Azam Khalil

  • TA vast majority of the people in the country now believe that Pakistani Prime Minister, Mian Nawaz Sharif and his government have miscalculated the intentions of the TTP and that their penchant for negotiations is only a facade and nothing more. The recent claim of the Taliban regarding the killing ...

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  • T“All sorrows are bearable, if there is bread.” –Cervantes The entire leadership of MQM has leveled serious charges on the Karachi police after the recent events involving MQM cadres. Amongst the charges is that the Karachi police collects Rs 22 crore per month and the targeted ...

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  • T“There is only one step from the sublime to the ridiculous.”–Napoleon The present government in an effort to achieve peace with the banned TTP outfit seems to bend over backwards. To show their seriousness they nominated four members of a negotiating team, all known sympathizers ...

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  • T“Falsehoods not only disagree with truths, but usually quarrel among themselves.”–Daniel Webster “Art hath an enemy called ignorance.”–Ben Johnson A controversy has erupted in Pakistan and amongst the international community of art lovers after Chief Minister of ...

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  • T“My prayer to God is a very short one ‘Oh Lord, make my enemies ridiculous!’ God has granted it.”–Voltaire They have no rules, they do not believe in the constitution of the country and every faction of the Taliban has its own interpretation of the Holy Quran. In these ...

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  • T“I grow daily to honor facts more and more, and theory less and less.”–Carlyle They are two different political parties with distinct ideologies; their leaders spare no chance to get at one another. Yet when it comes to local government elections, strangely enough both Mr Asif Ali ...

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  • T“The object of oratory is not truth, but persuasion.”–Macaulay “A little rebellion now and then . . . is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.”–Jefferson MQM always had an image problem. Most of the negative image carried by MQM was due to its ...

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  • T“There are no crown-bearers in heaven who were not cross-bearers here below.”–Spurgeon While the debate is raging over Musharraf’s treason trial, the constitution is absolutely clear on the subject but still many complex questions keep cropping up. The worrying thing is that ...

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  • T“Superiority is always detested.”–Baltasar Gracian They call themselves blue blooded bureaucrats. Some of them believe they were born to rule this country. A majority of Pakistan’s civil bureaucracy is at best mediocre with several goofs holding important positions. This ...

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  • T“Tis strange – but true; for truth is always strange. Stranger than fiction.”–Byron Since Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan is increasingly becoming known for making absurd statements, nobody took him seriously when he said that there was a ...

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  • T“There are but two ways of rising in the world: either by one’s own industry or profiting by the foolishness of others.”                     -La Bruyere State elections in four Indian states which ...

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  • T“Written laws are like spiders’ webs, and will like them only entangle and hold the poor and weak, while the rich and powerful will easily break through them.”–Anacharsis Successive governments in Pakistan have announced that once they settle down in power their number one ...

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  • T“I recommend you to take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.”–Chesterfield Chief of the Tehreek-e-Insaf Mr Imran Khan was never known for prudence or pragmatism. He always relishes in clichés and therefore has failed to chart a coherent domestic ...

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  • T“Treachery, though at first very cautious, in the end betrays itself.”–Livy The decision of the government to set up a special court for the trial of former dictator Pervez Musharraf, in a high treason case will become a moment of truth not only for the army generals but also for ...

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  • T“Those who never retract their opinions love themselves more than they love truth.”–Joubert “No one is exempt from talking nonsense; the misfortune is to do it solemnly.”–Montaigne The entire country has been enveloped in a useless debate about who is a martyr ...

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  • T“Murder most foul, as in the best it is; but this most foul, strange and unnatural.”–Shakespeare Shrill voices can be heard all over Pakistan after the death of Hakimullah Mehsud, the Taliban Chief killed in a drone attack. These voices are creating more chaos and confusion ...

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  • T“They serve God well, who serve his creatures.”–Caroline Norton The concept of local government election is to provide a sense of participation to the people of the country by delegating powers at the grass roots level. This decentralization then ensures that most of the issues ...

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  • T“I have discovered the art of deceiving diplomats. I speak the truth and they never believe me.” -         Di CavourThe Americans may have failed in international diplomacy not because they lack the shrewdness that is required but because of ...

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  • T“Friends are like melons. Shall I tell you why? To find one good, you must a hundred try.”                    –Claude Mermet Policy makers in Pakistan may not like to admit that ...

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  • T“Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.”–Harry Emerson It seems that many Pakistanis have no conviction that democracy has come to stay and that the present day political scene will not allow any more experiments in ...

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  • T“Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.”                   - TacitusThe writing is on the wall. The UPA coalition government in India is in no position to negotiate on any issue with ...

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  • T“The only cure for grief is action.”–G. H. Lewes The Pakistani nation is facing a serious dilemma in its effort in the war against terrorism and extremism. While the All Parties Conference authorized the government to deal with this twin menace according to the situation and ...

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  • T“The devil loves nothing better than the  intolerance of men.”             –Lowell The night riders of Islam, various groups of militants commonly defined as Taliban have shown their true colors by targeting senior ...

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  • T“The less men think; the more they talk.”–Montesquieu Trumpets are blowing all around after a resolution was adopted by the All Parties Conference that agreed to hold talks with Taliban militants. The resolution also advised the government not to follow the guidelines provided by ...

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  • T“What distinguishes war is, not that man is slain, but that he is slain, spoiled, crushed by the cruelty, the injustice, the treachery, the murderous hand of man.”–William Ellery Channing The American administration is once again flexing its muscles against another Muslim country, ...

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  • T“Treachery, though at first very cautious, in the end betrays itself.”– Livy It is unfortunate that the latest anti-Pakistan frenzy being whipped by India’s media, backed by its intelligence agency RAW and rightwing Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), is to pressurise Prime ...

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  • T“I know not whether laws be right,Or whether laws be wrong;All that we know who lie in gaolIs that the wall is strong.”– WildeRegrettably, it seems that the security of jails in Pakistan is not strong enough to resist an attack mounted by militants, who appear to be more focused ...

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  • T“Hateful to me as are the gates of hell, is he who, hiding one thing in his heart, utters another.”–Homer The Indian government appears to be moving towards early elections, depriving the opposition parties, especially Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), enough time and space to mount a ...

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  • T“While democracy must have its organisation and controls, its vital breath is individual liberty.”– Charles Evans Hughes Pakistan is a unique country, since it has a vast potential of human workforce along with rich natural resources. But it is unfortunate that this potential has ...

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  • T“All authority belongs to the people.”– Jefferson It is unfortunate that the military has once again deposed a democratically-elected government in Egypt. Different reasons are being presented for this illegal activity. Also, its Chief Justice Adly Mansour, whose prime ...

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