Adnan Falak

  • TThe demise of General Hamid Gul roused rebuke from many members of civil society. In their eyes, General’s role in fostering Afghan Jihad, and later for extending “moral support” to the Taliban, made him a symbol of establishment’s defunct and discredited policy of proxy ...

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  • TBeggars can’t be choosers. The proverbial veracity manifested, when Pakistani government, on Yemeni issue, after wavering and cowering, seemed buckling under Saudi pressure. Neutrality in inter-Middle Eastern conflict is a wiser choice, and uncharacteristically our government seems to grasp ...

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  • TOur society’s prejudices, manifest themselves in all walks of life. Some of them have cost us dearly, frustrating our social, economic and political progress. Our prejudice for caste has stifled merit, our sectarian intolerance has polarized the society, our gender bias has confined half of ...

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  • T2014 has been one of the worst years for the agricultural sector in Pakistan. It witnessed floods, inundating swathes of croplands, culminating in a price crash of at least two major crops, and causing the loss of billions to the agricultural sector.Environmental changes, natural disasters, lack of ...

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  • TAmerican historian Henry Adams stated in his autobiography, “Modern politics is, at bottom, a struggle not of men but of forces. The men become every year more and more creatures of force... The conflict is no longer between the men, but between the motors that drive the men.” The ...

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  • TOn 15th March 2009, the PPP government in Islamabad braced for a showdown with the opposition groups, spearheaded by PML-N leader Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. To forestall the opposition’s long march towards Islamabad, the government blocked the main roads with containers, cracking down on ...

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  • TPakistan has one of the most ineffective and corrupt bureaucracies in the world. It doesn’t produce anything, other than lots of paper work, seldom carries out effective regulatory functions and is reactive (a characteristic of our overall political system). Be it law enforcement, tax ...

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  • TOnce again, the civilian military relationship in Pakistan is on the rocks. The newspaper columns and the TV studios are conjecturing the friction between the establishment and the elected government, while some venturing as far as to speculate the possibility of a repetition of the events of ...

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  • TIn the early days of electricity, a small farmer from Tennessee, United States, got up during a local church service, making this prayer: “The greatest thing on earth is to have the love of God in your heart, and the next greatest thing is to have electricity in your house.” And who ...

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  • TThe attack on Hamid Mir has stirred up a storm in the Pakistani media. In the initial salvos, Pakistan’s leading news channel Geo over stepped, coming out openly against Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency. This gun slinging in turn provoked a backlash, with many questioning, in ...

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  • TA few days ago, a national daily carried this story: a businessman from Karachi hasn’t visited his production facility for the last six months, because he was too afraid of getting kidnapped. According to the man, criminals are harassing factory owners, extorting money and hurling threats. As ...

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  • TTwenty eight kilometers from Larkana, are located the ruins of Mohenjodaro. The city was founded two millennia ago and is considered the greatest urban settlement of the Indus valley civilization. Spanning over 100 acres, the settlement was planned and laid out in linear blocks. Most houses were ...

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  • TAgainst all odds, when the Pakistani rupee appreciated in the forex market, it caught many of us by surprise. Some applauded the finance minister, declaring the feat nothing less than a miracle, while others especially the retired cadre of the foreign service, hinted at the great cost at which it ...

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  • TThe Lahore resolution laid out the blue print for Pakistan. It envisioned an independent homeland for Muslims, consisting of “independent states” of geographical contiguous areas with a Muslim majority. It also called for the provision of “adequate, effective and mandatory ...

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  • TIn 41 AD, as the last surviving member of the imperial family, Tiberius Claudius Drusus unexpectedly became the Emperor of Rome. He was not as bad as many of his successors, but like many emperors, he was fond of games and festivities. While he was busy holding gladiatorial contests and triumphs, ...

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  • TLast week, two news stories made interesting headlines. The first one involved the use of water cannons to disperse the peaceful demonstration of teachers gathered in front of the Sindh assembly demanding more worker’s rights. The teachers were beaten, huddled into police vehicles, and taken ...

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  • TToday, water is one of our most precious resources; one that is under immense pressure because of Indian withdrawals, environmental changes, demographic pressure and bad water management practices- all of which are threatening water availability which has dropped below critical levels, making ...

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  • TPicture this, it’s 2050 and Pakistan is now a county without water. The glaciers of Himalaya have melted, leaving our verdant and picturesque rivers bare and dry. The mighty Indus, once irrigating an expansive fertile plain, has now turned into a desert, shrinking our agricultural base, ...

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  • TLast week, a good friend passed away after battling with cancer for almost two years. The worst calamity, that can befall a person, is if he is diagnosed with cancer. It takes a real strength of character to face such an ailment. While cancer devours the patient from within, emotionally it ...

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  • TIn the art of problem solving, the first step is defining the problem in the right terms. A problem formulated wrongly never generates the right solution, as Albert Einstein noted, “The formulation of the problem is often more essential than its solution.” Today, this is our great ...

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  • TFyodor Dostoevsky writes in his novel The Brothers Karamazov, “Above all, don’t lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. ...

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  • TDemocracy has its vices and virtues. One of its greatest vice is its susceptiblity to demagoguery, a craft employed by men to tap into fears, hopes and emotions of others to win votes, as Greek dramatist Aristophanes said, “ [demagogues] are like the fishers for eels; in still waters they ...

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  • TA week ago, on a two day official trip, Turkish Prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited Pakistan. In his honour, Lahore and Islamabad were adorned with colourful banners and billboards, extolling Pak-Turkish friendship and celebrating Turkish success with slogans such as: “We are proud ...

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  • TThe arrest of a senior Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade in New York has soured the India-US relations, arousing a huge uproar in India. The incident has led to protests in New Delhi and in New York and Indian government has threatened to retaliate by revoking privileges to US diplomats posted in ...

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  • TOn Sunday, South Africa laid to rest its “greatest son.” Celebrities from over hundred countries descended upon South Africa, paying tribute to the great Nelson Mandela. Many of them eulogised Mandela, but most befitting tribute was the presence of multiracial congregation, embodying ...

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  • TDrones are one of the most discussed and controversial topics in our national discourse. In the face of incessant drones strikes and the helplessness of our ruling elite, we have accepted drones as a part of our day to day reality, a fact that is not going to change anytime soon. From the Oval ...

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  • TAfter the evening prayer at a local mosque in a small town of Punjab, I could not help but to overhear a chatter between a small group of seminary students. They were discussing how a local cleric had entered into Islam by embracing their sect. Upon an inquiry as to what makes a person Muslim, they ...

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  • TToday, Pakistan is in the grip of such a band of idealists called apologists, who defend militancy, favouring appeasement to a just retribution towards those who don’t cower or hesitate while targeting the innocent. Comprising of people from all walks of life, including prominent political ...

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  • TEleven years, after the commencement of a war in Afghanistan, we are very much in the eye of the storm, experiencing worst form of insurgency and terrorism, since secession of East Pakistan. The elements, we have nurtured and tolerated for decades, have turned into a monster, threatening the very ...

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  • TA sojourn, at a dusty roadside tea stall, in a small town of south Punjab, offered me an interesting opportunity to gauge local opinion about the upcoming elections. It has become a norm that whenever few Pakistanis get together, political corruption and economic mismanagement becomes the focal ...

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