S Tariq

  • TFew weeks ago, a former colleague, who retired a long time ago and was known to be subsisting with difficulty on his pension alone, visited me in the Federal Capital. I found him looking healthier and happier than I had last seen him, the reason for which, he said with a smile - was chickens. It ...

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  • TThose lamenting that nothing significant has been accomplished by the PTI Government in the ridiculously short period of one hundred days, should now carry out a reality check - for one of the most momentous and daring steps in our politico-strategic history has been taken this week by the Prime ...

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  • TThere are occasions, when people who ‘wield the pen’ are afflicted with the dreaded phenomenon called ‘writer’s block’. This is what happened to yours truly last week. People from my line of work cannot afford to snooze, while commuting to office or travelling beyond ...

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  • TThe last few weeks have been a period of momentous events, which bode well for what appears to be a transformation towards a different Pakistan than the one we have been used to, since more than seven decades. We have a newly installed government that is taking out of the box courageous decisions. ...

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  • TMany years ago, when I was lecturing at a university in Islamabad, I was introduced to the ‘war of narratives’ and the fact that in order to win this war, the narratives needed to be ‘attractive’ and consistent. There was, however, a third element that was equally critical ...

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  • TThis is a time for mourning, for allowing ourselves to be brainwashed by subterfuge and lies to the extent that when confronted with the stark truth and hardship that comes with it, we fail the test that makes a people great. Mourning, because in our sheer stupidity, a part of the nation led by ...

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  • TI recently visited a military hospital in Rawalpindi to look up an old family acquaintance, who was suffering from the inevitable disease known as old age. Lost in the maze of roads and one way routes, my companion pointed to a building saying that this was where, army casualties of the ‘War ...

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  • TIt is a universally acknowledged that a body smitten with malignant disease heals after persistent and prolonged treatment. If this malignancy is too far gone then implementation of radical surgery augments the treatment to save life. In both cases, the patient undergoes discomfort, pain and an ...

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  • TWhen this piece goes to print, the PTI Government would have completed thirty days of its governance and as expected, Imran Khan and his ministers were under the microscope during this period (and will remain so for the next five years). To pragmatic political analysts, these thirty days provided ...

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  • TThe loss or the imminent loss of a near and dear one is a trauma, the severity of which can only be judged by members of those immediately effected by the event. In a scenario, where all medical hope is gone, it is but natural for close family to be around the sickbed providing love and support as ...

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  • TThis week’s piece begins on a somber note on the passing of the former First Lady Mrs. Kulsoom Nawaz. I may have levied brutal criticism on Mr. Nawaz Sharif and his daughter, but in all fairness found no fault in the amazing lady, who was my sister’s junior in Lahore College for Women. ...

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  • TIt has just been over ten days since Imran Khan accomplished, what he had set out to do twenty two years ago. Now that he has become the Prime Minister of Pakistan, he can implement his road map to recover stolen money, reestablish lost prestige and rebuild shattered hopes. It is the same road map ...

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  • TThis cannot be happening, I told myself as the news of PML N’s latest nomination for President broke on television screens across Pakistan. Hours later, coming to terms with what had happened, realization began to take over that what I had said in some of my previous pieces was true. Shock, ...

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  • TIt was a few minutes after 8 PM that we started getting impatient - wondering, when Pakistan’s twenty second Prime Minister would address the nation on television. As if in answer to our restlessness, we saw the ticker quoting the Information Minister designate that the long awaited ...

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  • TThe oath taking ceremony of Pakistan’s fourteenth National Assembly took place with surprising displays of courtesy, the credit for which goes to Imran Khan, who walked over to his political adversaries and shook hands with them. Some political analysts termed it as the first indicator of ...

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  • TBoring and monotonous incarceration for the inmates of Adiala Jail must have come to an end since the addition, over the past weeks, of new members of their community. These new arrivals are a couple of VVIPs, who are enjoying privileges denied to other inmates, fuelling the notion that perhaps ...

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  • TIt is universally acknowledged that elections in a democratic dispensation are the instrument for synthesis and therefore evolution of a powerful and prosperous state. A free and fair electoral process is a weapon of change in the hands of the people, provided they exercise their right to choose. ...

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  • TI have just returned from a visit to Punjab’s capital, Lahore, braving multiple bands of cloudbursts that created zero visibility on the motorway. My hurry was fueled by the desire to fulfil a national duty –casting my vote. The visit to Lahore was partly to see the arena myself, where ...

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  • TIt was déjà vu, reminding me of the time when Mr. Nawaz Sharif landed in Pakistan because of a family tragedy, during his mutually arranged exile in Saudi Arabia and found that his party leadership had deserted him. With no crowds and no leader to receive him he was dispatched back to ...

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  • TBefore I go on to my featured thread this week, I must, in the interest of Public Service, narrate an incident that impacts on the lives of millions of Pakistanis on a daily basis. Driving from Islamabad towards Rewat on the Expressway, I stopped my car when the traffic light, at the Bahria Town ...

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  • TI happened to be returning home from a social commitment in suburban Islamabad via Kuri Road when I noticed an anomaly. Almost every vertical fixture along the road was bedecked with election posters of PML N and PPP –there was no PTI presence. Curiosity got the best of me, and I started ...

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  • TAs Election Day draws near, an ever increasing amount of adrenalin is being released amidst mounting excitement in both, party activists, voters and candidates. As a Pakistani, I too am effected by this ‘fever’ for in my reckoning the 2018 polls may, through their radical departure from ...

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  • TIn an intriguing twist to the Nawaz Sharif accountability trial, the disqualified Prime Minister’s lawyer withdrew himself from the case on grounds of extreme pressure. In response, the court gave Mr. Sharif till next day to get a new lawyer, generating great hue and cry from the defendant ...

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  • TNever before in modern political history, has a leader abused and insulted his mandate and along with it, the nation, as was demonstrated by the outgoing Chief Minister of Punjab on his last day in office, before an interim successor took over. In a public statement the younger of the two Sharifs, ...

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  • TA few months ago, I was having dinner with an old friend, who lives amidst rustic rural surroundings on Simly Dam Road near Islamabad. It was during the meal that I happened to comment on the appalling condition of the road, in spite of the fact that it led to a major water source for the Federal ...

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  • TThe disqualified Prime Minister’s trial in the accountability court has now entered the final stages. The defendant Mr. Nawaz Sharif has addressed the court in response to a questionnaire issued to him, while his daughter and son in law will be doing the same in the days that follow. In his ...

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  • TWhen an individual assumes the highest elected public office in the land, it is inevitable that he or she will, during the tenure and decision making attached to it, become privy to information that is critically sensitive from national security point of view. That is one reason amongst others that ...

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  • TWith just a few weeks left for the PML-N Government to hand over power to the interim setup as a prelude to general elections, the three main political parties i.e. PTI, PPP and PML-N are raising the heat. Under normal circumstances this would be nothing anomalous, but immature young activists, ...

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  • TA firm believer in the term ‘mukafaat e amal’ I have watched fascinated as the mighty in the land are being brought down one by one. For me the phenomenon that is manifesting itself in the ‘demise’ of the House of Sharif and consequently perhaps even the PML N (or should it ...

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  • TIt was sometimes in 1997 that I found myself spending a few days of well-deserved leisure in Kloten, a town near Zurich Airport in Switzerland. This was my first visit to this earthly paradise, and I was immediately struck by the ‘surgical cleanliness’ of everything within sight. So ...

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