S Tariq

  • The circus has returned once more to provide more conclusive evidence that politics in Pakistan stinks worse than a putrefied carcass. The stench that pervades our political culture comes to us on a daily basis from a rostrum outside the Supreme Court, where dignified speech is tossed to the winds ...

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  • The spirit of our founding father Muhammad Ali Jinnah must at last be at peace, as in a historical moment, the nation watched the mightiest in the land and their kin held accountable for their deeds. This defining event was made possible by a few good men with courage and conviction, who ...

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  • When this piece is published, the Joint Investigation Team appointed by the Supreme Court would have entered the closing stages of its investigation into money laundering allegations against the Sharif Family. This is the second time in our national history that powerful individuals would have ...

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  • It was one of the most horrific man made calamities in the history of the nation that not only cast a pall of gloom on Eid festivities, but demonstrated the ‘dark’ side of our national character – greed, avarice and stupidity. A petrol tanker overturned on the highway near ...

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  • Oh jubilation! Pakistan came up from the bottom to win the coveted ICC Champions Trophy. It was done through a change in mindset, determination, great technical and tactical application, outstanding captaincy and lots of luck. For the Indians, the humiliation came as an unbelievable shock proving ...

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  • By the time this weekly piece comes out in print and if all goes well, Mr. Nawaz Sharif will be preparing himself to appear before the JIT that is probing allegations against him with reference to money laundering. While this day will go down in our national history as a milestone, the event will ...

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  • A close relative recently decided to quit his job and go into business by himself. I watched him with interest and apprehension, since I knew that in setting up his company, he would be confronted with ‘gaping mouths’ demanding illegal gratification and attitudes to match. My concern ...

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  • It is a woeful day for democracy, accountability and rule of law in the history of our country. A Karachi based, top ranking leader from the ruling party has publicly threatened those implementing orders of the Supreme Court on accountability, with dire consequences. By implication, these threats ...

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  • When Mr Modi, a radical Hindu extremist responsible for the Gujrat massacre became the Prime Minister of India, we expected a turn for the worse as far as Indo-Pak relations were concerned. This scenario began to unfold with rhetoric, which was in stages ratcheted up, to unprovoked violations on ...

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  • Good governance is an indeterminate term used in the international development literature to describe how public institutions conduct public affairs and manage public resources. An essential component of such governance is the ability of public officials to disseminate its benefits to each citizen ...

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  • The Miriam – Webster Dictionary describes ‘Patriotism’ as ‘love for or devotion to one’s country’. The English term patriot was first attested in the Elizabethan era, via Middle French from Late Latin (6th century) ‘Patriota’, meaning ...

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  • This week’s piece was inspired by the sight of two men and a woman on a road in rural Islamabad. The woman had a ‘polio team’ box slung over her shoulder, while the middle aged man was carrying some papers. It was however, the third person in this team, who caught my attention. ...

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  • In my books, the definition of a failed state is not how experts on the subject usually describe it. A state is what its leaders and nation make it. Regretfully, Pakistan’s dynastic political leadership has not only been corrupt to the core, but can be held culpable of high treason because of ...

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  • I have for the past few months been trying to figure out as to why there is such a hoo-ha being generated over the reported offer of a new job to the recently retired Chief of the Army Staff. The son of an old soldier, who honourably doffed his uniform as a major and brother of two valiant ...

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  • I have just returned after seeing the full dress rehearsal of the Joint Services Pakistan Day Parade in the Federal Capital. Millions of my fellow citizens will be witnessing the real event with their own eyes or through their television screens, as this piece comes out in print. I have no words to ...

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  • I was once forced to stop my vehicle at a busy Faisalabad intersection many years ago by a ‘tamashbeen’ crowd that had gathered in the middle of the road to watch a battle between, what were perhaps two enraged motorists. One of the parties in the conflict had an advantage of height and ...

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  • The end of the Mayan Calendar in 2012, precipitated a spate of movies focusing on the Armageddon theme, while social media spread stories that generated sporadic panic. While much of what we saw was fiction, our planet and its surrounding protective envelope is in reality undergoing a ...

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  • I come from a generation that has watched this ‘Land of the Pure’ fumble and stumble through seven decades of existence. Ruled by politicians, who ought to have been strung up publicly and toyed around by dictators with grand illusions about their indispensability, we the nation have ...

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  • I was recently in Lahore for a few days. The Punjab Capital is the city of my birth, the place where I received my education and later ‘tied the proverbial knot’ before settling down for compelling reasons in the Federal Capital. My attachment with what was once the ‘City of ...

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  • Never before in the history of the United States of America has there been a President more controversial than Mr Donald Trump. A billionaire, with strong ties to the Jewish (and therefore Israeli) lobby; business connections with the Russians and tendencies that reminds one of the notorious gunman ...

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  • I hung my head in abject shame as a member of the media quartet addressed the press outside the Supreme Court targeting the PTI Chairman in language that crossed all limits of decency. This display of being ‘more loyal to the king than the king himself’ reflected in no uncertain terms ...

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  • These days I am halfway through a book titled, ‘Ramblings and Recollections of a British Official in India’ by W H Sleeman. This amazing gentleman, who rose to the rank of a general in the ‘Company’s Army’ was responsible to completely eliminate the cultish practice of ...

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  • It has now been irrevocably proved that our lower House of Legislature is not sacrosanct. A clear message has been sent to the nation that anything uttered on its august floor must never be accepted as the truth, but a political statement or in simpler terms – a lie. By implication therefore, ...

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  • The advent of steam-driven machines and engines forced inventors to devise a way to release immense pressures that built up inside boilers and pipes in order to avoid terrible explosion related accidents. The human body is also a machine, but with unlimited intelligence, emotive power and ...

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  • The current political scenario created by the two major parties which have ruled this country since the ouster of Musharraf’s government reminds me of a celebrated painting and a tale that I read a long time ago – the oil on canvas masterpiece was titled ‘After the Storm’, ...

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  • The gloves are off and the true face of our ruling ‘democratic culture’ stands exposed. In what can only be called a ‘midnight coup’, the government has abolished the autonomous nature of regulatory authorities designed to maintain a check and balance on decision-making and ...

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  • According to the headcount done in 2013, Pakistan’s population stood at 182.1 million. Ruling this sea of humanity, wherein illiteracy, lawlessness and poverty run rampant, is a coterie of politicians, who are not only corrupt themselves, but think nothing of corrupting institutions by ...

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  • We are currently being forced to watch and reap the fruits of what can aptly be termed as the worst political era in our history. The business of ‘leadership’ has always been deemed dignified, wise and to be taken seriously. Pakistanis are however, at the mercy of corrupt and morally ...

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  • I saw the traffic jam a little too late to be side stepped and found myself stuck in a gridlock from which there was no escape. It was after half an hour of twiddling my thumbs and a missed appointment that I walked almost half a kilometer to the cause of the snarl – no policeman, no traffic ...

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  • By the time this piece is printed, the much awaited announcement of who would command the Pakistan Army should have been made. If not, then the Pakistani nation will have the benefit of some more time in passing their idle hours ‘selecting’ the new Chief. Whichever of the two scenarios ...

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