S Tariq

  • TEven the so called liberals are now saying that a divine hand appears to be sorting out the mess that was ‘Pakistan’, a few weeks ago. I remember my elders saying that whenever this happens, retribution or corrective action is manifested through earthly hands – in this case these ...

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  • TYesterday, one of my grandchildren, who is intellectually much older than his twelve years, popped a question that momentarily left me flatfooted. “Aboo”, he said “Did we get independence so that we could be ruled by thieves and traitors?” It took me a few seconds to muster ...

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  • TIn an earlier column, I had drawn a parallel between the ‘Land of the Pure’ and Lewis Carol’s mythical kingdom beyond the ‘rabbit hole’. The similarities had roots in what we have been watching day and night on the political chessboard. Topping the list of players ...

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  • TWhatever is happening in the ‘Land of the Pure’ is enough to generate the feeling that we are living in a place much like the one that Alice went to, through the ‘Rabbit Hole’. It was days ago that first the Senate and then the Lower House, passed legislation allowing a ...

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  • TThe Army Chief’s keynote address at the Seminar in Karachi was nothing but the stark truth, which sent our Interior Minister into a frenzy of angry theatrics. Now, the honorable Minister is an Engineer with a lot of experience in tractor building, which does not qualify him academically or ...

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  • TThere is a story about the young woman, who married a tanner’s son and found herself engulfed in the nauseous fumes of the type that usually pervade the atmosphere around leather tanneries. A month after her arrival in the new household, the girl noticed that the awful smell had ceased and ...

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  • TPakistan’s former Prime Minister, disqualified by the Supreme Court, for practices detrimental to his office had to, in addition, relinquish Party Leadership in accordance with law. Weeks later, in a bizarre drama staged at the Convention Center in Islamabad, Mr. Nawaz Sharif was restored to ...

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  • TIt was a treat to see and hear Maliha Lodhi exercising her ‘right to reply’ privilege in the UN General Assembly Session, in response to the Indian Foreign Minister’s speech. It was during her brilliant performance that Ms. Lodhi picked up and briefly showed the photograph of a ...

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  • TAs expected, the birds appear to have flown the coop raising the specter of another NRO. One of my political pundits insists that the script for departure was beautifully written and timed by the former Prime Minister and his principal advisors. First an ‘unbeatable reason’ was created ...

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