Sami ur Rahman

  • THe is a devout Muslim. He prays five times a day. He observes fasting during the holy month of Ramazan. He recites the Holy Quran in the morning and evening. His very name is Mohammad Islam. He loves Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) like anybody else does. Nay, he loves him even more. For, when there ...

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  • TWhile the edifice of a new Pakistan is being erected by the same old hands, with the same old devices, in the same old fashion, there is a growing sense of restlessness and disillusionment, witnessed even among the inmates of our madhouse - let alone the normal lot. Here is a heated debate I ...

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  • TAround 7 pm on June 24, the day our dear Prime Minister announced his dramatic decision to indict PM, i.e. General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, on the charges of high treason, I was stopped short by one of the most illustrious lunatics in our mental institution. He had a blank expression on his face ...

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  • TNo one knows his real name. Or his place of birth and background. Or even the date, he was enrolled on in our mental institution. His co-inmates call him “Wi-Fi”, i.e. the wisest of fools. He falls under the category of ‘politically incorrect’, in the official documents - ...

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  • TOne hears a lot about those killed by the incessant power cuts in the press these days. But not so of the poor souls, who lose their minds and are driven mad by the problem. That is, its psychological effect on the general public. Working in a mental institution - which I happen to - gives you an ...

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  • TIf the world thinks of a buffoon as lunaticThe lunatic also thinks of the world as buffoonKhushal Khan Khattak (1613-1689) Working in a madhouse is both great fun and experience. You really know it when you work there. I, for one, serve in one. Lying in the outskirts of Islamabad, it’s on the ...

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  • TEavesdropping is a nasty habit. It is condemnable in certain cases. But not so, when it comes to a political discourse; when the participants are just the common men; and the venue only a small dilapidated cafe. I just cannot help it. I’d listen for hours without end, enjoying the hot debate ...

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  • TStrange are the ways of politics. Stranger still are those of the Providence. One fall off the lifter and the whole nation’s at shock, showering the PTI leader with their sympathetic show of feelings. The fall and the consequent video that emerged in its wake, in which Imran Khan makes a ...

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  • TOverheard in a café the other day. Two guys were debating the upcoming polls. One asked the other: “Don’t you think the Lion’s girding his loins once more and will have a big time in the Punjab again - or for that matter in the whole country?”  “I do. But ...

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  • TOne is at a loss to get the psychology of the boss. While the whole country is mired in a multitude of miseries, the good President is talking high of the upcoming elections, priding himself on his political allies, condemning his foes, presenting a pleasant picture of the economy and, above all, ...

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  • T First, it was the incident of the US marines’ urinating on the dead bodies of the alleged Taliban fighters. Then it was the burning of the copies of the Holy Quran that sparked massive demonstrations and killings in Kabul and elsewhere. And now the wanton killing of 16 innocent Afghans, ...

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  • THere are a few small observations that I came across in the recent past. They are not high-flying cases of financial corruptions by some government official amounting to billions of rupees and which one hears about in the local media every other day, but only teeny-weeny everyday incidences that I ...

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  • T Well, Pakistan has won an Oscar. As part of the usual rite and ritual, a major hype was created by our most vibrant electronic media. There was an instant barrage of congratulatory messages by our politicians. The event was hailed as a huge achievement and something to be celebrated nationwide. ...

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  • T Every time, there is talk of bilateral, trilateral, quadrilateral, regional, continental and international talks on the Afghan issue, one’s mind inexorably turns to the cat belling fable of the Greek sage, Aesop. One is not sure if something of value would ever come out of such closed ...

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  • T While the whole country is echoing with one chant, “go Zardari go”, the question naturally pops up into one’s mind: Where do we actually want ‘His Excellency’ send to? To London, Dubai, Geneva, or some other cosmopolitan city? To the Bilawal House? Or then, back to ...

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  • T God help us, the poor lot. There’s a strange breed of natural disasters surrounding us on all four sides - a breed, which is, paradoxically enough, manmade. We’re caught in Zardari’s twister, on one side. Nawaz’s flood torrent is on the other. There’s this ...

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  • T I don’t know, but ever since I have heard our premier making a naïve allusion to crows in his address to Parliament’s last session, Bapsi Sidhwa’s bestseller The Crow Eaters frequently comes to my mind. That is, perhaps, because the idiom “eating crow” means ...

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  • TWe love you Imran. We love you for your hard work. We love you for your honesty. We love you for the fair game you stand for. Above all, we love you for your patriotism. You won us the World Cup. You won us a good name. You did not beat a cricket team in the 1992 final. You beat an empire. It is ...

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