For those of you having withdrawal symptoms because there has not been much to report on from inside the media houses the last few days, apologies, but that's how the news cycle goes. Despite what Geo would have you believe, breaking news does not happen every hour.
For those who can't wake up without their daily fix of news about Sultan Lakhani's Express Tribune: this is what I'm hearing from within. The paper is getting ready to launch early next month, either on April 7 (a Wednesday) or April 11 (a Sunday). Generally, new papers choose a weekday to launch but there is of course no hard and fast rule. Some people are still of the opinion that everything is not in place internally for a launch this soon but apparently the imported Polish designer has done a kick-ass job with the layout, which everyone seems to be very happy with.
Of the elements still lacking, Express Tribune has found attracting quality reporters a tad difficult and, as mentioned by some people in different comments, there is still some tension between some of the senior editorial staff who do not see eye to eye on administrative matters. The entire senior editorial staff was recently spotted at dinner at a Chinese restaurant this past week along with Bilal Lakhani (Sultan's son who has hands-on control of the paper) in what was apparently a team-building exercise. There is little doubt that the paper will launch with a bang. The only question is can the Lakhani's pull off and sustain a paper that gives the more established ones a run for their money?
In other news, sources claim that Jang Group's Mir Shakilur Rehman visited Raiwind for a tete a tete with Mian Nawaz Spanner-in-the-Works two days before the latter dropped his bombshell on the 18th Amendment. Why this meeting took place and what transpired during it, is up for speculation.