Nadeem M Qureshi

  • For people who claim to represent Islam their ignorance of the Quran is telling. It seems that they do not know that the Book they claim to follow says clearly: ‘Whoever kills a single (innocent) human soul it is as though he has killed all of humanity.’ The language is unambiguous. It ...

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  • Pakistan’s power assets are on sale. The privatisation minister and his entourage took their road show to Washington DC last week. The list of companies up for sale as reported in the press (The Nation 10 October 2015) includes almost the entire power generation and distribution ...

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  • The relationship between the United States of America and Pakistan is not monolithic. It consists of three distinct strands each of which has to be assessed separately. These are: The relationship with Pakistan’s military, its civil and political establishment and finally its people.The most ...

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  • Democracy has not delivered. There was rejoicing as the first civilian transfer of power took place after the 2013 elections. But it has been downhill since then. The poor have seen no relief. For them life gets more and more unbearable by the day. There is talk, even hope, of a military takeover ...

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  • One of the biggest problems young people face in Pakistan today is finding a job. There are millions of young people looking for jobs. Many have been jobless for years after completing their education. And colleges and universities churn out more graduates every year only a small fraction of whom ...

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  • Pakistan is often characterized these days as a ‘water scarce’ country. But is this really true? Or are there other factors at work which have led to the illusion of scarcity? This is a case where the numbers tell the story. And there will be plenty to come. So be warned.But first some ...

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  • People who are ready to take their own lives are very difficult to stop. This lesson was reinforced last week by the suicide attack on a Shia masjid in Peshawar that killed 20 people and injured dozens more. Clearly any successful attempt to fight suicidal terror must keep this bitter reality in ...

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  • Democracy is incompatible with Islam. This is a claim that is made these days by many inveterate followers of the religion. Some of them are young people who, disillusioned by the fruits of democracy, take to social media to voice their support for an Islamic system of government. Some are ...

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  • This is the dilemma facing our government. The companies that it owns include such icons as Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Pakistan State Oil (PSO), Oil and Gas Development Corporation (OGDC) and many others which operate in industries ranging from steel to tourism.Some of these companies ...

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  • When we look at what is wrong in Pakistan today, we see multiple manifestations of failure - symptoms of a failing or failed state: insurgency and military conflict, unchecked terrorist attacks, killings and abductions of civilians, unemployment, hopelessness, desperation, suicides, and a shocking ...

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  • Centuries before the advent of Islam, the Arabian peninsula was home to tribes of impoverished Bedouins. Here, in the harsh, endless desert, they had no material possessions of any value. What they owned could be wrapped up and placed on the backs of their camels. But they did not think ...

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  • It happens every year. With the advent of winter, a blanket of fog descends over northern Pakistan. Visibility at airports in the region drops below the level needed for flights to operate. There are delays and flight cancellations. Passengers suffer. Workers returning to jobs in the Middle East ...

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  • For Pakistan, it has been a long slow descent into hell. The brutal, mindless mass murder of 133 children at a school in Peshawar on 16 December confirms, if nothing else, that we have arrived. Much has been written and said over the past few days about the depravity and inhumanity of the ...

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  • Pakistan faces many threats which seem at times to threaten its existence. Terrorism, religious intolerance, and sectarian violence are routinely featured in the media. But there is another threat, somewhat mundane in nature so it does not catch the public’s attention. Yet the reality is that ...

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  • Pakistan has suffered since its inception from a lack of political stability.  Democracy has not taken root. In the past, military and civilian governments have played a game of musical chairs with the nation's destiny.  The first ever handover of power from one democratic government to ...

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  • The present Constitution of Pakistan was ratified in August 1973. In the years that have passed since then, it has suffered much abuse. That it remains today, mutilated as it is, the law of the land is due to the legitimacy of the parliament which ratified it. This parliament was the result of ...

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  • Youth unemployment rates in the eurozone countries are at historic highs. In Greece 60 per cent of young people under 25 are unemployed. The corresponding number in Spain is 55 per cent and in Italy 40 per cent. Here in Pakistan there are no reliable statistics by which to gauge youth unemployment. ...

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  • Whenever there are elections, some of the people who get elected and sit in Pakistan’s assemblies do not deserve to be there. They tend to be, in the rural areas, feudal landlords or the descendants of long deceased holy men called peers. And in the cities they are usually neighbourhood ...

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  • Why Pakistani cities should go ‘horizontal’, not ‘vertical’ Sooner or later Pakistan has to answer an important question: How do we design and build our cities? The question is important for two reasons. First, our population is growing at an approximate rate of 1.6% per ...

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