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

Do we need new provinces?

The idea of creating new provinces is an old one. For years different ethnic groups have been seeking the creation of their own provinces and for years these voices were ignored. But recently this issue has popped up again –  this time it feels like something might actually happen.   This is because political parties now want to publicly discuss this issue and take a stand. For years the issue has been raised in drawing rooms but never on a public platform. So, do we even need new provinces? All the cool kids are doing it Contrary to popular belief provinces are created ...

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What the media did not tell you

As always, we have been busy with our usual chronic problems – Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) having a go at each other, the worsening electricity crisis, crying and cribbing over foreign aid, making insane statements that hurt at least one segment of our society and so on. But, while the nation was kept busy with this, there were other serious developments happening on the political front and economic front that our lovely media forgot to tell you about because they either thought it was not news worthy or they just decided that you do not ...

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Why PPP will be re-elected in 2013

For some reason, every four to five months, Pakistan’s politicians and media start talking about elections. Although everyone says they hope the government will complete its five year term, this does not stop them from making wild predictions about the upcoming elections, whenever they will be held. Based on what I have observed, this is the harsh truth that the people will eventually come to terms with:  Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) is going to win the next elections. Before you start sharpening your knives and take a run at me, logically think about the electoral map of Pakistan. In order to ...

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Budget lies the government tells you every year

So, it’s the budget season again: the country goes through the motions of presenting budgets at the Federal and Provincial levels. As always there are tons of discussions over the types of budgets that should be presented. Each year like clockwork we see the same faces pop up on TV screens and newspapers giving the same old opinions on what should be and what should not be. But eventually the same thing happens. Absolutely nothing. It is in that spirit that I am have decided to write what the government does not tell the people and what the pundits conveniently miss out. 1. ...

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Abbottabad raid commission, and other wastes of time

While the country is going through one of the most turbulent times in its history, our politicians believe that this is the perfect time to play politics. This time, the politics is of commissions. The raid to kill Osama Bin Laden was embarrassing while totally against the sovereignty of this country. This is something many firmly believe. I am not saying whether it was wrong or right;  just that it made us look bad. Now, the smart thing to do would be to launch an investigation in to the incident, to understand what happened and how we ended up in this ...

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Stop the rhetoric, tell us if we are in the dumps

As we get close to finalising an 18 per cent deficit budget for Pakistan, our institutions are busy bickering with each other rather than thinking, for a second, about how royally screwed we are with regards to our economy. For those of you who are not economists, an 18 per cent deficit is simply ridiculous; normally countries have budgets around the 7-10 per cent marker, where the shortfall of funds is generated through either issuing bonds, cutting government spending or through public borrowing. An economy goes in to panic mode when the deficit hits double digits, but for some reason ...

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Pak-China friendship: How special is it?

In the aftermath of the Osama Bin Laden disaster, Pakistan has been scrambling to come up with a response to counter the piling pressure. The pressure, mostly in form of tough questions being raised from across the world, is something Pakistan is not used to managing efficiently. And, in its moment of need, as always, our prime minister decided to reach out to our allies, China, and got on a plane for a quick state visit. The whole purpose of the visit was apparently to show the United States (US) that Pakistan has the support of China. This is ...

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MQM in Punjab: Free food, stale agenda

The big MQM jalsa in Lahore was touted as the game changer for the party and the people of Punjab. Roads in the city were lined with billboards as reminders of the rally that would kickstart the “revolution”. The promise was that MQM chief Altaf Hussain’s words would inspire people to stand up against an oppressive two-party political system. But now that the jalsa is over and the reviews are in, it seems that nothing has changed. The only effect of the jalsa on the people of Lahore was that they had to take alternative routes to their destinations as multiple roads were blocked off. Trying and ...

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Kazmi’s arrest: The best part about the Hajj scandal

Isn’t it just fantastic news that a federal minister is in jail? It’s almost as rare as seeing a double rainbow – a moment that makes you want to sit down and cry with happiness. Pakistan’s double rainbow moment came when Former Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi was taken into custody on charges of corruption during Hajj. Now that he is on a physical remand with the FIA, it is important to look back at what happened: Former federal minister Azam Swati (a big funder of JUI-F) accuses Mr Kazmi of corruption during Hajj operations The Prime Minister sacks both of ...

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The ‘revolutions’ of PML-N and MQM

You know your country’s politics is in the dumps when two of the most dictatorial political parties start talking about revolution and then start pointing fingers at each other. I mean – seriously! The audacity with which the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) talk about revolution is simply amazing. And, it’s not as if they are small political parties. The PML-N prides itself as being a national party whereas the MQM is working its way up to becoming one or at least making claims of becoming one. Dynastic party systems The fact is, the PML-N’s internal party ...

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