Mansoor Alam

  • TMachiavelli is a well known historical figure and his book The Prince written in 1513 but published 5 years after his death in 1532 is considered an all time classic. His whole life was spent in Florence, now in Italy, but then an independent principality, one of the many city states which were ...

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  • TSince time immemorial human beings have devised certain moral and ethical principles which are observed by peoples of all colour, creed and race all over the world and across all cultural frontiers to govern themselves peacefully. They are also called virtues and vices and some of these have even ...

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  • TEight years of absolute rule but very little result. Eight years during which the country received over 50 billion dollars from overseas, but nothing seems to have gone into industry or agriculture. Eight years of one-man rule with the largest cabinets at the centre and in the provinces but almost ...

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  • TIs it the beginning of the final scene or its end, only time will tell, but I have no doubt that the Long March spelt the end of dictatorship in Pakistan. I know that the sycophants will call me mad, the cynics, a day-dreamer and my friends, an incorrigible optimist. But I smell the scent of a ...

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  • TThe recent revelations made by Lt Gen Gulzar Kiyani (LGGK) and Dr A Q Khan (Dr AQK) in two separate TV interviews must have come as a bolt from the blue for the beleaguered President Pervez Musharraf (PPM). They must have also shocked his loyalists and the innocent people who had still carried ...

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  • TPakistani politics has clearly entered a new phase with the fiery speech delivered by Mian Nawaz Sharif on May 28 before a large crowd in Lahore to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the nuclear test. That speech signifies a point of no return between the two coalition partners irrespective of the ...

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  • TAccording to newspaper reports, President Musharraf told Chaudhry Shujaat and Punjab Governor Salman Taseer that "politics of confrontation can harm democratic institutions." He also underscored the need for the promotion of restraint and tolerance in politics. He is absolutely right ...

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  • TIslamabad, the beautiful capital of Pakistan, is becoming stranger and stranger. First, the diplomatic enclave was barricaded and put out of bound for the common Pakistanis. Until then he needed a visa to enter a foreign country now he needs a permit (visa) to enter the diplomatic enclave. Under ...

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  • TMost Pakistanis believe that feudalism is the main cause of Pakistan's plight and to a great extent they are right. However, when they think of feudalism they think only of its classical form. Big land holdings, debauched and cruel landowners, over worked and under fed tillers, whose women enjoy a ...

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