Imran Husain

  • I. A. Pansohta Life forthe people of South Asia, especially the Indians, still continues to reel under tremendous tragedy, misery, and an unending saga of fear and tears. Despite the mushroom growth of Human Rightsgroups; organisation of several seminars and conferences; and the passing of ...

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  • India has solidly beaten the Australians after a sterling performance. Bangladesh almost took the New Zealanders out in another display of courage and determination. In the first test India, back against the wall, batted the entire day lead by the incomparable, world's highest run scorer ever, ...

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  • The explosions are getting bigger, closer, and more deadly. They scoff in utter disregard at the sophisticated equipment designed specifically to thwart them. Each one wreaks unprecedented destruction. Fear spreads rapidly all around us. Yes, that is where we are, caught right bang in the middle. ...

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  • There is a double entendre to this title today. One says that it not only can be done, but that it has been done. Asif Zardari is now President of Pakistan. However unlikely this may have seemed twelve months ago, it is now solid proof that anything can be done. To go from devised political ...

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  • There are cries and there are cries. When cries turn to wailing but remain ignored you become acutely aware that utter neglect dominates. The Human Rights record in Pakistan is atrocious. Yet inexplicable deafness persists. Government after government has repeatedly refused to repeal laws that ...

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  • Most times, there is just the one opportunity. Fortune has favoured Pakistan to be the recipient of multiple opportunities, not just multiple but multiple golden ones. Ironically, they have not flourished, wasted in fact. Like Pervez Musharraf's legacy, Pakistan's own is of one of lost ...

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  • A birthday should be an auspicious occasion. Today, as Pakistan celebrates its 61st birthday instead of celebrations, yet another lamentable battle for political survival looms dangerously on the horizon. Ironically, political collisions in this land of ours are not the kind that favour democratic ...

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  • Where is it that we are at and where are we headed, is the dominant question in both the thinking minds and the public at large. Unanimous for once, at least in thought, across the great economic and political divide stand the Pakistani people. At cross-purposes stand their leaders. Unelected being ...

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  • The ability of our leadership to ignore even the biggest fiasco is beginning to assume legendary proportions. For months, till the day the uniform finally came off, President Musharraf made every conceivable excuse for donning it on that fateful March day. Not to be outdone, Mr Premier has totally ...

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  • The people had voted on February 18 with specific objectives in mind. Objectives that, today, are a far cry from being achieved. Leave alone achieved the pursuit has not begun. Window dressing and rhetoric have flourished for the last hundred days. "Restored" is heard as commonly as ...

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  • The spine-chilling sounds of emergency sirens in Europe used to signify that one had arrived in a country where emergency services were present. We had nothing like that in Pakistan then. The only sirens heard in Karachi emanated from the lone outrider of the president's motorcade (no one else was ...

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  • A friend wrote me, "Hold on to faith; it is the source of believing all things are possible. It is the fibre and strength of a confident soul." Minus this faith we would have given up the ghost many years ago. This country would not have held together sixty plus years. Pakistan has been invaded ...

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  • Amidst all his troubles, despite the proverbial guns being trained upon him and the purported changed relevance, the one man who is probably having a huge laugh at the dark and eery state of the nation is President Musharraf. The country is in a state of flux. There is no direction and a ...

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  • As opposed to the would-be Hawks and the perpetual pessimists one is continuously confronted with, I believe that the lawyers' Long March succeeded in delivering a strong message, on their behalf as well as on behalf of the entire nation, that restoration of the judiciary is a very significant and ...

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  • After almost a decade, Shahbaz Sharif became the first militarily-ousted head of government to make a return to that very post. Heartiest felicitations are due to him. We need to honour his courage and determination. His undying zeal to clear his name and seek justice from the nation's courts ...

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  • The last couple months have had my mind racing. Nightmares have become regular visitors, disturbing my usually "baby-like slumber" with all sorts of weird scenarios flashing in and out. Seemingly harsh and unreal at first and then, kind of eerily, fitting into the ridiculous puzzle we are ...

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  • Fourteen months we have walked, talked and dined on negative politics. The Chief Justice of Pakistan has been mauled. People have been mercilessly massacred. The constitution spat upon. The higher judiciary has been put to pasture. The invaluable life of a great Pakistani has been sacrificed. And ...

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  • This is exactly what has been happening to this country for the last two plus months. We know who is doing the laughing, but do you know who these conspirators are really laughing at? You and I, friends, and the very poor who are fighting literally to keep alive, so starved are they. Not just for ...

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  • This is exactly what the print media in Pakistan is full of for the last three weeks, columns and editorials expressing deep anguish. While borrowing the word "anguished" from one of Barack Obama's latest deliverances, I shall also borrow the basis of the context. One can only be ...

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