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Pakistani tycoons: nationalisation fears

A textile and financial magnate is a Pakistani icon. A risk-taker. A trailblazing entrepreneur. A poster boy for ‘Corporate Pakistan’. He has his ears close to the ground. He hears…

Raising National Conscience

Raising national conscience

What will it take to raise our conscience and our understanding that there are things that need to be remedied urgently in our country? There is no sign that this…

Manto’s Human Psyche

Manto’s human psyche

Three years before his death, Saadat Hasan Manto “undertook to compile a book of his friends’ observations about his personality” so that his readers “know as much about him as…

A failure is a failure

December reminds us of at least two major failures that have had a long lasting impact on our national psyche. Whether they were political or military failures or of defence…

On the brink : The Friday Column

Pakistan is being pushed to the brink. It may not be wrong to presume that it is well-nigh there, staring down into the abyss. The sordid happenings of the last…

Just not cricket

One of the few legacies of the British Empire that could be argued is an unalloyed good is the game of cricket. It’s a sport that has it all: excitement,…

Races between races

THE XXXII Olympic Summer Games are over. The empty seats in the stadium will remain vacant, waiting for the silent scourge of Covid-19 to quit Tokyo. Never in its long…