Mowahid Hussain Shah

  • T It was often said that Pakistan’s most formidable newsman, Majid Nizami, as editor in chief of the Nawa-i-Waqt Group of Papers, wielded more influence than the temporary inhabitants of the Presidency. Insiders called him the ‘Don.’ And like the Don—the European river ...

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  • TMowahid Hussain Shah  -  The unilateral move by Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel exposes the collective failure of Muslim elites to forge unity of purpose.  It augments agenda-driven orchestration of hostility toward Muslims.  This accelerating climate of ...

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  • TWritten a lot has been what Dina Jinnah was.  So let’s take a look at what she was not. She was not a crass opportunist; she was not a power-grabber; she was not an exploiter of her father’s political inheritance; she did not seek the limelight, nor did she employ a PR team ...

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  • TIt was often said that Pakistan’s most formidable newsman, Majid Nizami, as editor in chief of the Nawa-i-Waqt Group of Papers, wielded more influence than the temporary inhabitants of the Presidency. Insiders called him the ‘Don.’ And like the Don—the European river also ...

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  • TTerminology is seldom neutral or innocent. In a polarized environment, it is heavy with agenda and rife with hidden meaning. The term “Judeo-Christian heritage” has come into fashionable usage in the West as if it is inseparable from core European values. It connotes an exclusivist ...

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  • T50 years ago, in February 1964, a typhoon struck America in the shape of a new world heavyweight boxing champion. After winning the crown, the champion changed his name to Muhammad Ali. The name change was hard to digest – even among prominent blacks, including former world heavyweight ...

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  • TLittle attention is paid to the disconnect and degeneration that infests all sectors of society and polity – the dictatorship of the super rich. Even elements of the Establishment grovel on bended knee, eager to refill the hookah of the affluent. “Affluenza” is all over. It was ...

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  • T150 years ago in 1864 – during the peak of the American Civil War when Abraham Lincoln was the 16th US President, just a year away from being assassinated in Washington – Charles Forman, a Kentucky-born Presbyterian minister and missionary, established Forman Christian College (now a ...

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  • TChristmas in Washington – apart from the usual shopping frenzy hyped by the media and driven by herd mentality – saw the release of the autobiographical movie, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.” Imprisoned for 27 years – 18 years in the stark seclusion of Robben Island, ...

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  • TAbdul Quader Molla’s hanging in Dacca demonstrates that the demons of 1971 have yet to be exorcised. The common refrain is the West inflicted Nazi-like carnage on the East. But it overlooks the largely unseen dark side of the brutality inflicted on hapless West Pakistanis in East Pakistan. No ...

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  • T50 years after the killing of President Kennedy, controversy continues to blaze on. The officially constituted Warren Commission concluded that the assassination was the solo act of a lone gunman, Lee Harvey Oswald. But most Americans dismiss that as implausible fiction, especially so, when Oswald ...

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  • TDarkness in the mind has no frontiers. Paranoia and xenophobia are equally prevalent in the ‘modern’ West as well as in the ‘medieval’ East. Never underestimate the capacity of humans to behave badly. Technology has not been accompanied with greater enlightenment, nor has ...

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  • TOn a sublime Saturday evening in the Washington area, called “DC” by Washingtonians, I was asked to give a keynote talk hosted by a newly formed group, The Discussion Forum. Its facilitator is the energetic Jamal Baluch, and the colloquium is ably moderated by Dr Zulfiqar Kazmi, an ...

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  • TThe only certainty in long-term projections, as tersely stated by John Maynard Keynes 90 years ago, is that “in the long run we are all dead.”This, too, was acknowledged in the just published report of the Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations, encaptioned “Now for the ...

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  • TThe present sometimes can be intruded upon and interrupted by the past in unexpected ways. A recent visit to the oceanfront resort town of Myrtle Beach in South Carolina – about an 8-hour drive south of Washington, DC – provided fresh evidence. With its 97 golf courses, it is a renowned ...

