Khurshid Akhtar Khan

  • TThe month of Ramazan is the ninth and the holiest month of the Islamic calendar. Every year, Muslims around the world from all the five continents unite in observing fast for each day of the whole month from day break (Fajr) to sunset (Maghrib). It is the month of blessings and spiritual cleaning. ...

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  • TThe history of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is riddled with treachery and conspiracies - a historic hallmark of all Muslim dynasties. While the rulers remain engaged in ensuring their personal survival, the people stay in an indifferent submissiveness. Our first Prime Minister, who had ...

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  • TThe first major document bearing the stamp of our new government was revealed on June 12 in the form of the annual budget. The incoming team appeared to have confined itself mainly to dot the i’s and cross the t’s of the statement of income and expenditure compiled by the budget ...

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  • TJoseph Stalin once said: “Political power does not rest with those who cast votes; political power rests with those who count votes.” Similar logic reverberated in President Asif Zardari’s declaration: “PPP was defeated (or marginalised) not by the people, but by ...

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  • TElection 2013 should have provided sufficient justification to cheer and celebrate to the Pakistani nation, starved of any good tidings for quite some time. The election process was hailed by the international media and the foreign election observers as reasonably fair and transparent – a ...

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  • TDespite the apprehensions of terrorism and insurgency, military takeovers, political upheavals and uncertainties during the last five years, democracy has survived in our country. Yesterday, May 11, 2013, 86.20 million registered voters had the option to freely exercise the right to cast their ...

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  • TThe election fever is on. Corner meetings are being held. Banners are being hoisted. The leaders of major political parties are most visible on television screens with their paid broadcasts. Some want another chance based on their past record; others with no previous experience are relying on ...

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  • TMario Puzo, in his bestseller novel, entitled “Godfather”, writes: “Behind every great fortune lies a crime.” Most early fortunes in the US were made by methods that could be called unethical, illegal and immoral. The sources of such ill-gotten fortunes could not be ...

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  • TDemocracy in Pakistan is like changing of socks. People keep choosing the same leaders. The leaders keep changing parties and positions for their own benefits, while the system remains unchanged. And so does the condition of the ordinary citizens.The same horses are in the run again in the general ...

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  • TIt has been quite a while since our country had an element of tranquillity. However, since the caretaker Prime Minister and Chief Ministers have been appointed, there is hope all around. A process of power transfer was initiated and has been completed almost gracefully. Confidence in the new setups ...

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  • TThe timing of the Joseph Colony incident in the Badami Bagh area of Lahore on March 9 could not have been worse for the PML-N. As the party was basking in the glory of the latest popularity polls, the outcry and the apportionment of blame on the Punjab government threatened to change the direction ...

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  • TLike most other things, our leaders have not been able to determine the kind of economic system that can optimise the potential of our people, raise the standard of their living and promote even distribution of wealth. The system we have adopted is capitalism, while our wishes and our thinking lean ...

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  • TDemocracy has been portrayed by our politicians as the cure for all evils. Nothing could be more fallacious than this. Democracy is just a system of governance of which parliamentary democracy is one form, inherited by us from the British Raj. On its own, it does not offer the solution for ...

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  • TThe status quo and conciliation policies, spearheaded by the PPP co-chair and our President, have been astonishingly successful in stretching the coalition rule to the full five-year term. The shrewd tactician has chosen to knit a mysterious web around him by making few public appearances and even ...

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  • TTo say that the last few weeks have been eventful will be an understatement. Explosive may be a more appropriate adjective to describe the turbulence that a series of unexpected turn of events has created in the status quo of our national politics. A determined protest by the families of 82 blast ...

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  • TThe spectacular return of Dr Tahirul Qadri to the national stage has added another dimension in the already polarized spectrum of Pakistani politics. The realignment of political forces seems to be traversing towards a disturbing course that has a potential of getting out of control. The articulate ...

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  • TPakistan has been a victim of political instability that has thrown the country into darkness (literal and metaphorical), severe recession, receding productivity, extreme polarisation and poor governance. The present government has survived by sharing the spoils of power, but has made no serious ...

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  • TPresident Asif Zardari and his spokespersons have unwaveringly been assuring that the Assemblies will complete their five-year terms and the elections will be held on time. Yet, unending speculations have all along been rife about the imminent army takeover, an interim government of technocrats ...

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  • T There are times once in a while when one is at a loss for words to describe the chaos that has engulfed all sections of our society. Not a day goes by when we are not confronted with some kind of controversy – a few significant, most trumped up, some even fabricated. All are casually put ...

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  • TThe other day, I read a brilliant article about the glass of water being half empty or half full. The same day, I came across a cartoon that read: “Dear optimist, pessimist and realist - while you guys were busy arguing about the glass of water, I drank I - The opportunist.” The quote ...

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  • TIndependence Day and the two Eids are the few happy occasions in the otherwise non-descript lives of our common folk. We set aside all our woes, exchange mubarakbads and pleasantries, renew lost contacts with friends and relatives, and share moments of laughter and joy. Before we return to our real ...

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  • TOnly the worst makes news in our country. Gruesome stories of domestic violence and sanctioned murders, natural calamities rendering countless people homeless, criminals, suicide bombers or insurgents performing daring acts of terrorism, juicy confrontation among institutions or political opponents ...

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  • TThe pride of the present government is passing legislations and the pride of our President is the political skill with which he has kept his coalition partners together and under his thumb. Neither of these accomplishments has, however, succeeded in arresting the rapid economic decline, ...

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  • TPakistan has been a victim of political instability that has thrown the country into darkness (literal and metaphorical), severe recession, receding productivity, extreme polarisation and poor governance. The present government has survived by sharing the spoils of power, but has made no serious ...

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  • TWe have a new Prime Minister elected with a tally of 211 votes as against 89 for the PML-N candidate. The transition is from someone who became tainted during his term of office to someone who is already tainted. Neither is a beacon of hope, nor of inspiration. Those in power are rejoicing, others ...

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  • TNot a day goes by when some scandal or the other does not appear in the national news that shocks the average citizen of our wonderland. Many of them are of such a magnitude, for which governments would topple or heads of important individuals would roll in any civilised country and a few lessons ...

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  • TPolitics is hardly ever free from shades of grey. In Pakistan, it is downright dirty. The verbal assaults, character assassinations, mutual disrespect, loot and plunder and violence have come to be considered by the public as norm rather than exception. The competition is who can shout louder and ...

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  • TWe have been a virtual satellite of the Americans since 1950, when Liaquat Ali Khan, our first Prime Minister, exercised his choice to align with the United States of America that was leading the capitalist world over the Soviet-led Communist Bloc. We generated an uncalled for hostility with almost ...

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  • T1947 was a turbulent year that witnessed mass exodus of millions of people, who left generations of loved ones and their worldly material possessions behind to re-establish homes in a land they had never seen before. Innumerable faced grave atrocities on the way and hundreds of thousands failed to ...

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  • TThe spring of content has set in. The Senate elections sailed through like a breeze by the courtesy of a friendly ‘reconciliation’ policy, commonly known as muc muca - the happiest buzzword for politicians that are in the game with a slice of the action and a menace for those sitting ...

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