Dr Farid A Malik

  • If Lahore does not rise, Pakistan will sink. Takht-e-Lahore was created by Zia’s Askari Lashkar to derail democracy and it has performed to its design. It does not represent the aspirations of the city of change, where Quaid-e-Azam once stood to present the resolution for the creation of an ...

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  • Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) termed Lahore as the Leningrad (St. Petersburgh) of Pakistan. It was here that the first real political party (PPP) of the country was formed in November 1967. ZAB willed to be buried here, a wish that was denied by a dictator. When he challenged his countrymen with ...

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  • As a Muslim League child it is painful to write against my father’s party. He joined the League in 1935 in Ludhiana and remained with the party till his death in 1991. In recognition of his services to the movement, he was awarded the Tehrik-e-Pakistan Gold Medal in 1990. Political luminaries ...

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  • On December 7, 2016 while addressing a press conference at Lahore, Justice (R) Wajiuddin Ahmed announced the formation of a new political party by the name of Aam Loeg Ittehad (ALI). The city before has been the venue of launch of several political parties. It was here that Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto ...

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  • The menace of the Mian’s continue unabated. Like the 19th and 20th century mafias they seem untouchable. All state institutions have been run over by them, only the Khakis stand out, and lately they have learnt to mind their own business leaving the nation at the mercy of the Charter of ...

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  • After security, garbage collection is the biggest challenge faced by the largest city of the country. In a recent conference on ‘Functional Democracy’ a speaker raised the issue that we now need the Chinese to help to dispose our waste. Prompt came the reply that Karachi is following ...

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  • Imran Khan is often accused of being stubborn and headstrong but perhaps it is the most effective way to fight ‘badmashi’ (roguery). In the checkered politics of Pakistan, roguery has been accepted as a norm. GHQ founded political outfits like MQM and PML-N rely heavily on it. Over the ...

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  • Iftikhar Arif, the famous intellectual and poet penned a very famous poem titled “Barhwan Khilari” (The 12th Man). He talks about the relationship of the player with his sport and how a 12th Man watches the game from the side lines hoping and praying for an accident which may not happen ...

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  • No experience is superior to bad experience. Donald Trump’s election victory in the US presidential elections on November 9, 2016 was based on this approach. While Hillary Clinton talked about her experience of public service he confronted her declaring it as bad experience. The voters were ...

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  • On October 30, 2011 at Minar-e-Pakistan, Kaptaan was the only known force on the stage. It was the peak of his solo flight, standing next to him was Comrade Ahsan Rashid who with his team had built the organisational structure to deliver change. Leaders who deliver change are required to take solo ...

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  • The M-1 is a federal motorway that connects Peshawar with Islamabad the capital of the republic. On October 31, 2016 this thoroughfare was blocked at Swabi to stop the Chief Minister (CM) of KPK from entering Islamabad. While the pitched battle was raging between the Punjab Police sent by ...

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  • Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has no business running NADRA (National Database and Registration Authority) which is an autonomous body. There is a serious conflict of interest. The minister can only give policy directives while executive authority rests with the Chairman. On October 7, ...

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  • Zia and his coterie of generals erected two “Takhts” (thrones). The one in Lahore was headed by Mian Nawaz Sahrif while the other in Karachi was under Altaf Hussain. Kaptaan was the first politician to challenge both remnants of dictatorship. While Altaf’s empire has fallen Mian ...

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  • Political parties win elections to form government on the basis of an ideology. Some seats are won by individuals with the force of their local influence or ability to manipulate the electoral process. Such rent seeking politicians then manage to retain power by jumping from party to party. ...

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  • It seems that the number 30 is lucky for PTI. It emerged as a major political player on October 30, 2011 at Minar-e-Pakistan while it was revived again on September 30, 2016 at Raiwind. Kaptaan’s speech was forceful while all the others before him had least impact. When Khan talks people ...

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  • Honesty, integrity and credibility are the strengths of PTI. In the muddled political arena of Pakistan, Imran Khan stands out as ‘Mr Clean’. His credentials are unmatched by any politician in the arena. The Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Research Hospital (SKMRH) and Namal College ...

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  • Political historians believe that the first assembly of citizens met at Pynx, a small hillock outside Athens around 507 BC. A line was drawn in the middle of the hill, where Athenians had to take sides and be counted. Little did they know that democracy will become a way of life for the civilised ...

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  • Cleanliness in politics comes through ideology, a lack of which results in compromises. The political arena in Pakistan can be divided into three periods, Pre-martial law (1947–1958), Post martial law (1958–1985), and free fall (1985 onwards). Despite manipulations and teething problems ...

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  • Article 25A of the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Right to Education reads, “The state shall provide free and compulsory education to all children of the age of five to sixteen years as may be determined by law”. The bill puts the responsibility on the government of ...

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  • In Punjabi a proverb is widely used “Anni Pai Hui Ay” where as the closest Urdu version is “Andhair Nagri”. The blind pursuit of self-interests is spreading blindness in the nation. Institutions, SOPs, rules, regulations and laws can be over ruled to please the influential ...

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  • From a political stand point Islamabad is barren land. Its rulers have come from outside, some even from far off lands (Moeen Qureshi, Shaukat Aziz). Only Khakis from Rawalpindi have been able to grab power, no local civilian has had the distinction to rule over Pakistan. Ayub Khan, the first ...

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  • At the time of partition Pakistan inherited a colonial establishment that comprised of Military (Khakis), Bureaucrats (Baboos) and Judiciary (Qazis). The founding fathers of the country had a vision for a progressive, democratic state. Initially it was believed the experiment would be short-lived ...

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  • In 2008 when Barack Hussain Obama took oath of office as the 44th President of United States of America (USA) he promised to shut down the infamous Guantanamo prison within a year. For his efforts he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. Less than six months remain before he steps down from ...

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  • Abdul Sattar Edhi passed away on July 08, 2016 due to renal failure at the age of 88 years (1928-2016). A state funeral was organized for him on July 09, 2016 at the National Stadium in Karachi. Both Civil and Military leadership offered his Nama-e-Janaza. Originally Mufti Muhammed Munib was chosen ...

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  • There are rumors that PTI has been sold through a clandestine deal without open bidding to ATMs (Automated Teller Machines) that surround the Kaptaan. For the consummation of the sale the assets have to listed and then transferred to the buyer. The main obstacle in this transaction is that the ...

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  • Zarb-e-Azb is the biggest challenge faced by the Armed Forced of Pakistan under the able leadership of General Raheel Sharif the Chief of Army Staff (COAS). The focus this time is to cleanse the motherland of all terror activities. The Khakis are looking inwards this time not outwards as usual to ...

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  • Silvo Berlusconi the most controversial Prime Minister (PM) of Italy had heart surgery in Milan on June 14, 2016, earlier in May the embattled PM of Pakistan went through a similar procedure in London. As both leaders are businessmen cum politicians it prompted me to write this article. Like Nawaz, ...

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  • A nation is like a ship that has to be kept afloat by collective efforts of its inhabitants otherwise it invariably sinks. Individuals on life rafts never make it on their own without the mother boat. The Pakistan was created by All India Muslim League, which led the movement. It was a democratic ...

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  • On November 30, 1967, addressing a packed YMCA hall on the Mall, Lahore, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) announced the launch of his party-it was named Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). After the formation of the All India Muslim League in 1906 at Decca, this was the first political party of the ...

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  • When Ayub Khan, the first usurper succeeded in packing up the entire democratic order, we the students of the sixties were forced to take on the mantle of the opposition. In Lahore, the Governor’s House on the Mall was symbol of the state hegemony. It was occupied by one of the biggest ...

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