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An Elitist Pakistan

An elitist Pakistan

The sufferings of Pakistani poor and less privileged classes will not end unless elitist structures are dismantled and the society is restructured on the principles of equity, fairness and justice…

Political Idiocy

Political idiocy

A type of Pakistani leftists is indulged in premature and idealistic analyses of critical issues such as Islamic radicalisation. Our insignificant left is majorly divided over the issues of religious…

The Sieves Of Security

The sieves of security

What do Daniel Ellsberg, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, and the Abbottabad Commission Report have in common? Each of them sprang a leak. The first three Ellsberg, Assange and Snowden revealed…

Spirituality And Sufism

Spirituality and Sufism

In one of my recent columns I reviewed two important books, one of which was written by Riaz Qadri on the lives of the great saints and mystics of Islam.…

Cry, Lyari, Cry

Cry, Lyari, cry

For the past several years now, Lyari has existed as a living tragedy and a festering wound of Karachi – the country’s commercial and financial capital. It is a place…

Corruption Scorecard

Corruption scorecard

According to the Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer 2013, released on July 9, a good 54 percent Pakistanis believe that corruption has increased a lot during the last two years.…

For A New Deal

For a new deal

One advantage enjoyed by the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the realm of foreign affairs, as compared to its two predecessors, has gone virtually unnoticed. The Musharraf regime…

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…

View Point: The Coup In Egypt

View Point: The coup in Egypt

We in Pakistan are all too familiar with what has happened in Egypt: military ousting an elected government and putting its leader in prison. It looks a bit different though.…