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Different idioms, similar stories

IRFAN Husain had made it a habit to forward me the occasional email in which his Indian fans would snitch about the poor calibre of my columns from New Delhi,…

Ramazan in internment

THE month of Ramazan has begun and Muslims all over the world are fasting. From the far-flung near Arctic towns in Norway and Iceland, to the tropical locales of Indonesia…

To See Or To Nazi

To see or to Nazi

We’ve have entered the time of mock outrage. The press was shocked that armed neo-Nazis were marching through the streets of Charlottesville shouting ‘Blood and Soil’ and ‘Jews will not…

Background Checks

Background checks

“There are two theories on hitting a knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither one of them works.” – Charlie Lau, former major league batting coach. Immediately following the 2009 shootings at Fort Hood…

Water Use

Water use

We have had engineers giving solutions as to how to increase the quantum of water. That by definition is a non-starter as water will always be a limiting factor. Way…

The Tyranny Of Bureaucracy

The tyranny of bureaucracy

The visible conflict between bureaucracy and political system does not seem to abate and as long as we Pakistanis are what we are this conflict will intensify and increase. My…

Defunct Economists At Work

Defunct economists at work

Pakistan is in the throes of a serious dilemma inasmuch as the functional aspects of the economy are not working. This happens when the fundamentals are not sound. The structural…

WT O`s New Challenge

WT O`s new challenge

The Doha round of trade talks has long dominated the agenda of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). An urgent priority for the organisation`s 157 members, however, is to appoint a…