Jaan Haider

Jaan Haider

Translator at The Express Tribune, based in Lahore.

Loyalties: Musharraf and Gilgit-Baltistan

One wonders why the people of Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) are still sympathetic towards former president Pervez Musharraf. Given that many people in the country consider him to have left an unpleasant legacy, especially one which has left Pakistan embroiled in an unending war. Many friends and acquaintances say he is an absconder from the courts and that he sold Pakistan out to the Americans for personal gain. The same people say that Musharraf was a dictator and during his regime the rule of jungle prevailed. So, if for the sake of argument, all that is true, then how would one explain ...

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Fire haunts Shah Alam

A (read another) fire broke out in a shop at a market in Shah Alam Market at about 2:15pm on Friday that later spread to other shops and warehouses. A shopkeeper said it was quiet worrying. A lot of people were running for their lives. But this time the fire service was absolutely “out of this world;” the Rescue 1122 officials reached almost immediately. But narrow and densely-populated alleys impeded their efforts to douse the fire. This is the second `big fire’ that has gutted goods worth millions of rupees at the Shah Alam Market this year. On February 7, a ...

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