Farooq Hameed Khan

  • TGeneral Raheel Sharif’s 6th September speech is just what the nation wanted to hear from the civilian Sharif. Here is the General who looks into the Indians’ eyes and warns them that “if the enemy ever resorts to any misadventure, regardless of its size and scale, it will have to ...

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  • TAfter the Judicial Commission’s controversial verdict that negated the findings of main report, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has much to rejoice from the Election Tribunal’s (ET) judgments in the VIP constituencies of NAs 122, 125 and 154 as the ET gas verified PTI’s ...

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  • TAfter Altaf Hussain’s call for Indian and NATO intervention in Karachi, Pakistanis have no doubts that he is indeed an enemy of the state. The Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali rightly accused the MQM leader of waging war against the state. But Pakistanis wonder if the government is really ...

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  • TThe Judicial Commission’s eagerly awaited verdict turned out to be an anti-climax for Pakistanis in general, who were expecting the Honourable Commission to carry out a deep, meaningful and result oriented probe into allegations of widespread rigging, massive irregularities and lack of ...

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  • TThe message from the federal government including the security chiefs is getting louder and clearer. ‘The Karachi operation will neither slow down nor is there any turning back. While failure is certainly not an option, the operation will be taken to its logical conclusion irrespective of the ...

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  • TAsif Ali Zardari, our former President by default and co-chairperson of Pakistan People’s Party, finally left the country in the darkness of night for his safe and luxurious abode abroad. Having failed to muster political support in wake of his highly derogatory and uncalled outburst against ...

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  • TIn the very first television talk show, shortly after Declan Walsh’s story in New York Times (NYT) on the Axact degrees scandal, followed by the unprecedented and well-coordinated hype by our media, my reaction was spontaneous. I had no doubts then and still maintain that Axact was only an ...

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  • TIs Asif Zardari once again on a collision course with the security establishment? Does he fear that after the Rangers’ targeted action against criminal elements linked to the MQM it would be Sindh PPP’s turn for a surgical cleanup? Is he feeling the noose tightening around his ...

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  • TIs our top leadership still slave to the colonial mindset? Why has Islamabad not formally protested to UK authorities for allowing their citizen Altaf Hussain to incite hatred and revolt against Pakistan and its national security institutions? There could be no greater misfortune that our ruling ...

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  • TBy refusing to play the frontline role in the Saudi led coalition’s land offensive and by dismissing the ‘boots on ground’ scenario in Yemen, Pakistan acted as expected of a responsible nuclear power. It played the role of a fire extinguisher instead of adding fuel to the fire.By ...

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  • TIt maybe time for the House of Sharif to pay back the House of Saud, but Pakistanis are certainly not falling prey to Raiwind’s spin that there is a danger to Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity/existence or that the Holy cities of Mecca and Medina are under any form of threat. God ...

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  • TMost Pakistanis wonder why the all-weather and evergreen Dr Ishrat ul Ebad is so indispensable that he has remained firmly entrenched in the Governors House since 2002. Many governments changed with many Presidents and Prime Ministers changing guard, but the soft spoken and mild mannered Ishrat ul ...

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  • TIn my article titled, ‘Time to clean up Karachi’ published in The Nation on February 13, 2015, I had stated that the current situation in Karachi is unacceptable to the nation and cannot be allowed to continue in its present state. I had also stated that it is time for the federal ...

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  • TThe Chief Election Commissioner, Justice (retd) Fakhrudin G Ebrahim, over 85 years of age and popularly known as Fakhru Bhai, was too honest and weak to tackle the election mafia including rogue elements in his own organization in the May 2013 general elections. After his dismal failure to hold ...

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  • TThe Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has accepted Altaf Hussain’s apology over his derogatory remarks against PTI’s women workers in general, and party’s senior leader Ms Shireen Mazari in particular. Such uncalled for comments by MQM chief are condemnable and contrary to all norms ...

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  • TPresident Obama’s bear hug with Indian Prime Minister Modi must not have come as a surprise to the international community. It is typical of how compromises are made when there is a convergence of states’ interests. Obama had conveniently forgotten that Modi was, till 2013, banned to ...

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  • TPak- US relations in the past can be best compared to a roller coaster ride, with its sudden highs and lows and dangerous twists and turns. This strange relationship has seen mutual warmth when strategic interests of both countries converged like in the Afghan jihad against Soviet occupation forces ...

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  • TThere is no denying the fact that a military legal system is never the preferred option viz a viz the normal civilian judicial system in a democratic era. But in these extraordinary and most difficult times when the country faces an existential threat from determined terrorists and speedy anti ...

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  • TThe PML-N deserves full credit for facilitating Imran Khan’s Plan C and helping PTI achieve its objective of complete shutdown in Faisalabad. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif must thank Raiwind’s trusted loyalists from Faisalabad including former Punjab Law minister for another mini replay ...

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  • T All eyes are set on November 30th; Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s D-Day at D-square. Islamabad is quiet, a possible lull before the storm. But there is an air of uncertainty and anxiety over the unpredictable scenario that may emerge in the federal capital in the coming days. That Imran Khan is ...

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  • TAt the very outset let me state categorically that Pakistanis must condemn the irresponsible call towards violence, killings and ‘gherao jalao’ by veteran politician Sheikh Rashid during his fiery speech at Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf’s public meeting at Nankana Sahib the other ...

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  • TFrom the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahir ul Qadri’s changed tone and lack of aggression during the last few weeks or so of the inqilabi dharna, it was apparent that something unusual was cooking up. As his charged followers prepared for their 68th day in D- square, their leader ...

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  • TAfter more than three weeks of unprovoked Indian army aggression on the LOC and Sialkot working boundary, the Indian Prime minister Modi has reconfirmed his anti muslim and anti Pakistan credentials. It is now abundantly clear that Modi the hardliner hindu extremist seems determined to follow ...

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  • TThe Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) completed a hat trick with a mammoth public meeting at the historic Minar-e-Pakistan on September 28th. If the PTI emerged as a major political force after its debut at this venue on October 30, 2011, its performance on September 28th put the seal firmly on a ...

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  • TWhile the world recently observed Democracy Day to promote democratic ideals and principles, Pakistan’s political elite must have reiterated their commitment to loot and plunder. If civilized democracies follow the vision of a government “of the people, by the people, for the ...

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  • TWe are masters in the art of making blunders, then creating and prolonging our own crises. If only the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) demand for recounting/ verification of ballot papers in four sample electoral constituencies had been timely met, the present situation could have been ...

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  • TAnalysts and commentators sitting in media talk shows in air conditioned studios who saw no more than a few thousand tired long  marchers should have gone to Islamabad to see for themselves the mammoth crowds of the Inqilab and Azadi marches.It was a memorable experience, witnessing the ...

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  • TGoing by their aggressive mood and hectic preparations, both Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Dr Tahir ul Qadri’s Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and their allies seem determined to march towards Islamabad. The top PAT and PTI leadership maintain that they are beyond the ...

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  • TThe senior PPP leader and deputy speaker of the Sindh assembly, Shehla Raza’s bold revelation about a ‘silent clause’ in the now annulled National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) not only caused serious ripples in the country, but also invited a stinging reaction from within her ...

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  • TAs the nation awaits its 68 th independence day, the  PML-N government gears up to meet what could turn out to be a serious challenge to its future from  Imran Khan’s ‘azadi’ and Dr Tahir ul Qadri’s ‘revolution’ marches in Islamabad. In a meeting with ...

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