Hameed Maker

  • TSome time back, I had watched an engrossing TV series 'A Person of Interest', which is in two Seasons, of twenty two episodes each. The series was created by Jonathan Nolan and is about a former CIA paramilitary operator, Reese, played by Jim Caviezel, as the man in the black suit, who is presumed ...

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  • TSTRAIGHT TALK PART 2 Watching the recent events unfold in the country, I have taken the liberty to rephrase a few lines of the poem ‘Pity the Nation’ by Khalil Gibran:  ‘Pity the Nation whose Self Above leaders of straw, who use their citizens as dispensable pawns in their ...

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  • TAs the election date draws nearer, Justice (r) Fakhruddin G Ebrahim, Chairman, ECP has become the focus of the print and electronic media. He has been in their line of fire and not a day goes by, without harsh and unkind words being said against him and his team. No doubt, up till now, ECP has not ...

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  • TIn 2005, when the situation in the country, especially Karachi, was not as bad as it is today, Helpline Trust, together with Shehri and a group of concerned citizens, had organised a Citizen’s Rally, in the hope of galvanising the silent majority to stand up and demand good governance, ...

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  • TAccess to information is the fundamental right of all citizens, just as every citizen has the right to freedom of speech and expression. To enable this, the Government of Pakistan had established the Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002, in order to ensure transparency in government and to hold ...

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  • TThe term 'double whammy originated in the US in the 1940s and is usually associated with sports and the one-two knockout punch in boxing. However, in the UK, the phrase came to be used during the Conservative Partys 1992 election campaign, in which the Tories used a poster to undermine the Labour ...

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  • TIt seems that our leaders are cursed to face storms and hurricanes, most of which they themselves create, as no sooner one storm subsides, another appears on the horizon. The gale force winds created by the NRO and the 18th Amendment had barely subsided when the TIP Corruption Index 2010 emerged ...

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  • TI had planned to be back in Karachi last week, but dur ing my stay here, I met Sadru Hashwani, an old friend from Karachi, who is a well-known personality in Pakistan. He persuaded me to stay a few more days and celebrate his 70th birthday last Thursday, the day I was supposed to leave for Karachi. ...

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  • TFor the last sixty-four years, this unfortunate Titanic, with different captains at the helm, has been buffeted from one shore to another, searching for a land in which they can live in peace and dignity. Each captain has always promised them the usual 'roti - kapra - makan mirage, but after ...

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  • TFor the last six decades, the winds of change have been sweeping through this land of the pak and the pure, playing a cruel joke on the passengers on this limping Titanic. These treacherous winds have blown us in different directions and into rain and hailstorms that have blurred our vision and ...

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  • TStraight Talk He may have been besieged, bothered and bewildered, but The Come Back Kid is a fighter and did not get to the top of the political ladder by being soft and wet behind the ears. He has always been a survivor and a tough nut to crack and has finally emerged from his bunker, with both ...

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  • TThe judiciary, the slumbering giant and the third important pillar for democracy, good governance and the rule of law, has finally woken up after being in a coma for six decades. The 'born again, restored Chief Justice and his brother judges have at last broken the chains that have held it a ...

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  • TThree weeks back, Helpline Trust had organised a seminar in Karachi on Corruption and White Collar Crimes, in which the Key Note Speaker had been Mr. Khalid Mirza, Chairman CCP and Justice (R) Saiduzzaman Siddiqui, Former Chief Justice of Pakistan & Chairman, had Chaired the seminar. The objectives ...

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  • TGone is the 'here to there grin and the happy go lucky, I got the world on a string attitude of our globetrotting President. And that certain smile that used to hover on the corner of his lips, has been replaced by deep and tense worry lines and tight lips. While the catchy 'Pakistan Khapech ...

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  • TThe controversy rages on - Should we or shouldnt we - Is it good, bad or ugly for Pakistan - Will it compromise our sovereignty and so on. And we are damned if we do and damned if we dont. Comments of some our senior citizens in our print media are worth reproducing: 'The PEACE Act, 2009 ...

