Dr Farid A Malik

  • TIn August of 1947 the British Raj ended in the Indian Subcontinent. Jinnah as father of the nation refused to accept Lord Mountbatten to continue as Governor General. Nawabzada Liaquat Ali Khan as the first Prime Minister (PM) started the transition towards a democratic state. The colonial ...

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  • TBharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was carved out of RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) by Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Despite his slogan of shining India Vajpayee could not get a second term. Narendra Modi then took over from where he had left to implement the RSS agenda of creating a fascist Hindu State in ...

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  • TDiesel is a dirty fuel worldwide, it is being replaced by cleaner options. About two years back I visited Dublin, Ireland for a European Union (EU) funded project to replace all diesel trucks with CNG (Compressed Natural Gas). EU cargo arrives at the port in Dublin which is then transported all ...

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  • TFazal-ul-Rehman  was elected to the ational Assembly in 1988 from Dera Ismail Khan. His first political venture was a fatwa against a female head of government in a Muslim country. The year was tumultuous, while there was relief in getting rid of the tyrant his two leftovers (Nawaz, Fazal) had ...

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  • TThe rise of Modi has made Gandhi controversial. Either Mohandas was fake or Nirander is real. Even in his life Gandhi was perceived differently by different people. Winston Churchill called him half naked ‘Fakir’. Even Jinnah suspected the hidden intentions behind Gandhi’s ...

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  • TOut of the three revolutions (Bolshevik, Chinese, Iranian), Mao’s People Republic of China(PRC) has emerged as a major economic power of the world. The revolution continues even after 70 years (Oct, 1949 to 2019). President Xi Ping attired in Mao’s revolutionary dress arrived at the ...

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  • TDespite best intentions and efforts governance continues to be a challenge. Too much focus on electoral politics is to be blamed for this shortcoming. Even after over three decades after the death of the third dictator, we have not been able to exorcise his evil spirit from our system. After the ...

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  • TNarendra Damodardas Modi the 14th Prime Minister (PM) of the world’s largest democracy is a very mysterious individual. Not much is known about his private life and his journey to power. Lives with his mother, was married for a brief period in 1968 to Jashodaben Narendrabhai, her whereabouts ...

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  • TRaja Farooq Haider the Prime Minister (PM) of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) delivered a very emotional speech at the recently concluded Senate’s Kashmir Conference. Before him two great Kashmiri leaders (Sardar Ibrahim Khan and K. H. Khurshid) echoed similar views. Kashmiris have to lead the ...

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  • TWith Moodi’s second term in office he is now looking at creating a fascist Hindu Empire while Benjamin Netanyahu is struggling for power in Israel. He too desires to create a fascist Jewish state. Between the two of them both fascism and empire building is back in the 21st century. Hindustan ...

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  • TAfter the First World War (1914-1918) the Nazi Party was formed in Germany in the year 1920. Adolf Hitler who later became the leader of this political outfit joined in 1921. It was a quasi military outfit that promoted physical fitness of its members. Its popularity increased over the years, ...

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  • TIn countries with constitutional democracy quasi-military organizations like RSS should not exist. In the West most white supramist organizations like Klu Klux Klan (KKK) are banned. In Pakistan too all such organizations have been shut down. ‘Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’ (RSS) which ...

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  • TNo army of the world can effectively confront the enemy if it loses public support. It is the inevitable lesson of history which is mostly ignored by the powerful. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. On December 16, 1971, Lt. Gen. A. A. K. Niazi Command­er of the Eastern ...

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  • TThe Prime Minister (PM) is right in saying that by invoking Article 370 of which 35A is a part of the constitution, India has played the last card on Kashmir. Unlike the Nehru family led Indian National Congress (INC), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wants to settle Kashmir as they desire to build ...

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  • TUnbridled greed translates to “tammah’. In Persian they say that the word is lethal as it has no punctuations or dots. It is a loose cannon with no limits. Individuals like Sharifs and Zardaris are a living proof of this curse. While in jail the Ex-President can neither eat nor walk ...

