Dr Farid A Malik

  • Suddenly the stealing of votes is being highlighted by the same individuals who were selected, trained and then launched for this very purpose. Historically speaking, the ‘Sarkari Leagues’ or the ‘Kings Parties’ were created for this purpose. As a Muslim League child, I have ...

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  • October 18, 2020 will be recorded as one of the darkest days in the history of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. By shouting at the father of the nation, Capt (R) Muhammad Safdar, the domesticated son-in-law of Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif (NS) of Gawalmandi has proven beyond doubt that NS is the ...

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  • Power without political struggle has always been disastrous. In the chequered political history of Pakistan, there have been only two genuine national political parties. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) resigned from the cabinet of the first dictator and started his political struggle by forming Pakistan ...

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  • The scourge of colonisation continues in the 21st century, only the players and methods have changed. Historically, European powers were known for colonising weaker nations. Technology was used as a very effective weapon to conquer and dominate. The Portuguese, French, Dutch, British all indulged ...

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  • Like most state institutions, the bureaucracy should also be declared sick and then appropriately treated. I was motivated to write on this subject after reading the article; “Are Service Reforms Enough” written by a very senior retired bureaucrat who remained Chief Secretary in several ...

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  • Now that Gawalmandi is being discussed both by the leader of the house and opposition, I decided to share my memories of the place. As a person who grew in the city, I usually ask my students about various locations in the metropolis. There are several approaches to the place, get on to the Hall ...

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  • About 20 to 30 million years ago, large mammals like the dinosaurs roamed the earth. Once these beasts were gone, other smaller animals found room to grow. In the year 1985, a team of the Geological Survey of Pakistan (GSP) discovered in the Bugti Hills area of Balochistan the remains of the ...

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  • Nothing happens in the absence of conviction or commission. As the era of conviction and ideology is over, without upfront payment no work is possible in the administrative set up in the land of the pure. The current impasse that the country faces is because of this shortcoming. As commissions are ...

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  • Most civil litigation is frivolous and avoidable, as it is caused mainly because of the executive abuse. Instead of conceding, the colonial bureaucracy is required to contest every wrong decision. Accountability through the judiciary is almost impossible, in the not-too-recent past, senior officers ...

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  • After the partition of the Subcontinent on August 14,1947, while there was an inflow of refugees, there was also mass exodus of Hindus and Sikhs to the other side of the border leaving behind their properties and wealth. To rehabilitate the Muslims who opted for the new land, a department of ...

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  • The institutional collapse of civilian institutions is grossly underestimated. The chain of command no longer exists in most government departments. Even able officers have been rendered ineffective. The unavailability of reliable record is the most widely-practised escape route by the unscrupulous ...

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  • The outgoing country director of World Bank (WB), Ilango Pachamuthu who hails from Sri Lanka made interesting remarks about Pakistan and its bulging youth population, which he has described as ‘passionate for change’. Our young population is our strength, provided they are steered in ...

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  • The opposition parties are planning to organise an All Parties Conference (APC) after Eid-ul-Azha to plan the way forward. Those who have taken the country backwards in the last forty years (1977 to 2018) are now in a position to tell us the way forward? What a brilliant transformation. Those who ...

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  • It was early 1971, I was preparing for my FSc exams. We went to visit our extended family living on Shalimar Road, where I came across Amir Ahmed Khan Niazi Sahib (late), who had just moved there after retirement from government service. He was a forest officer who rose to the position of Secretary ...

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  • When King John reluctantly signed the Magna Carta in London on June 15, 1215 the rule of the Royal Court or ‘darbar’ came to an end. An era of individual freedom and political liberties was ushered in. The rule of law, justice and fair trial started for which a ‘sarkar’ or ...

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  • Alamgir Khan, the founder and leader of the ‘Fix It’ movement of Karachi, stood on the largest choked rainwater drain of the city, warning the people of the looming disaster now that the monsoon season has started. Waseem Akhtar, the sitting mayor of the metropolis claims that his ...

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  • Currently there is an ongoing search for the capital city of the new province of Southern Punjab. Multan seems to be the winner. After the infamous 18th Amendment while Islamabad has been cut to size, the position of the Chief Minister (CM) has become very important. While I fully support ...

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  • The year was 1964; a young Tariq Aziz came to the office of General Manager Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) Ubaid-ur-Rehman seeking a job. Ubaid Sahib, who was working in Civil Aviation Authority as Chief Engineer (Communications) before starting PTV in 1962 as a joint venture with Nippon ...

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  • June brings memories and emotions as it is the month of my birth. During this period, I usually write about my own journey. Hailing from the first-born generation of Pakistan, we are an important link between the founding fathers and the future generations of Pakistan. My father, the soldier of the ...

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  • As a political activist, I could never imagine that one day political resistance would intermingle with corruption. In the Ayub era, the political ‘dark ages’, democratic minds challenged the autocratic rule. Courts came to the rescue of such freedom-loving individuals like Ghulam ...

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  • The Hindu savastika is a caste symbol of peace and happiness. Adolf Hitler used the same sign, slightly modified, to espouse the superiority of the Aryan race. Like the Hindu fundamentalist outfit Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) that rules over India today, the Nazi party came into power in 1933 ...

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  • Before the end of the last century most gains of human equity were neutralised by greed-driven, inhuman leaders like Thatcher and Reagan. After three revolutions (Bolshevik-1917, Chinese-1949, Iranian-1979) and two world wars (WW I, WW II) that carried heavy human toll, humans had reached an ...

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  • After over seven decades of its existence, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan continues to suffer from the menace of senseless action or sinful inaction. In the early sixties, the Cornelius Commission was the first major effort to introduce administrative reforms to create a balance between action ...

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  • Where white collar crime is involved, the much-revered common law seems helpless. Onus of proof is on the accuser while the accused has several remedies including bail. Conviction can take decades as multiple remedies of appeal are available. Over the years, delay mechanisms have been developed to ...

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  • On August 14,1973 Pakistan attained the status of a constitutional democracy. It should have been the end of the colonial era based on the Government of India Act 1930 but it was not. The elected government of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto which called itself the ‘awami hukumat’ (the ...

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  • Cameron Munter, the former United States Ambassador (210-2012) to Pakistan on a recent visit, talked about the past, present and future potential of the country. According to the Ambassador, the republic emerged as a model of development in the sixties. Several Asian countries including South Korea ...

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  • Business and politics cannot co-exist as they have no commonalities. While a businessman never misses an opportunity to make money, a politician has to serve the people to retain his position. Till the first martial law in October 1958, most politicians were honest and credible mainly because ...

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  • Understanding of technology and its transfer into manufacturable products is grossly misunderstood in the land of the pure. Focussed research is the starting point; then comes the challenge of its application and commercialisation. Technology is the application of scientific research which is then ...

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  • When the chips are down state intervention becomes imminent. In the current corona pandemic, all eyes are focused on the Prime Minister (PM). There are serious concerns about the post-corona economy. My friend, Dr Kamal Monnoo the economist, has written in detail about what needs to be done. His ...

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  • On March 14, 2020, people from all walks of life gathered to pay their last tribute to a great comrade. The socialist, democrat politician who rose to be the Finance Minister in the first cabinet of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) passed away at the age of 98 years. He took on the elite who were the ...

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