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  • TThe Kerry - Lugar Bill has raised a storm in our teacup, with heated and hysterical debates in our print and electronic media and chest-thumping, screaming slogans of betrayals and sell-outs. Citizens are being advised to look under their beds, as the Men in Black of the great Satan are about to ...

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  • THaving been closely involved in the power crisis and the ongoing KESC Saga for the last ten years, I have tried to separate fact from fiction from the lies and misinformation that have been fed to us and try to find were the truth lies. The greatest betrayal and injustice to the people by the ...

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  • TStraight Talk Earlier this year, we saw long queues of displaced men, women and children, waiting in desperation for food in the war torn areas of Swat and NWFP. And last week we saw the same queues, but this time they were of desperate people living in Karachi, the City of Lights and the ...

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  • TLast week, the print and electronic media were inundated with the sound of trumpets and the baying of jackals, causing a ear splitting cacophony of sound. And what is amazing is that some of our leading TV anchors also joined them in their shrill chorus. The march of the trumpeters, in praise of ...

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  • TAfter many years of stone walling Karachiites, the will of the people finally prevailed and the postponed, but much awaited Nepra Hearing took place at the Marriot Hotel, Karachi. Khalid Saeed, Chairman, Nepra and his 5 member team flew in from the Federal Capital to discuss the 19 issues ...

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  • TIn 2006, HT had received a number of emails asking why Consumer Protection Council of Helpline Trust had not taken up the issue of the atta and sugar crisis and their escalating prices. And this year it is the same, and as always, history has repeatedly itself, but this time the crisis is in holy ...

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  • TThe Freedom of Information Ordinance enables citizens to ask for information as their right, just as every citizen has the right to freedom of speech and expression. The FoI is meant to ensure transparency and to make the federal and provincial government more accountable and ensure that the ...

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  • TIn a recent 'In Focus program on a private TV channel, the issue under discussion had been The Power Crisis. I had watched the program and was surprised and shocked when former senators Enver Beg of PPP and Jamal Leghari of PML-Q, the eldest son of former president Farooq Leghari, stated that the ...

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  • TEven after numerous TV programs, seminars, press reports, articles and Suo Motto action by the CJP against the KESC tariff increase it has not been possible to shame the shameless KESC and it seems the end of load shedding and tariff increase is a distant dream. As such, after months of ...

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  • TI had planned to write this ST article on the health of the nation, but so much has been happening on the KESC front, that I have been compelled to give you an update on the health of KESC and this ailing City of Lights and its suffering citizens. After the forced twenty hours Black Out of the ...

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  • TA European friend of mine, who has traveled extensively in S.E. Asia and Africa and is now working in Pakistan with one of the leading NGO in the country, involved in improving the quality of life of citizens living in the less developed areas of Pakistan, has just returned from Swat and Malakand ...

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  • TOver the years, through the Helpline Trust activities, I have interacted with Governors, CMs, Administrators, CEOs, Army Generals, Brigadiers, Principal and First Secretaries, etc., and have found very few who were truly committed to improve the quality of life of the citizens. Majority of them ...

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  • TIn my last ST article I had referred to the above Beatle song and stressed that the only way to 'buy the hearts and mind of the ordinary people of Pakistan is to establish good governance and provide them with the basic amenities of life that allows them to live in dignity and honor. This was also ...

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  • TThe word 'Fragile means some thing that is delicate, brittle and frail and can easily be broken or destroyed, depending on the person or the situation. Therefore for a government of a nuclear country that is being described as the most dangerous country in the world, to be governed by a 'fragile ...

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  • TAfter my last two articles on 'Can Pakistan be governed? the next logical question would be, are our governments fit to govern ? I know this is a thorny issue, however being a citizen of Pakistan and a stakeholder in the country, I have a right to demand an answer and accountability and see if we ...

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