Dr Farid A Malik

  • 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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  • A few weeks ago, the driver of a minivan slept at the wheel while travelling on the Motorway (M-2). He crashed into a truck resulting in five casualties. Several slogans have been displayed on the road saying “Speed thrills but kills”, “Don’t drive if you are tired”, ...

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  • While addressing a group of journalists the Prime Minister (PM) indicated that the intelligence agencies have collected reliable date on the activities of all-important functionaries of the state. When the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) presented a ten volume report on the corruption of Mian ...

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  • In the absence of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), transparency, and accountability nothing can be delivered. There is no mechanism nor drivers to strive for common good. The nation is at the mercy of cyclones and hurricanes. For its logical completion every journey needs a driver and a road ...

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  • Recep Tayyip Erdogan the President of Turkey is the first leader of the Islamic World to highlight his fears of losing Madinah to the Israeli onslaught. Unless contained, the evil designs of Benjamin Netanyahu should not be a hidden secret. He faces strict resistance in his own country. In the ...

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  • Naeem ul Haq, a close friend of the Prime Minister ( PM ) and PTI stalwart passed away on February 15, 2020. He was the third pillar of the party to have fallen after Comrade Ahsan Rashid and Syeda Saloni Bokhari. In his first speech the Prime Minister (PM) acknowledged the services of both Ahsan ...

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  • When it comes to short term personal interests, perhaps we are the smartest people that ever stepped on the earth. Unfortunately for long term common good we are grossly incompetent. The Prime Minister is right there is a lot of local talent but mostly misdirected and misguided. We started off well ...

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  • I was always impressed by the austerity of our parents generation in general. Resources of the state in particular were handled even more prudently. Official cars were used only for pick and drop to the office. Abdur Rab Nishtar as governor kept a log of his personal calls to be covered out of his ...

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  • Without weeding out the ‘Political Mafias’ the future of Pakistan will remain bleak. The Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) in its historic judgment in the Panamagate case on July 28, 2017 disqualified Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif from holding any public office. The bench was headed by ...

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  • The son of Bhera, Sikandar Sultan Raja has been tasked to ensure the next credible election in the land of the pure. In the checkered political history of Pakistan only the 1970 electoral contest remains indisputable. Only Jamaat-e-Islami complained after a poor showing winning only four seats in ...

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  • Common purpose, destiny, legacy, good have all become uncommon in the 21st century, Greed dominates, sharing and caring has diminished it is not just a unipolar world it has became uniperson. Everyone is for himself, civil society is in serious decline. Even environment has not been spared. While ...

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  • ‘No government is the best government’ these were the words of President Ronald Reagan. As a student in the eighties such statements were music to the ears. For the first time after the Second World War, two elected leaders of the free word (Reagan, Thatcher) conspired to weaken the ...

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  • Own the nation rest will fall into place. Chairman Mao Tse Tung was perhaps the most outstanding leader of the 20th century. He also said, ‘Revolution comes through the barrel of the gun’. While the state in the ‘People’s Republic of China’ (PRC) takes care of every ...

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  • On June 12, 1987, as leader of the free world, President Ronald Reagan stood in front of the Berlin Wall saying, “Tear Down this wall”. Within a span of about two years the wall came down on November 09, 1989. Freedom was in the air, East Germany was liberated from the fascist Soviet ...

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  • The combined opposition parties are demanding fresh elections. Unless the ground rules are worked out it may prove to be an exercise in futility. In the checkered political history of Pakistan only free, fair and indisputable electoral exercise speaks for itself. By most counts the ballot in 1970 ...

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  • It takes a thief to catch a thief, diamond cuts diamond, poison neutralizes poison etc, and these proverbs are widely used in the English language. The bottom line being that it has never been easy to catch a thief. Committing a theft has never been a trivial affair. Despite powerful slogans like ...

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  • Keeping the boss happy has always been considered an important trait in our times in order to rise in the ranks of service. In developing countries like Pakistan where the monitoring mechanisms are weak and there are massive cover ups, a very dangerous breed of people has emerged over a period of ...

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  • I will break your legs: this threat is widely used in Punjab and is very effective in intimidating the ordinary folks. Breaking legs is a bailable offense but its effects are crippling for ever. Over the years we have been crippled as a nation while the offenders keep getting bail after bails. When ...

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  • Lord Louis Mountbatten was the last Viceroy of India (Feb – Aug 1947). After the passage of the Indian independence act in July 1947 the post of Viceroy ceased to exist after the partition on August 14, 1947. Mountbatten then became Governor General for India while Muhammad Ali Jinnah assumed ...

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  • Passion has been in short supply in the land of the pure. Ever since the house of Sharif entered the political arena an effective system of personal profits has been introduced to perfection. Nothing moves unless driven by individual gains. Without passionate efforts there can be no change. While ...

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  • In 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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  • Bharatiya 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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  • Diesel 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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