Dr Farid A Malik

  • Now that political battle lines have been drawn, the race is on for the coveted slot of Chief Minister (CM) Punjab. When it comes to governance, the regime of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto stands out. One may not agree with his political philosophy but his administrative brilliance is acknowledged. Punjab ...

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  • The experts have spoken, Pakistan is heading towards a serious water crises and no one seems to be bothered. The issue is not of clean drinking water (Saaf Paani) alone, the entire system is under threat. Under the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) three rivers were handed over to India that included Ravi, ...

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  • ‘Tie Ge Men’ (Real Iron Brothers); that is how the Pak-China friendship is described. Pakistan was the first non-communist country to recognise the People’s Republic of China and established full diplomatic relations on May 21, 1951. The relationship is now time tested. The ...

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  • It has been reported in the press that the government has decided to dismantle the Engineering Development Board (EDB). The organisation was created to develop the engineering sector of the country which it has badly failed to do. With an export target of $1 billion it could only achieve 20% of ...

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  • On April 24, 1915 the combined forces of Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand attacked Gallipoli to topple the Caliphate in Istanbul. They were in for a surprise. General Mustafa Kamal Pasha and his troops fought valiantly. Badly bruised and defeated, the attackers had to retreat on April 25, ...

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  • Recently the President of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has highlighted the importance of Industry-academia linkages. In the year 2003 as Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation, I approached the same Chamber for a meeting, which was turned down. At that time the city was doing ...

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  • “Those who cast votes change nothing those who count change everything.” – Stalin  How can protection of the vote be ensured? If the fate of the nation is decided by the people who count then it is an exercise in futility. Voters stand in long queues to cast their ballots and ...

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  • The future of ‘Saaf Paani’ (clean drinking water) is depicted in the photograph below that was published in The Nation on May 23, 2017. The filtration plant is located in the Fateh Garh area of Mughalpura Lahore the constituency of PML-N stalwart Sheikh Rohail Asghar. Mian Iftikharuddin ...

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  • After reading two articles on the development of Chiniot minerals I was motivated to write this note. Ansar Barn’s article appeared on April 14, 2017 titled, “Chiniot from a dream treasure trove to steel mills promise” followed by Malik Muhamamd Ahmad Khan’s write up on ...

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  • From Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s (ZAB) socialist approach of Roti, Kapra, Makan to Shaukat Aziz’s free market and deregulation Pakistan has come full circle. Short-cut Aziz talked about “Pakistan Incorporated”. He believed in privatisation, deregulation, globalisation and ...

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  • Perhaps Kaptaan has now become a brand name for PTI Incorporated (PTI Inc). Corporate resources like jets and helicopters are now at the disposal of party leadership. Gone are the days of sweat and struggle. Instead of an “Aam Admi Party”, the Tehrik is in the control of the ...

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  • ‘Awami Astifa’, or a public forced resignation, is an interesting concept. After the Panama case verdict PML-N leadership is constantly provoking the public to decide. In case of moral bankruptcy most governments resort to such tactics to gain time. Pervez Musharraf used the term ...

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  • Ever since Asif Zardari has declared that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will be the next Prime Minister (PM), panic bells have started to ring. PML-N was the first to react by saying, “People will decide”. This is a new one from a party that is known for stealing elections and already stands ...

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  • On April 10, 1973 an agreement was reached on the permanent Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) was the chief architect of this sacred document whose main features are: democratic, parliamentary and federal (DPF). Despite onslaughts and intrigues this article ...

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  • The resolution for Pakistan was passed seventy seven years ago. On August 14, 2017 we will be seventy years old. Salman Rushdi’s first novel was titled “Freedom at Midnight”. It was his own story, the two came into the world together. With fictitious names he narrated the events ...

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  • It was November 1967 I stood face to face with Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) at the YMCA Hall on the Mall. Clad in white double breast suit he was beaming with energy. He announced the formal launching of his Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). After the launch of all India Muslim League in Decca in ...

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  • According to PML-N Punjab President Shahbaz Sharif, his party will wipe out all other parties in the next election. Hopefully it will be done through votes and not the traditional Muslim League Wipers also termed “Jhurlu”. The track record of this party and its leaders is very poor. In ...

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  • Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani and Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq unveiled a monument at the Parliament House for the unsung heroes of democracy. Sardar Sahib talked about the Supremacy of the parliament. Comrade Rabbani has indeed strong democratic credentials but the PML-N ...

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  • Every year Dr. Khalifa Abdul Hakim memorial lecture is arranged in the auditorium of the Quaid-e-Azam Library. This year the speaker was Engineer Masood Hasan who talked about the development of technology on March 04, 2017. Hasan Sahib is the senior most Chemical Engineer of the country with PEC ...

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  • Considering the flight of the people of Pakistan it is abundantly clear that there are enemies in the midst. Centuries ago wise men said, “Know thy enemy”. Opinions differ on the extent of damage caused by the evil-doers but there is consensus that the establishment is the number one ...

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  • Credible ballot drives democracy, in the absence of it democracy is a farce. Pakistan was created by the power of vote and only it can sustain it. The founding fathers of the country were all elected, including the founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah himself. Though periods of true democracy have been ...

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  • In a recent get together everyone was wondering why the government of PML-N is only interested in building roads and transport systems. Prompt came the reply that it is all they can do. This imposed political leadership is visionless and directionless. In Punjab ‘Qalandri’, of Shehbaz ...

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  • We, the students of sixties and seventies, not only toppled the impregnable dictatorship of Ayub Khan we also played a pivotal role in holding of the first and the only free and fair election in 1970. Since then ten electoral exercises have been rigged between 1977 and 2013. The dharna at Lalik ...

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  • If the next elections are held without major electoral reforms, it will be as futile an exercise as the ten elections held after the 1970 free and fair election. The 1973 constitution has failed to deliver an honest ballot. Institutional domains are defined in the constitution for the will of the ...

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  • In Punjab PML-N remains unbeatable not because of its deeds rather due to its misdeeds. Its manipulative mechanisms are well entrenched. Recently, while buying fruit I had an interesting interaction. I asked the vendor whom did he vote for, prompt came the reply Imran Khan but he lamented that his ...

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  • Upper deck politicians were created by the establishment. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (ZAB), the first real politician, was himself once an upper deck politician who was introduced by President Iskander Mirza. ZAB then broke ranks with his political mentors and decided on his own flight. Pakistan Peoples ...

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  • In 2007 when civil society came out in support of the Lawyers Movement, the purpose was to enforce the rule of law. Restoration of the deposed judges were a means to an end. Iftikhar Chaudhry’s defiance was praise worthy, which combined with the agitational skills of Comrade Aitzaz Ahsan ...

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  • 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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