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

Politics now: Time to end the game

For the last couple of days I have been watching the news and repeatedly slamming my head in to the wall. It’s not that I enjoy slamming my head into a wall, but it’s just that when I see how our politicians are behaving, it makes me go nuts. First, it was the epic name calling in front of the National Assembly. It was entertaining and very disturbing at the same time. Kind of like when the president talks about democracy, justice and Benazir Bhutto at the same time. But a lot has happened since then. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement walked away from ...

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Maulana tantrums Part II: PM Gilani’s removal

Our favorite maulana has lost all his patience now. He is demanding that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani be removed. Seriously? This is the same person whose nomination the maulana supported, the same person he praised multiple times, and the same person whom he congratulated on defusing the judicial crisis. And after all that, just because the prime minister used his authority, Maulana Fazlur Rehman wants him to be fired from the job? This brings to light a number of interesting things about how our politics functions. Firstly, people like the maulana hold a huge sway in our political system because they ...

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Tantrums of my favourite Maulana

Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman is a funny guy. Just recently, he took a moral stand (his own words) a week ago to quit the government because the PM fired his minister. At that point in time, he was praised by many within his party and even nationally for finally showing some spine and taking action. But now that the adrenaline rush is over, Maulana sahab fears that he might have gone a bit too far and that there may not be a way back. His most recent comments highlight this anxiety. He stood outside the National Assembly and ...

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Swati, Kazmi sacked: Three cheers for PM Gilani

For the first time in my life, I am actually applauding the Prime Minister for finally doing his job, the job being in this case, taking executive decisions and putting his house in order. For once, the PM said something and then actually followed up on that immediately. Now I am hoping and wishing that happens every time he says something, but I guess that’s just asking a bit too much – but this is a great start. To understand the significance of today, we need to understand its background. So as most of you are aware of the ...

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The Chai Party Manifesto of Pakistan

The recent rise of the TEA Party in the US has made me realise how important alternative voices are within main stream politics. The fact that a bunch of people who were angry at government policies started a protest movement that eventually became a viable political force in elections is an amazing achievement. It made me wonder why we don’t have something like that in Pakistan. Rather than whining and crying over the stupidity of our rulers, why not put forward an alternative agenda? I present to you, the Chai Party Manifesto: simple things that need to be done on ...

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Save the economy, save Pakistan

It’s surprising that two years into governing, the PPP and its allies still haven’t figured out the fundamental issue that is plaguing Pakistan. They have tried a number of wrong guesses, including judiciary, terrorism and even democracy as potential issues of paramount importance to Pakistan. But what these geniuses still haven’t figured out is: It’s the economy, stupid! Nearly every singly major issue that the people of Pakistan are currently facing can be traced back to the economy. In simple words, save the economy and you save the country. Terrorism, law and order, food and utility shortages, funding issues and even relief ...

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Dear Nawaz Sharif, be a man!

Dear Mian Saab, I have been meaning to write you a letter for a while, hoping to ask you a few things that are annoying not only me, but the people of Pakistan; specifically, people who voted for your party. Firstly, Mian saab, where have you been? In all honesty, apart from showing up on TV every now and then for some exclusive interview, the people of Pakistan hardly hear from you in person. Whatever happened to the Mian Saab who used to sit among the people to hear their problems and grievances? Secondly sir, seriously, what the whole deal with your ...

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October 21, 2010

Judicial bungling: Islamabad’s dog and pony show

Recently I have been trying to figure out exactly what is going on in Islamabad and more importantly what exactly the PPP and judiciary are on? Right now it seems the biggest favor they can do is to pass on whatever they are smoking on to the rest of us. The other favor they can do for this country is start doing their jobs. Now when I say jobs I mean jobs based on the descriptions that have been formed in the constitution. What should be happening According to the constitution, the executive is supposed to work on a policy with the ...

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Flood relief: Does any one still care?

It has been a few months since floods ravaged one fifth of Pakistan. Immediately, massive campaigns were launched to collect money and supplies to help victims. But slowly, this spirit has died down. Now there are  just a few reminders every now and then that survivors need your help. So what exactly happened? What went wrong? And how the hell have we all just come to terms with one fifth of our countrymen being homeless and living off international donor assistance? Well, there are a couple of things that happened that led to this. Firstly, from day one rather than talking of rehabilitation ...

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Say no to change!

A common question heard across Pakistan is why are we still in the same place economically as we were 20 years ago? Well, it’s a very valid question that not only raises a great point but also shows the overall frustration people feel about the state of our economy, where everything somehow takes a full turn and ends up being worse than before. A simple example of this would be the interest rates. Back in 1994, interest was hovering close to 18 percent. Now, 16 years later, it is close to the same level. This is not because Pakistan is stuck ...

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