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What happened then is happening again and will happen always (why don’t the Kings read history?)

For those readers, who are not familiar with the Tale of Troy, and for the benefit of those occupying positions of high power, I am venturing to tell the tale briefly in this column. All of human experience is entrenched in this ancient story which was first put into epic …

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The King of Kings

Acrimo-nious conflict will never cease until babies begin to come into the world with larger cerebrums, and smaller adrenal glands. This truth of history had first been emphasized upon by Homer, and subsequently endorsed by almost every historian and chronicler of human behaviour. The roots of acrimonious conflict lie either …

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THE ARMY BE SPARED

  I view with great concern the growing trend among the intellectuals and the representatives of the Civil society, to condemn en bloc the whole institution of the Military for its frequent transgression into, and domination of the nation’s political life. Quite often, while condemning the frequent incursions of the …

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Democracy & Muslim Renaissance

The issue of succession and transfer of power has always plagued the history of Muslims. Prior to the advent of Democratic era in the West, the above-mentioned issue had global connotations. The West’s transit-journey from Monarchial Authoritarianism and Dynastic Successorship to Modern Republicanism and Democratic Change was quite rapid after …

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I am witness to IK resolve that in New Pakistan, the Khaldoon rule that no business-stake-holder will sit in govt will be implemented. Will Allah give moral strength to such stake-holders sitting in the IK govt to resign voluntarily and provide their leader good reason to be proud. 05 July, …

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The Achievement That Will Ensure Pervez Musharraf A Place of Honour in History

I want fiercely to share the Presi-dent’s fierce belief in the goodness of his intentions. It will be unfair on my part or on the part of any neutral ‘appraiser’ not to recognize his enormous contribution to the good of Pakistan on many fronts and in many areas during the …

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Was (God Forbid) the journey of the Holy Prophet PBUH an exercise in Extremism?

There are as many divisions in the Western society as are in ours — the eastern — specifically the Muslim. Broadly speaking, in the West there is a Christian Right, and there is a Liberal Left. Though apparently religion has been separated from politics under the attractive doctrine (or term) …

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When an unattentive ear can be cut off for wanton breach of discipline!

With reference to what I wrote yesterday, some readers have asked me to explain how totalitarianism is different from authoritarianism. I think such an explanation is necessary too. Totalitarianism is often either combined or confused with notions such as authoritarianism or dictatorship. The confusion arises because there tends to be …

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