S Tariq

  • TIt was déjà vu, reminding me of the time when Mr. Nawaz Sharif landed in Pakistan because of a family tragedy, during his mutually arranged exile in Saudi Arabia and found that his party leadership had deserted him. With no crowds and no leader to receive him he was dispatched back to ...

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  • TBefore I go on to my featured thread this week, I must, in the interest of Public Service, narrate an incident that impacts on the lives of millions of Pakistanis on a daily basis. Driving from Islamabad towards Rewat on the Expressway, I stopped my car when the traffic light, at the Bahria Town ...

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  • TI happened to be returning home from a social commitment in suburban Islamabad via Kuri Road when I noticed an anomaly. Almost every vertical fixture along the road was bedecked with election posters of PML N and PPP –there was no PTI presence. Curiosity got the best of me, and I started ...

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  • TAs Election Day draws near, an ever increasing amount of adrenalin is being released amidst mounting excitement in both, party activists, voters and candidates. As a Pakistani, I too am effected by this ‘fever’ for in my reckoning the 2018 polls may, through their radical departure from ...

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  • TIn an intriguing twist to the Nawaz Sharif accountability trial, the disqualified Prime Minister’s lawyer withdrew himself from the case on grounds of extreme pressure. In response, the court gave Mr. Sharif till next day to get a new lawyer, generating great hue and cry from the defendant ...

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  • TNever before in modern political history, has a leader abused and insulted his mandate and along with it, the nation, as was demonstrated by the outgoing Chief Minister of Punjab on his last day in office, before an interim successor took over. In a public statement the younger of the two Sharifs, ...

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  • TA few months ago, I was having dinner with an old friend, who lives amidst rustic rural surroundings on Simly Dam Road near Islamabad. It was during the meal that I happened to comment on the appalling condition of the road, in spite of the fact that it led to a major water source for the Federal ...

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  • TThe disqualified Prime Minister’s trial in the accountability court has now entered the final stages. The defendant Mr. Nawaz Sharif has addressed the court in response to a questionnaire issued to him, while his daughter and son in law will be doing the same in the days that follow. In his ...

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  • TWhen an individual assumes the highest elected public office in the land, it is inevitable that he or she will, during the tenure and decision making attached to it, become privy to information that is critically sensitive from national security point of view. That is one reason amongst others that ...

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  • TWith just a few weeks left for the PML-N Government to hand over power to the interim setup as a prelude to general elections, the three main political parties i.e. PTI, PPP and PML-N are raising the heat. Under normal circumstances this would be nothing anomalous, but immature young activists, ...

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  • TA firm believer in the term ‘mukafaat e amal’ I have watched fascinated as the mighty in the land are being brought down one by one. For me the phenomenon that is manifesting itself in the ‘demise’ of the House of Sharif and consequently perhaps even the PML N (or should it ...

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  • TIt was sometimes in 1997 that I found myself spending a few days of well-deserved leisure in Kloten, a town near Zurich Airport in Switzerland. This was my first visit to this earthly paradise, and I was immediately struck by the ‘surgical cleanliness’ of everything within sight. So ...

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  • TI would be very averse to criticism of judicial decisions for two reasons. One that I have complete faith that they are based on wisdom and knowledge of law, derived from decades of faithful service as officers of the courts and second the concern that I may in my ignorance, say something that may ...

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  • TPakistan has a sordid history of corrupt politicians and power hungry military dictators, but never before in its seven decade plus existence has the country been threatened by its own political elite to a point that jeopardizes its very existence. This week’s piece is a wakeup call to those, ...

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  • TReports indicate that The National Accountability Bureau has obtained certified documents from British Authorities, which will be used by the prosecution as definitive evidence against the disqualified Prime Minister, his daughter and son in law. As the accountability trial of the Sharifs ...

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  • TThe past few days have been very interesting ones for me. Interesting because I have been engaging PML-N activists in a bid to discover reasons for their continuing loyalty to Nawaz Sharif in the face of a general public opinion, JIT findings, the Supreme Court decision and the ongoing trial in the ...

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  • TThe other day a young man connected with me on WhatsApp posted angry criticism on the Army, for enforcing the security cordon around the 23 March Parade Venue during a rehearsal. It was apparent that a critical feature of the security arrangements for the annual event, was the denial of certain ...

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  • TIt was in the early hours of 5th July 1977 that General Zia ul Haq staged a successful coup against the elected government of Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, promising to restore democracy within forty days and returning to barracks – Zia’s rule lasted for almost eleven years, only ending when ...

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  • TIn a recent column I had defined ‘mutiny’ and its synonymous connotations as given in the dictionary. I am regretfully, constrained to pick up another word for this week’s piece with equally, if not more sinister meaning i.e. treason. According to Article 6 of our Constitution, ...

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  • TMutiny is defined in the dictionary as ‘an open rebellion against the proper authorities’, while synonymously it is referred to as insurrection, rebellion, revolt, riot, revolution, uprising, rising, coup, coup d’état, putsch, protest, strike etc. We have currently ...

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  • TIn one of my earlier pieces, I had acknowledged the efficacy of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) strategy to neutralize Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI). I had said that since the latter’s decision-making was impetuously over-centralized and inflexible, Mr. Nawaz Sharif’s ...

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  • TWhile a vast majority of Pakistanis (less those that are beneficiaries of our corrupt political system) are satisfied with the ongoing judicial activism, there are credible indications of a conspiracy to cripple two of our most credible national institutions. This ‘strike’ will be ...

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  • TI was coasting on a traffic free road in the Federal Capital, when a loud whistle rudely ripped through the calm. I looked in the side view mirror to discover a pair of blue clad policeman frantically waving at me to stop. Now I am a very careful driver out of habit, never going beyond the ...

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  • TLike an overdue ‘shot in the arm’, a wave of judicial activism is sweeping the country, thanks to the Chief Justice of Pakistan and his honorable colleagues. Sending out a clear message of ‘enough’, Pakistan’s apex judiciary has embarked upon a journey to cleanse a ...

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  • TThey emerged from the Civil Lines Police Station on their white heavy motorcycles spreading fear of law amongst traffic violators - from a ‘tonga’ driver to the high and mighty. They were the ‘Anglo – Indian’ traffic sergeants of Lahore, who had chosen to stay behind ...

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  • TIn my two decades of wielding the pen, I have come to understand what the wise men of old meant, when they said that ‘evil doers only needed to step across the ‘threshold of hesitancy once’ during their lifetime. It is indeed regrettable that nowhere in the world has this adage ...

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  • TA private jet with Saudi markings arrived at Chaklala Airport whisking away the Punjab Chief Minister amidst speculation and rumors, which multiplied, when the presence of the Turkish Foreign Minister was also reported in the Royal Kingdom. More fuel was added as the disqualified Prime Minister and ...

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  • TI have often written that vociferous hatred against state institutions responsible for security or attempts to undermine their capacity to effectively do their duty is synonymous with undermining security itself and such activity by any definition is nothing short of treason. Institutions mandated ...

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  • TThe ‘Land of the Pure’ is suffering – well and truly suffering, thanks to a coterie of looters and liars known to all and sundry as ruling politicians. Heading this gang of self-serving individuals is a dummy Prime Minister, who is unashamedly taking orders from a former Head of ...

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  • TWhen Internet burst upon the scene, who could imagine its global impact on knowledge sharing, telecommunications, commerce, education, entertainment and social peering. While this global network shrunk the world bringing the farthest bit of data (be it text, imagery or sound) within our reach, its ...

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