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  • TAt a price of $ 11.34 per MMBTU LNG for most Pakistanis is as unaffordable as buying a Rolls Royce automobile. The only difference being that RLNG (Regasified Liquefied Natural Gas) is readily available while Rolls Royce cars are sold to qualified buyers only. A few years back I had the chance of ...

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  • TInstitutional collapse in the country has taken place mainly because of both over and under staffing. Over staffing causes financial burdens and lowers the efficiency of the organization while under staffing seriously affects sustainability as there are no replacements when individuals retire. ...

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  • TNations must learn from history but unfortunately we do not. Political tangles are once again on the rise. This is not the first time that the entanglement has been carried too far to the extent of tearing the system apart. There is a Persian saying that says; ‘jokes are fun as long as they ...

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  • TGrowing up on the Mall Road was both interesting and rewarding. In the sixties the ‘Janaza’ of Khaksar Leader Inayatullah Khan Mashriqi was massive while in the seventies Khawaja Muhammad Rafique funeral was very impressive. Despite being a Muslim League Child, I followed closely the ...

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  • TPakistan is finally on the world Coal Map. On July 08, 2019 power generated from Thar Coal entered the national grid; electricity is now being produced by combustion of the local Lignite. At 175 billion tons this is one of the largest coal deposits of the world. The coalfield is spread over 9,000 ...

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  • TAs crimes of ‘omission’ are not punished in the land of the pure ‘commission’ has become very lucrative business. In the administrative set up nothing moves without speed money. Malik Riaz, the leading real estate developer of the country has openly admitted that he has to ...

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  • TPakistan has been devoured by ‘political monsters’ of all kinds and sizes. There is an Urdu verse “Kaaba kis Munh se Jaoge Ghalib” (with what face will you go to holy Kaaba?). Though the moulds were put into place much earlier but the deadliest period started in July 1977. ...

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  • TWAPDA (Water and Power Development Authority) was formed by an act of the parliament on February 22, 1958. It was a central body to cater to the water and power needs of the country. Successful completion of the two major dams (Mangla, Tarbela) was the hallmark of this organization while failure to ...

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  • TIn 1981 Mian Nawaz Sharif was inducted as Finance Minister in the Punjab Government. According to the then Governor Lt. Gen Ghulam Jilani Khan (Jill) he had forwarded three names to the President Gen Zia-ul-Haq. It was Zia who supported Nawaz as he was considered most amenable with no political ...

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  • TOn August 14, 1947 Pakistan started off well, common good was on everyone’s agenda. Jinnah the first Governor General died on September 11, 1948 while the Prime Minister (PM) Liaquat Ali Khan was assassinated on October 16, 1951. Khawaja Nazimuddin a prominent politician from the Eastern Wing ...

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  • TThis is my own story. On June 02, 1953 I came into this world. As the day coincided with the coronation of Queen Elizabeth the second, the city of Lahore was in a festive mood. We lived in Anarkali right on the intersection of Mall Road and the two Anarkalis. If my coordinates are not off, from the ...

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  • TSir Syed Ahmed Khan after retiring from service at the age of 55 years decided to bring the Muslims of the Indian Sub-Continent into the mainstream. As a starting point he chose history to lift the morale of his brothers in faith. He requested the intellectual heavyweight of the century Mirza ...

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  • TIt was Rudyard Kipling who set the tone by bagging the Nobel Prize in literature in 1907. As editor of the Civil and Military Gazette newspaper he spends a considerable in the city. His novel ‘Kim’ was based on the setting of Lahore. The ‘Kims Gun’ proudly stands on the ...

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  • T‘UBUNTU’ is a tribal African concept of sharing the bounties of life to contain sadness. “I am because we are.” Humans are interlinked. If rivers are polluted the entire country suffers, if the contamination reaches the oceans the world suffers. Today the global warming ...

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  • TAccording to the popular analyst Najam Sethi corruption is an essential ingredient of capitalism. It provides the incentive for efficiency. Without personal gains no system can be made productive. In Pakistan over the years the common good has been totally ignored. With non-functional institutions ...

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