Nuggets from the Urdu press

These nuggets are culled from the Urdu press. They are summarised here without comment. Absurd or ridiculous, tft takes no responsibility for them.

Nuggets from the Urdu press


The PTI’s Naeem-ul-Haq, according to Daily Dunya (17 June 2019), expressed his view that cricket captain Sarfaraz Ahmed had made a mistake by not taking PM Imran Khan’s advice to bat first in the World Cup clash with India.

Watch out!

It was reported by Daily Dunya (17 June 2019) that Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan stated that the governing dispensation would not leave the field open to the opposition and that their wickets would fall (inki wicketein urrein gi). Furthermore, she assured, political orphans (siyasi yatim) would be left rubbing their hands (haath maltay rehh jaein ge).

About the slap

Daily Jang (17 June 2019) quoted Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry as saying that he had slapped journalist Sami Ibrahim because institutions were not doing their job. Further, the minister stated that he had taken his complaints to PEMRA as well as FIA, but that these authorities had not taken heed.

On “relu-kattay”

According to Daily Jang (17 June 2019), PM Imran Khan’s advice to cricket captain Sarfaraz Ahmed for the match with India had included that “relu-kattay” be left aside in favour of a reliance on specialist batsmen and bowlers.


CM Punjab Usman Buzdar was quoted by Daily Dunya (18 June 2019) as saying that there was no room for corruption or corrupt elements in Naya Pakistan. Further, he stated that the former rulers were today reaping what they had themselves sown.

Updated assessment from Maryam

PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz, according to Daily Dunya (19 June 2019), expressed her view that PM Imran Khan was not just Na-Laiq-e-Azam but also Fascist-e-Azam.


Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed was quoted by Daily Jang (20 June 2019) as saying that people were neither happy with the governing dispensation, nor did they hate it (loog hum se khush nahin, leykin nafrat bhee nahin kartay).


The PML-N’s Khwaja Asif, according to Daily Express (22 June 2019), stated that when his party and the opposition spoke of reconciliation, the government saw it as a request for another NRO.

On sugar woes

Jahangir Tareen was quoted by Daily Express (22 June 2019) as saying that the people would have to bear with the tax on sugar for a while, since the taxes on these items were imposed in order to meet the tax targets of the government. He further noted that he himself had a sugar business and so he felt it was not appropriate for him to comment on the issue.

Hot and cold?

Khurshid Shah of the PPP, according to Daily Express (23 June 2019), said that PM Imran Khan would have to contact the opposition himself about a Charter of Economy, because on the one hand the government spoke of such a charter and on the other hand accused the opposition of seeking NRO.