Dr Farid A Malik

  • TAfter the breakup of the mighty Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) on December 26, 1991 politics of the left suffered a serious setback. Centrist parties emerged with flavours of both left and right. Instead of ideology, focus shifted on economic growth. Privatisation, Globalisation, ...

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  • TDuring his speech in 1966, President John F. Kennedy quoted a Chinese curse, ‘May you live in interesting times’. He talked about the challenges faced by the democracies of the world; little did he know that in the emancipated 21 century democracy would also be monopolised. The ...

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  • TMonitoring has proven to be the most effective tool of modern management. In performance reviews past events are discussed, real time corrective action is not possible with the help of Information Technology (IT), Management Information Systems (MIS) have been upgraded to radically improve the ...

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  • TChina and Pakistan are ‘Iron Brothers’ who have been working together for mutual gains. While the People’s Republic is poised to lead the world, the Islamic Republic seriously is lagging behind. So far the exchange has been in technology transfer and trade which is not enough, an ...

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  • TIn a world driven by technology, change is the only permanent feature. The government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) under the leadership of Kaptaan is currently bracing for change. It is certainly a big mess. As a nation we have been regressing for the last forty years (1977 to 2017). ...

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  • TAfter forty years (1977 – 2017) of chaotic, mismanagement Pakistan needs out of the box solutions to restore order and move forward. In a functional system standard operating procedures (SOPs) are followed by individuals who work 9AM to 5PM, in a situation of collapse 5AM to 9PM people are ...

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  • TLast week a friend asked an interesting question, “Will PTI be able to organise itself as a political party like PML-N?” Coming from a learned individual who has both administrative and political background I was taken aback, in answer, I posed a counter question “Is PML-N a ...

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  • TThe first martial law of October 1958 changed Pakistan forever, till that time the country had no debt. People and their government lived within their means. Amongst several other debacles perhaps going to IMF (International Monetary Fund) was the deadliest. Since then the proverbial ...

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  • TFor Pakistan, the choices are limited; it is either adherence to the constitution or face a bloody revolution. The 20th century was shaped by three major uprisings (Bolshevik 1917, Chinese 1949, Iranian 1979). While the Soviet Union collapsed after 77 years yet the comrades gather every year at the ...

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  • TBehind the Great Wall of China a ‘People’s Republic’ is emerging as the next super power of the world. Every visit presents an experience in development that exposes the limitations of our retrogressive colonial state. It is an organized collective effort at self, mutual and ...

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  • TWith a population of over 190 Million people, Pakistan has hardly any servants. It is indeed a sad state of affairs; no one to serve the motherland. From the choked, overflowing gutters to the paper stuffed secretariats nothing moves. There are no common agendas, everyone for himself waiting to ...

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  • TPakistan has run out of cash. The state is bankrupt which is bad news, but the good news is that Donald Trump the President of the lone super power of the world had declared bankruptcy four times. In the capitalist world it happens all the time. If you are unable to pay you have to protect yourself ...

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  • T‘Old habits die hard’ is an age old saying. Adult changes are almost impossible as it involves a lot of unlearning. If Kaptaan is able to deliver new trends with the help of the old it will be a major breakthrough and the first known case in human history. That is why revolutions happen ...

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  • TRecently Sir Maurice James who was British High Commissioner in Pakistan during the sixties has published his book titled ‘Pakistan Chronicle’. Based on his personal interactions, he has highlighted his impressions of the leadership, for Ayub Khan he used the word ...

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  • TOn August 14, 1947, a new nation was born with Quaid-e-Azam as its Governor General and Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan as the Prime Minister (PM). With almost nothing to start with the ‘Pundits’ had predicted a collapse after six months, but they were proven wrong. With Karachi as its ...

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  • TOn Sept 14, 2018 Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan addressed the bureaucracy in Islamabad. For their support in implementing his reforms agenda, he pledged protection. According to Kaptaan, till the decade of sixties the bureaucrats performed well. The decline has to be reversed. Kaptaan is the 22nd ...

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  • TAfter a very impressive speech in the inaugural session of the National Assembly, Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) referred to Imran Khan as Prime Minister-Select (PM-S) and not ‘Elect’(PM-E). PPP like Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) is a real political party not conceived ...

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  • TAfter the passage of the unanimous constitution in 1973, perhaps devolution of power where it belongs is the biggest constitutional challenge faced by the nation. It involves dismantling of the centuries old colonial system of governance based on control not service to the masses. Facilitation of ...

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  • TOn September 04, 2018, Dr. Arif Alvi was elected President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. According to Aitzaz Ahsan he is the 9th head of state as the four usurpers do not qualify. Dr. Alvi started his political activism against Ayub Khan the first Khaki dictator. Karachi the founding and ...

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  • TSince late 1980s, Pakistan has availed 12 IMF bail-out packages with disastrous results. Now a 13th package is being considered as external debt has spiralled to $92 billion. To ease the pressure of payments, the government plans to borrow $11.6 billion in 2018-19. According to Dr. Ishrat Hussain, ...

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  • TCelebrated the independence day at Thar which happens to be one of the largest single deposit of coal in the world (175 billion tons). It was a dream come true when I touched this black gold located at the bottom of the largest open pit mine of Pakistan (600 x 200 meters). Discovered in 1992 by a ...

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  • TMy great friend Tariq Bucha (Late), was President Farmer’s Association of Pakistan and also headed the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee (ARDC) of PTI together with Dr. Muhammad Shafique the expert on irrigation and water resources. A comprehensive policy paper had been prepared by ...

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  • TI have the honour and privilege of voting in all national elections since 1977. During my study period in USA, my father the Tehrik-e-Pakistan Gold Medallist ensured that my name was included in the voters list. He then collected the polling station details instructing me to plan my trip ...

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  • TBoth dominant political entities, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) and Pakistan People’s party (Bhutto) have been cut down to size. PPP was formed by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in 1967 at Lahore to challenge the establishment strangle hold while PML(N) came into existence in the eighties to neutralize ...

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  • TBilawal Bhutto Zardari (BBZ) is leading the election campaign of the party formed by his grandfather Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (ZAB), the elected Prime Minister (PM) of the country. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) was the first real political outfit of the sole Islamic Democracy of the world of its ...

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  • TWhy Kaptaan? The answer is ‘Naya pakistan’. As Prime Minister (PM) he will have to deliver on his promise otherwise he will not only lose his popularity but also his office. It is not a small undertaking. Kaptaan is inspired by ‘Riyasat-e-Madina’ the first welfare state of ...

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  • TFrom 1977 to 2013 my mandate has been stolen ten times with two fake referendums for a total and tally of twelve detours. The people of Pakistan are at the edge, another manipulated electoral exercise in 2018 will result in serious street protest. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) the first truly elected ...

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  • TAmongst the elected Prime Minister’s (PM) of the country, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto is rated in league with the first and fifth (Liaquat Ali, Hussain Shaheed Suharwardy). He set very high standards of governance with immaculate paper work. Files were kept moving with his personal noting; ...

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  • TArticle -6 – High Treason 6 – 1: Any person who abrogates or subverts or suspends or holds in abeyance, or attempts or conspires to abrogate or subvert or suspend or hold in abeyance, the constitution by use of force or show of force or by any other unconstitutional means shall be ...

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  • T‘Khooti Rahi Bur Thalay’ means “the donkey remained under the tree.” the first time I heard this Punjabi proverb was in a meeting of Karkunan Tehreek-e-Pakistan, this was a group of old boys of the Pakistan Movement led by Nawab Zulfiqar Mamdot, my father Nazir A. Malik was ...

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