Tallat Azim

  • TIt seems rather unreal that the worth of the US dollar has come down to Rs. 98 from Rs. 108, given that there is no record of things taking a good turn in Pakistan. Usually things only spiral out of control; so much so that the government is forced to put an experts committee together for appeasing ...

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  • TOur television news channels often try to outdo one another as they bring us our daily news. Solely out of habit, I have the idiot box on every morning as I dress, and I try keeping up with the moment to moment developments in the soap operas that are our news shows. This morning as I was putting ...

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  • TI am so happy to have made the effort of dropping everything for three days and heeding the pull of Lahore and its literature festival over the last weekend. (As it turned out there were quite a few other Islooites too who had been unable to resist the pull either). It was Lahore at its glorious ...

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  • TKarachi and Peshawar have remained in the grip of deaths and explosions in the past week, despite the fact that dialogue for peace is taking place between the TTP and the government. The fact remains that nobody selected by the government really has a representative position just as those nominated ...

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  • TAs the harshness of winter gives way to new leaves to burst forth, the country too is witnessing an effort to talk about peace. From not moving at all, to moving in another direction and then the swing of the pendulum yet again is all happening before we even mentally register what the current ...

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  • TThe people of this country, by temperament, should all be lawyers. The counter-narrative that they come up with – in the face of the best air-tight case – can boggle the brightest of minds! If you do not agree with me then try putting forward what you think is a flawless plan to bring ...

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  • TIt’s only been a month in to the new year but if the number of terrorist attacks are anything to go by of what’s in store, 30 in 24 days and continuing, then I so wish I could skip it and somehow go directly in to 2015. It’s raining suicide bombers in all our major cities and it ...

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  • TI do not want to talk about the timing of Pervez Musharraf’s heart problem. Neither do I want to talk about the civil-military imbalance (which has not happened overnight and is also thus not going to be wished away overnight). I unabashedly admit that Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s hanging was ...

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  • TLate President Zia ul Haq may have been blown up in the C130 in 1988 but the philosophy he espoused is alive and well and lingers on in a definite and tangible manner. It is not quite fair, because he may have needed it to stay the supremo and to outsmart the liberals, it should rightly have been ...

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  • TThis is the time for the ‘hot’ lists and the summing up of our current tastes and habits as we look back and review the year! The popular flavours, as it were, compared to what is no longer so.To say that this has been a year of change in Pakistan is the biggest under-statement! Topping ...

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  • TLast week I was in Quetta in connection with a seminar on the Mother and Child Programme. Whoever heard that I was heading for Quetta looked a little askance and thought I needed my head examined as though I was going to some risky jungle and did not perceive all the dangers that stood lurking in ...

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  • TAs people, the vast majority, struggle to make ends meet with no time left over to ponder the whys and how-can-this-be-happening-to-us, there are a few who think and analyze, in order to make sense of the all-encompassing confusion. Take the protests about the drones for starters. It is the party ...

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  • TThe Prime Minister finally picked. From the beginning of this year there was much speculation about this being the year of change as far as three of the most important positions of authority are concerned – not counting the Prime Minister himself, who too was brought in by the general ...

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  • TAs the sunny mornings warm and comfort us in the definitely descending winter chill, things have been heating up on some other fronts too. The long-standing PPB (Perpetual Plan B) of the Army – the Jamaat-e-Islami has been given a serious rap on the knuckles by the institution. The JI got it ...

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  • TAmidst the confusion that reigns supreme on ways to tackle the massive Djinn like problems that the country faces, it is a pity that Iqbal is not referred to more often for ‘way forward’ - to use modern presentation parlance! On his birthday on November 9, Chaai Khaana, a more current ...

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  • TThe scenario and the timings are a case study. Our Prime Minister has just concluded one on one talks with the American President and his spokespersons in the foreign office have gone blue in the face telling us how fruitful the talks were. While the American President tacitly signaled a go ahead ...

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  • TThe Prime Minister is now back from his visit to the US and the debates continue around what was good and what fell way short, depending on which side of the political divide you are on. Irrespective of the visit, the bulk of us know that things will just continue the way they have always done ...

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  • TAs in a quote by Hazrat Ali (A.S.) which goes, ‘don’t engage your heart in grief over the past or it won’t be ready for what is coming’, there is a most important suggestion put forward by writer and activist Naeem Sadiq. He is suggesting that we put our best brains to use ...

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  • TIt was coincidentally the day of the girl child on October 11 when the announcement for the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for 2013 was to be made. Among the favourites to win was Malala Yusafzai of Pakistan. She is only 16 and a slip of a little girl who has the world acknowledging her cause and ...

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  • TAs we go about our daily lives, trying to salvage something to retain sanity and just possibly continue, there comes more astounding news. (I thought we had saturated THAT ability at least – that of perceiving a news item to be astounding). While other countries may wait for days and even ...

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  • TFreedom at midnight – that was the name of a very readable and researched book on the partition of India by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre. I am reminded of it because our collective midnight is not giving way to dawn and our trials and tribulations continue unabated, 65 years on. As ...

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  • TIt has been a fetish of late to really snuggle up to all things Turkish. While Turkey has always enjoyed a special place in Pakistani hearts (about one of the last few places in the world that reciprocates our affection) one wonders if there is any grand design to this cozying up. We are mostly ...

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  • TSeptember is usually the month when full activity is resumed after the summer and all sorts of official work begins in earnest, according to planned calendars. The weather too is conducive for it with just a slight and pleasant nip in the air. But nothing gives the Pakistanis, the ones with the ...

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  • TI’m reminded of a movie called ‘It’s complicated’ when I think about all the facets of the Syrian situation. The movie was about how a couple, while attending their son’s graduation, reignite their relationship but the complication is that they are divorced and he is ...

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  • TThe by-elections have been most interesting and the results have revealed that the selection of the right candidate is a leading factor in the outcome. Despite the fact that Imran Khan (IK) himself led from the front a whirlwind campaign for his party’s candidates, particularly in the two ...

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  • TThe good thing about more autonomy that the provinces now enjoy under the 18th Amendment is that it has infused healthy competitiveness among them and each would like to be ahead of the others if it could help it. With every province now also having a newly-elected government in place after May 11, ...

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  • TThe current raging debate on the usage of the word sharamnaak by Imran Khan (IK) in his public pronouncements is about the actual meaning and inference of the word. The issue has taken on so much importance because IK was called by the Supreme Court to explain just what he thought he was doing when ...

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  • TNot that there can be a comparison, but it is so noticeable that we are fast doing to the holy month of Ramazan what we did to the joyous festival of Basant - saturating it with commercialisation to the point that the essence of the celebration becomes invisible under the hoopla. The ...

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  • TAs the new provincial governments devise policies to grapple with various issues, there is one which they can only choose to ignore at their own peril, but which, for one reason or another, does not get the importance it deserves. According to Dr Zeba Sathar, Country Director for Pakistan ...

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  • TThe bulk of us, while liking certain ideas about the MQM ideology, have never been quite able to come to terms with the way the party is run - cult style - by an individual based in London. Those living in Karachi have a much clearer picture of how the party operates and it was anything but a ...

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