Umar Riaz

  • TIt was the night of the final. It was the night of victory. It was the night of happiness, celebration and fireworks. And it was the night of death. Syed Hussain Raza Zaidin of Karachi and Noeen Shah of Nowshera KPK are no more. One was fifteen years of age, the other just six. One lived in the ...

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  • TIt was November 25, 1993. The city was Cairo, the capital of Egypt. The event was a bomb blast, a car bomb. The target was the Prime Minister of Egypt, Atef Sedki. The attack was orchestrated by the head of Islamic Jihad at the time and now head of Al-Qaeda – Ayman al Zawahiri. The attack was ...

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  • TCivil Servants or bureaucrats are agents of the public and hence they are also called public servants. It is expected that as agents, they will uphold interest of their principle in contrast to their self interest. This principal-agent relationship also entails that they will be competent enough to ...

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  • TNAB has entered into a plea bargain with former Secretary Finance Balochistan for Rs 3.25 billion, including one billion by his fellow contractor. The ‘deal’ has raised intriguing questions about corruption in general and the role of NAB in particular. NAB has termed this as punishment ...

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  • TSamuel P. Huntington in his celebrated theory of the Clash of Civilisations declared in 1996 that the Islamic Civilisation has bloody borders and ‘bloody innards’. Sectarianism embodies those bloody innards within the body of Islam. Almost all current religious schools of thought and ...

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  • TGovernments are seldom popular with the people for apprehension about those entrusted with responsibility to govern. Apart from distrust, governments’ reputation depends upon quality of service provided. A common man is dependent on government service from dusk to dawn, from cradle to grave ...

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  • TIndian Prime Minister Modi is never short of surprises. He recently gave one to the Indian public by recalling existing high denomination currency notes of 500 and 1000. The recall itself would not be surprising, had it not been carried out through the sudden cancellation of currency notes in ...

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  • TAccountability is today’s most popular buzzword, political slogan and discussion topic from barber shops to television screens. Public accountability is discussed but rarely understood and means so many things to so many people. Any discussion on accountability raises questions like what is ...

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  • TThe so-called ‘honour killings’ have brought our nation dishonor in the eyes of entire civilised world. According to varied official and unofficial estimates at least one woman is killed in the name of honour every single day. Thousands more are beaten and intimidated for choosing free ...

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  • TNobody seems to be happy with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Neither the government, nor opposition, or Supreme Courts, or the media – not even the NAB itself. The government is unhappy with NAB for being too interfering. This, in an ideal world should be a good thing, but then the ...

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  • TGeorges Ruggiu was a radio anchorperson in Rwanda. Though originally from Belgium, he befriended than ruling regime and moved to Rwanda in 1993 where he hosted a popular radio show which spewed venom against the minority group, the Tutsis. A Harvard University study later found that his Radio led ...

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  • TThe suicide bomber struck when I had just crossed that busy traffic signal on that August afternoon. My car struck the pavement and was still swirling when I got out and ran towards the target of attack who had stopped at the traffic signal. The driver of the targeted car was standing outside, ...

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