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  • TPost-9/11, the emphasis has been to profile brown suspects.  Those with Muslim roots were viewed more likely to commit terror on US soil.Yet, much of the mayhem done in American mass shootings has been inflicted by white perpetrators.  The September 16 atrocity at the Washington Naval ...

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  • TThe same group of people who brought devastation to Iraq is now beating the war drums over Syria.  Discussions are dominated by the alleged use of nerve gas by Syria’s Bashar al-Assad’s regime. But that is not the full picture. The mood is ambivalent and there are multiple ...

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  • TThis August marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King made his seminal “I have a dream” civil rights movement speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. Two interesting movies connected with the issue of race relations are also available for ...

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  • TObama is a smart guy. But smart guys are sometimes too smart and, in their over-smartness, take unwise decisions. Afghanistan was the mess left behind by the preceding Bush administration, which Obama inherited when he took over the White House in January 2009. Obama and his policy experts then ...

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  • TFour years ago, on June 4, 2009, President Barack Hussein Obama went to speak at Cairo University, where he pledged, to tumultuous applause, to tackle the Palestinian problem and to contest the widening spread of Islamophobia. That was leadership in action. Four years later, when the Egyptian ...

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  • TThe other day, Shahid Mahmood, former Pakistan test cricketer and a pioneer in community activism in the tri-state region of the northeast corridor of United States, sent an email vividly illustrated with graphics depicting the Muslim world at a standstill, mired in sloganeering, while the rest of ...

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  • TAmidst the ripple of change, there is a considerable body of water that remains still. Still waters are prone to stagnation. So the phenomenon of change without change continues. The craven awe of power and its naked pursuit explains the stench of stale sameness. The toady pattern of sniffing ...

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  • TPolitics in Pakistan has oscillated between the gallows and the throne.In 1971, Bengali leader Mujib, while held in custody, faced the possibility of execution from the West Pakistan establishment. In February 1974, the same establishment saluted Mujib when he arrived to attend the Islamic Summit ...

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  • TBoth the Western World and the Muslim World are reaping the bitter harvest of bad policies, wrong priorities and inept pilots at the helm. My elder brother, Mujahid Syed, always told me that, in his lifetime experience, those who are overly cautious often get entrapped in the quagmire of their own ...

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  • TSo, pivotal Punjab largely stuck with continuity of the traditional voting pattern, choosing it over the novelty of change. Expectations and momentum of change were shifted and stalled by three self-imposed hiccups: the perceived specter of buzzards riding the horse of change; dragged out and ...

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  • TI once asked the offspring of a Pakistani Prime Minister - one dismissed by the President - whether the family had seen it coming.“No” was the reply, which then elaborated that a wall slowly encloses and insulates the powerful from outside happenings. This is the wall built by courtiers ...

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  • TMoral slump is a pervasive pre-election perception, as battle for the ballot boxes loom ahead. The makeup of democracy comes with a big price. One manifestation of it is in the corridors of power, which are flooded with bogus credentials. What takes a young man or woman years of hard work to attain ...

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  • TTen years ago, shortly after the Western forces invaded Iraq, President Bush on May 1, 2003, spoke with a banner behind him proudly proclaiming “Mission Accomplished”. When the Zardari regime completed its five-year term, TIME hailed it with the banner headline, “A Giant Leap for ...

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  • TDrone strikes are beginning to spark debate in Washington. Senator Rand Paul delayed the induction of the new CIA chief, John Brennan, by giving a 13-hour marathon speech questioning the usage of drones. Most recent was a discussion before an overflow audience at Brookings, a leading Washington ...

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  • TYou don’t humiliate. That sows the seeds of continuing conflict. World War I led to World War II. A desire of the Allied Powers, particularly the French, to humiliate the Germans through the harsh imposition of the 1919 Treaty of Versailles bred revanchism. The mix of fury and frustration was ...

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