Fahd Husain

  • TAs the last day of 2012, today has a bittersweet taste to it. Buckle up for a rollercoaster 2013. It’s gonna be one helluva ride.So as Pakistan gallops into yet another election year, it does so with an old nagging question returning to haunt us. Some thought the question had died and gone to ...

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  • T“Will all great Neptune’s ocean wash this bloodClean from my hand? No, this my hand will rather The multitudinous seas in incarnadine, Making the green one red.” – (Shakespeare, Macbeth) A great crimson tide is rising from the East, bathing this land of ours in the rich ...

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  • TThey come, they kill, they get killed. They come again, are mowed down, and return again to dance the dance of death.As they did in Peshawar airport on Saturday night. Like shadows in the dark of night, they approached the PAF base with stealth and cunning. Then they unleashed hell.When it was ...

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  • TWhen you are living in the most dangerous country in the world, you should be wary of your favourite adjectives. But then a journalist without an arsenal of lethal adjectives is like a Taliban without long oily hair.And so the saga of the Pakistan-based foreign correspondent starts. He or she ...

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  • TDon’t fix it if it ain’t broke. But that is exactly what the government is trying to do with the Higher Education Commission (HEC). Here’s what has happened: HEC is an autonomous body, which means it appoints its own leadership. Since its inception, it has been led by able, ...

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  • TThe FIA sent a notice to former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. Then all hell broke loose. In the end, Gilani got the President to visit him personally in Multan. And FIA got egg on its face.Here in this country, it pays to be a Gilani. He and his ilk float somewhere above the confines of law, ...

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  • TTrust us to miss the forest for the trees. The Supreme Court decision on the Asghar Khan case and the ensuing statements from the army and judicial chiefs have unleashed a firestorm in the country and ignited a debate without end. But it has also displayed something more alarming: a collective ...

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  • TIf you are waiting for a new and improved Pakistan, don’t hold your breath.For those among us who say the upcoming elections are a turning point in our short history, I say baloney. Better to be realistic than get excited over imagined tidings. Yes these elections are important, and yes it is ...

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  • TI could not capture the Pakistani imagination, so I captured the Pakistani State. And I love it.See, here I can have my cake and eat it too. If I don’t get the cake, the cake-maker gets to eat a knuckle sandwich. And trust me, that doesn’t taste too good.I own this place. I run this ...

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  • TDear Mr Khan, When people say you are a breath of fresh air in the suffocating Pakistani political environment, I do not disagree. When people say you can smash the moth-eaten status quo in this country of ours, I do not disagree. When people say you can vanquish the demigods perched on our Mount ...

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  • TLet’s get some things straight.Will Imran Khan peace march to South Waziristan, which ended in Tank, succeed in stopping drone attacks? No.Will the march bring immense relief to the victims of drone attacks and lead to a deluge of international support for them? No.Will Khan now be able to ...

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  • TAkhtar Mengal is wrong. Divorcing Balochistan is not an option. But Akhtar Mengal is right. Things remaining as they are, is not an option either. There is an urgent need to recognise the gravity of what is happening in Balochistan. Having done that, it is equally vital to put the situation in its ...

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  • TWe’ve got guided missiles and misguided leadership. It is Friday September 21, 2012. Pakistan is burning. There’s mayhem on the roads of major cities. The air is polluted with tear gas and punctuated with the rat-a-tat of gunfire. Enraged crowds are running amok, smashing windows, ...

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  • TSome lines are not meant to be crossed. If they are, pain ensues.US Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman huddled with General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani in Rawalpindi this weekend. He was accompanied by Special Assistant to President Obama on Afghanistan Douglas E. Lute. The details ...

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  • TRaisani should resign. And that’s a start. He goes by the title of the Chief Minister of Balochistan. But in reality, there is no Chief Minister in Balochistan. In fact, there is no one really incharge in Balochistan. It’s a free-for-all there.Ask the Hazaras. Yes, the same Hazaras who ...

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  • T“The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities’ rights.” – Ayn Rand When courage is lost, all is lost.The State that lords over Pakistan is fast losing courage. The governments of the day are ...

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  • T“Turning and turning in the widening gyreThe falcon cannot hear the falconer;Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhereThe ceremony of innocence is drowned;The best lack all conviction, while the worstAre ...

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  • TWe got sunk in swimming, run down in running, shot down in shooting and hammered in hockey. This then is the long and short of Pakistan’s Olympic dreams.So what else is new?For us, London 2012 was a microcosm of World 2012 – a grey, gloomy and dark place for a country which is ...

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  • TKhawaja Asif is an honourable man who has done a very dishonourable deed. Desperate measures in desperate times by desperate men usually end up badly. This is what has happened to the blistering but cringe-worthy attack on Imran Khan by the PML-N MNA from Sialkot. The allegations themselves will ...

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  • TWhen elephants fight, the grass always gets trampled. Well, almost always.The fight between the Supreme Court and the government seems like a fight without end. The term “fight”, however, implies a moral equivalence which many purists would decry here. This may be so, but a ...

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  • T KABUL – Fahd Husain - The young man took a deep swig from the Red Bull can, his eyes never leaving the road. With his left hand, he expertly swerved the steering wheel left and right as the Land Cruiser snarled its way through traffic like a panther on a hunt. The man next to him in front ...

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  • T"Elections are bought, not fought.” So says a politician currently occupying a high office. If that be true, buckle up for an electoral season brimming with cold cash and warm smiles. The nation is once again going to be taken for a rollicking ride.For the opposition parties, it’s time ...

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