براؤزنگ زمرہ

Zafar Hilaly

The Bureaucrats – Zafar Hilaly

Few bureaucracies enjoy a good reputation for efficiency, creativity or innovation. In almost every country the bureaucracy is viewed poorly and bureaucrats are written of disparagingly. Alas, much of the criticism is well deserved. …

Asking For The Moon – Zafar Hilaly

The Americans are done and dusted and are set to leave Afghanistan when the year ends. They won’t return unless someone gets it into his turban to flatten Georgetown in DC, and not even then, because there are less bloody and more effective…

A People’s Army – Zafar Hilaly

Pakistan has no depth of defence. Hence, to protect ourselves against a larger and powerful enemy we had two options – to develop an irresistible deterrence or to arm the population. We opted for the bomb and that worked, at least for a…

The Central Actor – Zafar Hilaly

Our political structure has seldom appeared more brittle. Political parties are at each other’s throats just as the religious groups always were; and now the provincial assemblies too seem at daggers drawn. Recently the Sindh Assembly…

A make Or Break year – Zafar Hilaly

Every year is seen as a ‘make or break’ year for Pakistan although neither event seems to occur, exasperating optimists and doomsayers alike. The only time that prediction turned out to be true was in 1971, when we did indeed ‘break’ up,…

Better Inside The Tent – Zafar Hilaly

By the time General Kayani became the army chief in November 2007 he had been so long in the public eye as DG ISI; VCOAS, etc, that most felt they knew him. His intelligence, hard work, sangfroid and flexibility earned him a lot of deserved…

The sacred duty of lying – Zafar Hilaly

It’s hardly a secret that states are ruthless in the pursuit of their national interests. They resort to hypocrisy and sincerity and make-believe and reality – anything that will work for them – and to deny that is to delude oneself. Strong…