Dr Ijaz Ahsan

  • It is better for a hundred sheep to be led by a lion than for a hundred lions to be led by a sheep When President Obama sought the opinion of political leaders on the Syria crisis, did he call an APC? No, Sir, he called the Congress. In Britain, David Cameron called Parliament. This is because the ...

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  • The most remarkable elections in Pakistan’s history have just concluded. Under the threat of violence and despite the use of bombs and guns, the people refused to be intimated, so strong was their resolve. The numbers of votes cast, instead of declining due to fear, rose to an unprecedented ...

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  • Our outgoing rulers were very fond of asserting that democracy was the best revenge. However, they forgot that the revenge can be taken not only by their party against dictators or assassins, but also by the people against them for gross misgovernance. Everyone felt the PPP would be out of ...

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  • General (retd) Pervez Musharraf has returned from his self-imposed exile against the advice of many people. He plans to contest the upcoming elections. Perhaps, he’d be able to win them - from Karachi, thanks to the MQM, and Chitral, because of the Lowari Tunnel that was built in his time. It ...

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  • In his article, entitled “Crimson tide”, Fahd Husain has very rightly described the river of blood flowing in Pakistan for the several years. The insurgents have killed 40,000 innocent people, including security forces’ personnel, and, unfortunately, we have failed to control the ...

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  • As soon as the ousted Prime Minister’s back was turned, the Anti-Narcotic Force (ANF) conducted raids to arrest both Musa Gilani and Makhdoom Shahabuddin, in connection with the ephedrine scandal. If they had been arrested, this would have made it into the Guinness Book of World Records. How ...

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  • One had heard cities being described as concrete jungles. However, a jungle of steel is slowly growing before our eyes in our city, and spreading its tentacles far and wide. Lahore has a canal that can be described as its most beautiful manmade object: Thousands of trees lining it, with their ...

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  • Not since the rise of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto in the late 1960s has the country seen a phenomenon like Imran Khan. It, maybe, smaller in scale, yet it is a phenomenon, nevertheless. At that time, the people were fed up of the military rule. Today, they are sick of the unimaginable corruption by the ...

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  • Mir Zafrullah Khan Jamali has recently met Mian Nawaz Sharif in an effort to persuade the latter to get his party, the PML-N, to join the Mutahida Muslim League. The Muslim League has nearly exhausted the letters of the alphabet. Thus, in alphabetical order, there is the Awami Muslim League of ...

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  • A DSP was suspended and five other policemen were arrested the other day after a video showing a police officer publicly beating suspects with a flat leather strap usually called chhittar, as the other cops held down the victims in Bhowana police station of Chiniot district. Each victim was in turn ...

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  • A letter to an editor shows the state of affairs in school education and makes very depressing reading. The letter reads as follows: "In our village Bootlianwali, Tehsil Minchinabad, District Bahawalnagar, a girl's primary school has been sanctioned since a long time, and teachers' posts have been ...

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