Category Archive: Featured, Insight

Capital Suggestion

Capital Suggestion

On one side is the Supreme Court’s order which is categorical, clear-cut and specific. On the other side is the party head whose near-dictatorial powers are all-encompassing both in scope as well...
Saving Balochistan

Saving Balochistan

Balochistan is a land blessed by nature but ravaged by the emphatic greed and criminal empathy of man. With its natural resources worth hundreds of billions of dollars it ranks amongst the world’s...
The Psyche Behind Arab Spring

The Psyche Behind Arab Spring

On 12 November 2009, two days before FIFA world cup 2010 Qualifier match between Algeria and Egypt, an ugly incident caused a massive diplomatic row. The bus carrying Algerian football team was...
Imran Can

Imran Can

There comes to mind an old Scandinavian folklore about a “tramp and his stone soup”. Hungry for food and turned down by the people, the tramp produces a ‘magic stone that can make soup’....
The Year of Education has Passed

The Year of Education has Passed

Being an addict of books and tea, tea-house is one of my favourite places for leisure. As I live in a town, not many sophisticated tea houses are available here so I have to be content with only a...
Gut Reaction The ‘Real’ Picture

Gut Reaction The ‘Real’ Picture

managing a rally is one thing, managing a whole country quite another. If a leader comes into power thinking that the party ....
PTA needs to Stop SMS Spamming

PTA needs to Stop SMS Spamming

Daily, many mobile phone users in Pakistan receive promotional messages from different sources. Their inbox is constantly flooded with such messages and they don’t have an option to stop receiving...
Be Innovative in Tackling Climatic Change!

Be Innovative in Tackling Climatic Change!

Sharing research-based knowledge and promoting innovation are unprecedentedly critical for effectiveness climate change mitigation and adaptation programmes worldwide, particularly in developing...
Pakistan’s Punjab Problem

Pakistan’s Punjab Problem

Punjab is more than half of Pakistan, in politics, culture and industry. Whether anyone likes it or not, the task of governing Pakistan, of getting Pakistan right, falls heaviest upon the land of the...
Stuck in the Parking Lot

Stuck in the Parking Lot

It is said in the male book of epigrams that behind every impossible traffic jam, there is the hand of a woman. And if you try to fight this out, then there is always a woman driver present in close...
Fighting Poverty and Unemployment in Sindh

Fighting Poverty and Unemployment in Sindh

Poverty and unemployment in resource-rich Sindh are, among others, key causes of rising crimes and bad law and order situation. Energy crisis like in other parts of the country has battered severely...
The Great Provincial Divide

The Great Provincial Divide

There have been recent talks about creating a new province for better administration “for the Saraiki-speaking citizens”.  Apparently, dividing citizens of a country based on language would...
Understanding Inflation – Our Core Problem

Understanding Inflation – Our Core Problem

One Rupee was all I wanted for lunch at school during my early school days, enough to buy me one bag-a-chips, and three Rupees for Thursdays to enjoy Pepsi. This was about two decades ago. Today a...
Treason no more?

Treason no more?

You can’t pin your heart on something until it’s a completely done deal and Pakistani politics has a penchant for throwing up nine-day wonders, but from the looks of things, the sullied rags of...
Clowns and Red Faces: Comedy Pakistan Style

Clowns and Red Faces: Comedy Pakistan Style

Coming from a dubious salesman a shady communication treated as Holy Scripture. Only we could do this, without stopping to think what it says about us: a nation of chumps hard put to smell the...
Pakistan’s Parallel Culture

Pakistan’s Parallel Culture

In a foreign country, where you are a minority, perhaps you learn the true value of your origins. I always treasured being from Pakistan, but going to college in the United States gave me the unique...
Calling Out Sick

Calling Out Sick

As children, we tried to con our parents into letting us calling in sick at school. We used the excuse of “I am probably coming down with some rare tropical disease that could kill me if I got out...
Democracy Under Threat

Democracy Under Threat

The familiar refrain of a democracy under threat is once again making the rounds in Pakistan.       The source of these worries is the image of the ruling government having to defend...
Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Headline news gets you nauseous? This might explain why;       “Forgot my Blackberry in the States; can’t remember the pin code either.”(My dog ate my homework?) Hussain Haqqani...
Was Musharraf Better than This Democracy?

Was Musharraf Better than This Democracy?

Musharraf’s over throw of Nawaz was dubious. Anybody who is remotely associated with the litigation system of the country – particularly criminal trials
Animals Have Rights Too

Animals Have Rights Too

The worst sight to behold is when cars run over animals on the streets and drive away
Abandoned ship

Abandoned ship

President Zardari jumped into the “ill-health” lifeboat during the “memo exposure” storm