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WE HAVE TAKEN ONLY THE FIRST STEP IN A JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES

The elections held on the 18th of February 2008 were only one step – the first step – towards restoration of democracy in Pakistan. Doubtlessly it was a major step too, if one remembers the famous dictum of Kennedy that ‘a journey of a thousand miles’ begins with a single …

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Imran Khan is lucky to have adversaries like Asif Ali Zardari and Mian Nawaz Sharif. Without their immense ability to exude evil the cause of the inimitable Captain wouldn’t have taken off without such spectacular ease and assuredness. 24 September, 2020 Once upon a time a General named Saleemillah used …

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LET PRESIDENT HIMSELF STRIKE OFF THE BLACK DAY FROM OUR NATIONAL CALENDAR

Not against my best judgement, I happen to harbour a belief that being a man of enormous ego and self-esteem, President Pervez Musharraf will not like to go down into Pakistan’s history as its most hated son. He may already have ‘done’ enough to earn all the condemnation and wrath …

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Right time to speak up is when the first act of tyranny is committed

Martin Niemo-ller’s famous commentary on the state of affairs in the Nazi Germany has come to be regarded as a barometer of what can happen in an autocratic or a totalitarian order in which ‘the acts of oppression, injustice and state terror’ go unquestioned and unchallenged. “At first in Germany,” …

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Only a prosperous society can pay Rs 1000 for a maund of flour!

Most governments and political parties make calculations and self-assessments on the basis of their wishful thinking. It is never easy for them to digest any ‘evidence’ that may be in contradiction with their wishful conclusions. It may be expedient for them to remain divorced from the ground realities. Or they …

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Let the two sets of ground realities enter into a marriage of convenience

Some terms and phrases continue to be used with astounding frequency. “Ground realities” happen to be one of them. President Pervez Musharraf’s whole political philosophy seems to have been built on and around the above phrase. Right from the day one, he has been re-iterating his resolute commitment to the …

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Learning The Art Of Sharing Power

The clock of our destiny may well be in the mode to strike the hour of new hopes for the nation. The pendulum has been oscillating back and forth since several weeks. It may be observed here that the pendulum doesn’t move ‘back and forth’ but ‘right and left’. But …

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Can There Be Islam Without Quran?

It is with great regularity and persistence that President Mushar-raf talks of ‘Pakistan First’ theme. Let it, in this context, be acknowledged that ‘love of his country’ is ingrained deep in the President’s patriotic soul. So deep indeed that he has been led to declare in no uncertain terms that …

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More Democracy Or More Authoritarianism?

The lacklustre performance of the political parties in actively opposing the Musharraf-backed incumbent government has been a cause of great concern in those circles of the civil society which had hoped that an effectively strong public pressure would act as a powerful deterrent to the authoritarian longings of the rulers. …

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