Shakeel A. Malik

  • TLike other ventures in the country, the privatisation of state owned enterprises runs into controversies. The policy makers of the time and political parties outside the ruling sphere share responsibility for aborting the divestment bids. While the opposition parties do what they have to, the ...

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  • T“If music be the food of love, play on.” –William Shakespeare   The quality music that touches heart strings is fast fading away in our country. 1980s struck death blow to celluloid Urdu industry that led to sharp fall of mainstream playback Urdu music. This music was at its ...

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  • TEarly in the millennium, the private television channels in Pakistan brought a new trend of news bulletins and current affairs talk shows. This no-holds-barred freedom in the post 9/11 environment heralded in its stride undesirable trends alongside positive ones.   In response to ...

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  • TWhile generally hailed by citizens as landmark initiatives, the bus rapid transit (BRT) or metro bus projects in Lahore and Rawalpindi-Islamabad have come under criticism from some politicians. One reason for inviting such a critique is this system’s visibility and mobility. The debate ...

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  • TSince the coining of the term ‘soft power’ several elements have come to take their place under the canopy of this phrase. These may include anything and everything that can portray a country in favourable light. In discourses about elements of soft power of Pakistan, the role of the ...

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