be talking about it; campaign finance reforms. Even though it is the giant elephant in the room, I find it surprising that I have never come across a single discussion on it. For those ...

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