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


Daily Express (30 October 2017) quoted PPP leaders as suggesting that much like Musharraf, Imran Khan’s team was also corrupt “tareen” (to the core).

A done deal

Sheikh Rasheed, according to Daily Express (30 October 2017) stated that 60 members of Parliament from the PML-N were willing to resign, and that he had the list in his pocket.

No Saudi NRO

The leader of the opposition in the Punjab Assembly, PTI’s Mian Mehmood ur Rasheed, according to Daily Nawa-i-Waqt (30 October 2017) expressed his view that world powers including Saudi Arabia had refused to back Nawaz Sharif, and that he was not going to get an NRO from anywhere. He went on to speculate that the Saudis might have been angered by Sharif’s return from exile after just 7 years, which they might have seen as a breach of their understanding with Pervez Musharraf.

Kites strike again

Daily Nawa-i-Waqt (30 October 2017) reported that while police were busy with securing the cricket match in Lahore, people were free to indulge in the killer sport (qaatil khel) of kite-flying.

Siraj-ul-Haq vs. the global establishment

The Jamaat-e-Islami’s Siraj-ul-Haq was quoted by Daily Nawa-i-Waqt (30 October 2017) as saying that Nawaz Sharif’s politics was at an end, and that the time was near for holding other representatives of the international establishment to account.

Wild Wild West in Sheikhupura?

According to Daily Nawa-i-Waqt (01 November 2017), the number of absconders from justice in the Sheikhupura district had reached 2,950 due to a lack of effective measures by the authorities to bring them into custody.

Watch out!

The Chairman of the Sunni Ittehad Council Pakistan, Sahibzada Hamid Raza, was quoted by Daily Nawa-i-Waqt (02 November 2017) as saying that if a ‘minus one’ were to be prevented, a “minus all” situation arise. He went on to say that the time for a stringent and awe-inspiring process of accountability (sakht aur khauf-naak ehtesab) had come. He further opined that the process of accountability was necessary before elections and that if the disqualified former Prime Minister did not end his policy of colliding with the state (riyasat se takraanay ki policy), there could be a ‘quick march’ before March.

Imran’s view

Daily Nawa-i-Waqt (02 November 2017) quoted PTI chief Imran Khan as saying that Nawaz Sharif had won the 2013 elections in collaboration with the military, and that now the PML-N would break within 2 months.

They Who Must Not Be Named

Former PM Nawaz Sharif, according to Daily Jang (04 November 2017), expressed his opinion that Zardari was hurling invective at him (gaaliaan de raha hai) in order to please someone (kisi ko khush karnay ke liay).

Sick and tired

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, according to Daily Dunya (05 November 2017), expressed her opinion that all Pakistan is tired of Imran Khan’s lies. She suggested that one could pray for him to get some sort of guidance from God.

Khan’s optimism

According to Daily Jang (05 November 2017), PTI chief Imran Khan stated that change (tabdeeli) was coming in 2018 and that the people will forget even Bhutto’s victory.