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Anjum Niaz

Zero Hour

His zero hour begins to sink in. Tick tock goes the clock moving ceaselessly towards the 70-day deadline when he’ll be shorn of his much vaunted presidential immunity. For five years the president has successfully dodged the Supreme Court…

PIA’s Silver Lining Playbook

Last year’s blockbuster ‘Silver linings playbook’ grossed over $236 million worldwide, more than eleven times its budget. Nominated as the best film of the year, the story is of two dysfunctional people, suffering from bipolar disorder.…

Mysterious World Of The Matrix

If this column has a theme, it would seem to be an interface between human and cyber culture – the internet and other networks that flow into it described as the ‘the matrix’. The express highway of information makes for racy developments,…

Happy Americans

If you’re over the age of 65, you should be happy! Forty-one percent of Americans in this age group are happy troopers. They are on cruise control as far as their career path is concerned; they have no mortgage on their homes; they have a…

Nuke Power

A well-heeled Pakistani American questions why our nuclear energy can’t be diverted to producing power in an effort to end the curse of loadshedding. Because, I answer back, “America won’t help. It has strung us along, promising to pass on…

Civil Servants Dichotomised

Nawaz Sharif has chosen wisely and well. His top official, according to press reports, will be Nasir Mahmood Khosa. As principal secretary to the prime minister, he will set the course for the federal secretaries and their juniors on all…

Primer For The Prime Minister

If not now, when - the right man for the right job? One wrong step by Nawaz Sharif will then be downhill all the way. Names for some posts have already been leaked to the press. Bad news. They are the same old, tired faces. Beware,…

Wannabe Finance Minister

Like the Titanic, our finance ministry is heading towards a dangerous iceberg. A head-on collision can tear a hole grievous enough to drag down the economic structure of the state. Who can stop this disaster waiting to happen? Let’s play…

Time Again For Bear-Baiting

Tie him/her to a pole and set off the media to maul them. This blood sport is a spectacle repeated cyclically in Pakistan. When a leader falls, the public indulges in bear-baiting. Pent up rage; vicious vendetta and ultimate dishonour to…

Chess Is 99 Percent Tactics

First restrain, next blockade and lastly destroy were the tactics Aron Nimzowitsch, a master chess player adopted. Would you not say that President Zardari and the apex court have played a similar game for the last 3 years? They may have…