S Tariq

  • TMr. Nawaz Sharif has finally obtained a temporary relief from the Supreme Court - a relief that his supporters are celebrating with a naïve lack of understanding with respect to the judgment’s implications. I would therefore recommend that they hold back their ‘bhangras’ and ...

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  • TIt is being said that there is a haunted look on Mr. Nawaz Sharif’s face these days. Others have commented that the convicted Prime Minister’s eyes appear as those of a cornered being. I do not doubt these sources, since I have seen these signs in television clips myself. PML N sources ...

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  • TIn the historical perspective, the two words that make up the title of this week’s piece rang across the English countryside, as the fox was sighted and the hunters and hounds began the chase that ran their quarry down. During the Second World War, this cry was taken up by the Royal Airforce ...

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  • TThere are two places on the globe that are revered focal points of every Muslim in the world – the Kaaba Baitullah in the City of Mecca and the Masjid e Nabvi in Medina, from where Islam’s message of enlightenment radiated far and wide and which is the last resting place of the Holy ...

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  • TPakistan’s political studios are shooting a ‘block buster’ since the election of the PTI government. The cast of this ‘epic’, features an embattled Imran Khan and his posse of trouble shooters (some of whom have turned out to be trouble makers), while on the other ...

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  • TOurs is a strange land, whose people and rulers do not understand the true meaning of ‘independence’. To them freedom is an unbridled right to do whatever they want with nary a thought for laws, ethics, common sense and civic responsibility. Our Founding Fathers led by Muhammad Ali ...

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  • TMy day had been long and weariness had overtaken me. It all began, when I took a trip to a forbidding place near Burhan in search of a story about people, who lived in caves (I shall soon write a piece on this amazing lifestyle and the families, who have chosen to adopt it). As my driver cautiously ...

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  • TI am, through this week’s piece, venturing into deep water. I have long wanted to reflect the sentiments of a segment within our society, which is ‘wanting in numbers’, simply because it has (with difficulty) remained unpolluted from the all-encompassing environment of greed, ...

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  • TThe month of December brings with it memories of an international conspiracy abetted by our own politicians, which severed our Eastern Wing. People from my generation and older – especially those that had connections with East Pakistan (now Bangla Desh), will forever recall the lush green ...

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  • TI had intended to compose this week’s piece on a subject that was far removed from what you are currently reading. The reason for this deviation was an incident that occurred within the premises of the National Assembly on Tuesday. The private guards providing security to the former Prime ...

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  • TThe title of this piece was inspired by a disturbing sight on Murree Road as I drove by to attend a private reception near Lok Virsa, in the Shakarparian Hills. A pair of motor bikes raced passed me, dangerously zigzagging through the traffic. Suddenly the leading rider, a young man in his teens, ...

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  • 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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