Tarik Jan

  • The question how much freedom the media should have by itself is a sufficient indicator that it has assumed a disturbing particularity for society and state. What are those harmful aspects? To know them one has to look at the spectrum of the people running the Pakistani media. Our information ...

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  • One can dispute the ideas of an old communist, who is a Pakistani journalist, but not his person which is for sure sincere to his cause. Most of the time people of his tribe write in layers concealing their inner thoughts, nitpicking, taunting, de-contextualising issues and twisting them to achieve ...

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  • Tallat Azim Another week went by, leaving most of us guessing how the ship of the Pakistani state will continue its journey on choppy waters. That the water present in the country is also scarce and insufficient, apart from being seriously choppy, does not help much. The increase in petrol prices, ...

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  • The Kerry-Lugar Bill is at best Orwellian in character, with an abnormal desire to monitor and control and thus reshape Pakistan in its own image. The impression the Bill conveys is holistic - it reins in civil administration, the armed forces, the alleged proliferationists, and the foreign policy ...

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  • Yousuf Raza Gilani is a handsome man and people expect from handsome men to handsome doing. They say wise men weigh their words before they speak. But politicians think after they speak. Often they have to speak perforce and get burned. That is their occupational hazard. A few weeks ago the ...

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  • Imperialism, wrote British economist John Atkinson Hobson in 1902, is the endeavour of the great controller of industry to broaden the channel for the flow of their surplus wealth seeking foreign markets and foreign investments to take off the goods and capital they cannot use at home. Hobson ...

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  • For a long time democracy in Pakistan has been in the intensive care unit. Every time it collapses, army plays the role of a surgeon, and every time when it happens, people take a sigh of relief. But as the treatment prolongs, the sigh of relief turns first into groans and then into cries of ...

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  • Post-September 11 President Musharraf recounted Sheikh Zayed al-Nahyan's advice to him. When there is a storm, he said, follow the ostrich way - bury your head in the sand and let the storm blew over. Sheikh Zayed's advice was close to nature, loaded with folklore wisdom. Perhaps Musharraf ...

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