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Wanted: A Strong Liberal Voice

Wanted: a strong liberal voice

Is there room, in today’s Pakistan, for a strong liberal voice in our mainstream politics? On the face of it, the answer would be in the negative. But what else…

Governance On A Whim

Governance on a whim

The topic of this column reminded me of my dear friend and famous poet, Mohsin Bhopali. We both belonged to beautiful Bhopal hence our common background and affinity. He wrote…

Economic Apartheid

Economic apartheid

Inequality is rising in Pakistan in all its unsavoury dimensions. While we may have had a less-unequal society, in relative terms, for much of our existence, that sliver of solace…

Towards The Demise Of The Commonwealth

Towards the demise of the Commonwealth

Officially, the main focus of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) held in the Sri Lankan capital on November 15-17 was ‘growth with equity: inclusive development’. At the conclusion…

Introspection Is In Order

Introspection is in order

The May 11 election results require introspection by all political parties - winners and losers alike - the former on what not to do and the latter on a basic…

Not Asking For The Sky

Not asking for the sky

So the big day is here. The right thing to do is to go out and vote. Shelve scepticism for today at least. You`ll have five long years to rekindle…

Life After Elections

Life after elections

The PTI: The biggest story of the election - even a week later. No one should try to diminish your triumph, least of all yourselves. The notion of winning a…

Change Of Sorts

Change of sorts

As a Pakistani who exercised his right to change, my gratitude goes to all those who contributed to the successful conduct of Election 2013. To start with, President Zardari should…

The Change Has Begun

The change has begun

The PML-N has won the largest number of seats in the National Assembly and will form the next government at the center. It has left its two main rivals, the…