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Remembering Qazi Hussain Ahmed

Remembering Qazi Hussain Ahmed

People who fight for a cause deserve praise. And someone with a lifelong commitment towards a cause is worthy of respect. Qazi Hussain Ahmed was one such person. He passed…

Wanted: A Magic Wand

Wanted: a magic wand

Ambition is a perfectly legitimate gene within the political DNA. Without ambition it would be almost impossible for anyone except a saint to suffer the dross, ennui and heartless envy…

ECP: A Case Of Acquired Helplessness

ECP: a case of acquired helplessness

For any system to survive, it must fulfil at least two minimum requirements. Meet the needs of its customers and have the capacity to improve itself. The first requirement relates…

Of Kings And Pawns

Of kings and pawns

What do those who have choreographed the ridiculous events unfolding in Islamabad really want? Here’s my take. To unlock the mercurial intentions that lie behind the thinly veiled theatre of…

Obituary Essay: A Pragmatic Politician

Obituary essay: A pragmatic politician

The words "former Amir of Jamaat" or a person having filled the leadership of Jamaat-e-Islami previously as an introduction of Qazi Hussain Ahmad, who was buried yesterday in his native…

Venezuela Without Chavez

Venezuela without Chavez

On January 10 Hugo Chavez was supposed to take oath as Venezuela’s president for the next term – 2013-2019. Undergoing surgery for cancer in Cuba, he was not able to…

IMF Mission In Town

IMF mission in town

At the request of the government, an IMF mission is visiting Pakistan to initiate discussion for a three-year bailout programme. As reported in the press, during their two-week stay in…

Tax Delinquents

Tax delinquents

A resident of Alberta, Canada, has posed a question through email that deserves a detailed and satisfactory reply. The statement quoted in this mail, though based on misunderstanding, reflects sadly…