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On Top Of The World Again

On top of the world again

Sixty years after the world’s highest peak was first scaled, intrepid adventurers have literally been queuing up lately to reach the summit of Sagarmatha, better known internationally as Mount Everest.…

Discussion On Elections At The Frontline Club

Discussion on elections at the Frontline Club

After Benazir Bhutto’s assassination over five years ago (how time flies!), the only political figure in Pakistan foreigners have heard of is Imran Khan. His fame is largely attributable to…

Muslim World In Decline

Muslim world in decline

Myanmar is a country that is supposed to be recovering from years of dictatorial rule and moving towards democracy and an opening up to the rest of the world. It…

Unequal In Life And Death

Unequal in life and death

All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others”, pigs proclaim in Orwell’s Animal Farm to explain their supremacy and right to rule. Apparently disparity in life…

Boston Bombs: No 100 Percent Safety In Sport

Boston bombs: No 100 percent safety in sport

The Boston Marathon bombs are a gruesome reminder that there will never be 100 per cent safety and security for fans, officials and participants at sports events. From the Munich…

Bangladesh`s Identity Crisis

Bangladesh`s identity crisis

Various Islamist groups in Bangladesh are demanding that a new anti-blasphemy law be formulated under which the death penalty can be awarded to those who defame Islam and the Prophet…

Let This Pandora’s Box Be Opened

Let this Pandora’s box be opened

Since his return to Pakistan on a mission to ‘save’ the country, Musharraf has been uncharacteristically subdued. For good reason. The public response to his homecoming has been one of…

Tax Reform, Not Aid Please

Tax reform, not aid please

The BBC has reported that a group of British MPs have asked the British “government to withhold extra aid to Pakistan unless the country does more to gather taxes from…

The Heart Of The Matter

The heart of the matter

With all the distraction that is created by politics, the latest invasion being the promised long march by Tahirul Qadri, the momentous issue at this time is religious extremism and…

Why Nations Fail

Why nations fail

Some books should be made mandatory reading not just for Pakistan’s parliamentarians but its power elites. Two relatively recent books deal with a theme I have touched upon extensively since…