Dr Farid A Malik

  • The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) has published its detailed Flood Damage Report, whose details are: 1208 deaths, 1256 injured, 287,000 houses destroyed and 662,000 houses damaged. NDMA was created in August 2007 for the implementation, coordination and monitoring of relief efforts. A ...

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  • On Saturday, August 20, 2022, while driving on Lawrence Road, I witnessed heaps of sewerage dirt on the road. It was an unbelievably dirty sight for a person who grew up in the full glory of the city of Lahore. I decided to park my car and gather information about this encroachment on my free and ...

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  • Pakistanis can sometimes be considered a disowned nation. In the words of Comrade Aitzaz Ahsan, “Riasat Ho Gi Ma Jaisi” (The state should be like a mother). The journey of freedom has been unending and long-drawn. On August 14, 1947, a new republic did emerge on the world map but after 75 ...

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  • The Sandhurst Military Academy has graduated many prom­inent soldiers who went on to defend and serve their na­tions but in our case, the results have been disastrous. Is­kander Mirza and Ayub Khan, the first and second Presidents of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan were both graduates of this ...

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  • Perhaps Pakistan is the only country in the world which has had to formulate four constitutions neither of which were abided by. There was nothing wrong with the 1956 version under which the country was declared a republic. Even the most complex issue of population parity was settled between the ...

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  • Every political leader makes tall claims about serving the people yet nothing changes on the ground. Growing up in the good times we were taught that performance speaks for itself. It was the age of purity; food was eaten fresh, mostly pure and organic.There was a popular saying, “Desi Ghee is ...

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  • My late father Nazir Ahmed Malik strongly believed that an honest and upright person must be fearless. Being a man of action, not words he penned some of life’s dos and donts. On the top of the list was “No compromises, do not fear confrontation.” Within the ambit of law, he operated ...

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  • Sovereignty is essential for a country and its people. No nation can survive or advance in its absence. On August 14, 1947, the All India Muslim League (AIML) under the able leadership of Muhammad Ali Jinnah succeeded in carving out a new country in the Indian Subcontinent. While Jinnah took oath ...

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  • Technocrats have replaced bureaucrats the world over, but not in the land of the pure. Today, the Is­lamic Republic of Pakistan (IRP) faces serious gov­ernance challenges that seem insurmountable in the ex­isting system. Most civilian institutions have become non-functional with the probability ...

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  • Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (ZAB), in the seventies, said, “If I am assassinated, the Himalayas will cry, the water of the Indus will turn red”. With his popularity and charisma, he was convinced that no one could dare to harm him. He faced his trial with confidence and even addressed the judges of the ...

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  • The Islamic Republic of Pakistan (IRP) has been struggling for change ever since it came into existence on August 14, 1947. After the assassination of the PM in 1951, the slide started, which continues unabated till today. However, the quest for freedom has continued despite the coercion of the ...

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  • It was the best of times; it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness”. The Minar-e-Pakistan has witnessed it all. It was there on October 30, 2011 that PTI emerged as a major political force mainly due to the relentless struggle of the Kaptaan together with ...

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  • Tax the public to pay back the loans consumed by the elite; this has been the norm in preparing budgets since the debt trap was laid in October, 1958. Various terms like; ‘awam dost’ and ‘tax free’ are used to bluff the public. Budgets are then followed by mini budgets to further burden the ...

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  • The higher judiciary at one time provided much-needed relief to the public through writ jurisdiction; not anymore. After the lawyers’ movement of 2007 and the appointments that followed, serious concerns have come to the surface. Historically, a mix of direct appointees to the bench and those ...

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  • Before I start my day, I glance over the prestigious Tehreek-e-Pakistan gold medal awarded to my father on August 14, 1990 for his contribution in the freedom struggle. Then I step out of my home to face the hardships typically faced by a hapless people. As the first-born free generation of the ...

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  • On May 21, 2022 Dr Shireen Mazari, the former minister of Human Rights was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) of Punjab. She asked for arrest warrants which were not produced. She was pulled out of her vehicle by the Police force of Islamabad and handed over to ACE for onward ...

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  • Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi (IK) took the oath of office as the 22nd Prime Minister (PM) of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on August 14, 2018. As an honest and upright leader, despite being warned, he decided to take the demon of corruption head-on. Perhaps he underestimated the depth of this pandemic ...

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  • The bureaucracy of Pakistan remains shrouded in the Government of India, Official Secrets Act 1923. The colonists desired to protect their anti-people activities of loot and plunder of natural resources of their colonies. The colonial masters were not answerable to their subjects. Despite getting ...

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  • After sixteen years, the Charter of Democracy (COD) has been all but scrapped. The COD was signed by Nawaz Sharif (NS) and Benazir Bhutto (BB) on May 14, 2006. After her assassination in the year 2007, Bhutto’s party was taken over by Asif Ali Zardari.Coming from a business family, I was always ...

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  • On April 21, 2022 the son of Lahore, Imran Khan (IK) roared at the historic Minar-e-Pakistan. As a national leader, he did not target state institutions; instead he offered a pragmatic solution to the current impasse, his demand of free and fair elections made perfect sense. It was here on October ...

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  • On April 10, 2022, Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif (SS) took oath as the 23rd Prime Minister (PM) of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The term of the assembly is five years, yet no PM has been able to survive that long. Amongst this herd of politicians, only three PM’s stand out as real and in ...

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  • I still remember the Urdu classes at Government College. Professor Musharraf Ansari got overwhelmed with the word Pur-Israr Banday (individuals of unbelievable hidden qualities). Those who believed and fought for an ideology they believed in, not for the bounties of war (Maal-e-Ghanimat) nor ...

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  • “May you live in interesting times” is a famous Chinese curse. Unfortunately, today it applies to the land of the pure. Without morality, there can be no politics. Those who control the levers of power must follow strict codes of service to the people, not their exploitation, as has been the ...

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  • Since 1985, a lot of dirt has accumulated in the house of representatives. After over several decades of this pile up, Imran Khan (IK), as the elected Prime Minister (PM) has shown his resolve to clean-up this accumulated mess in the parliament. The people of Pakistan may not be happy with the ...

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  • The Islamic Republic of Pakistan has failed to contain the scourge of money laundering. The legal and the administrative framework is inadequate to convict the launderers. Financial corruption continues unabated. FATF has repeatedly pointed out the need for convicting the corrupt. In order to ...

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  • The Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) was created with the merger of the Pakistan Standards Institution (PSI) and the Central Testing Laboratories (CTL). As I was a leading Quality Management consultant in the country at that time, I was appointed Director General (DG) in the ...

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  • Asad Qaiser, the sitting speaker of the National Assembly remarked after meeting the craftiest evergreen politicians, the Chaudhry brothers of Gujrat; the “No confidence motion is a constitutional right of the opposition.”Finally, their rights have been recognised, together with the ...

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  • Alas, some good has been bestowed upon us by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). According to their latest report, the bureaucracy in the Islamic Republic is slow with over regulation. Both these factors are lethal for investments and business. As a child, I have a very poor memory of the IMF. ...

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  • In the decade of the sixties, I had the chance of visiting the residence of Malik Muhammad Akram on Mozang Road. He was elevated as a judge of the Lahore High Court (LHC) and later the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP). In those days, friends preferred to live as house guests instead of staying in ...

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  • Corruption has reached pandemic levels in the land of the pure. The courts have failed to convict the corrupt. Finally, the focus has shifted to the constitution. As the first-born free generation of Pakistan, we have lived through several exciting phases of nation building. Lahore has been at the ...

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