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Chris Cork

A Cautious Budget

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar made a budget speech of one hour and fifty-three minutes and delivered very few surprises. The outgoing PPP government had handed the incoming PML-N government a ticking bomb in terms of the economic decrepitude…

Rear-View Mirror

Even without looking for references to quote, I can remember the honeymoon period that lasted for a couple of weeks after the elections that brought the PPP to power. Musharraf was on borrowed time, Benazir Bhutto was dead and the elections…

Kohsar Moments

There is always a frisson of unease as I walk over or close to the spot where Salmaan Taseer was murdered. Who talks of him now, I sometimes wonder? And what of his killer, feather-bedded behind bars, feted by many and doubtless going to…

No Jokes, Please

It all began with a post on my Facebook page on Friday evening. ‘PIA plane forced to land in UK.’ First thoughts, some expressed openly by others, were of the worst. A terrorist incident or an attempted hijacking perhaps. The TV channels…

Flicker Of Hope

That Pakistan is a badly-broken state is undeniable, but it is not a failed state and neither is it so badly broken that it cannot be fixed. However, the window in which the fixing has to be done – the emergency repairs – is narrow and…

Apples And Oranges

It is of course unfair to compare apples and oranges but I will anyway. Having just come back from Vietnam, a country literally ripped apart by war for almost half a century, I went from a place that could so easily have been the orange…

Twas Brillig

...and the slithy toves did gyre and gimble in the wabe. Indeed they did, and there was much gyreing and gimbleing on the part of any number of slithy toves at the Karachi Literature Festival, 2013. It was also distinctly brillig, in fact…

Camp Forlorn

There is no such thing as a happy refugee or IDP camp anywhere in the world. Those who live in them have left – for whatever reasons – their homes and livelihoods, often most of their possessions and live a life of uncertainty. Rain and…

Social Media

Pope Benedict XVI is a newcomer to the social media (SM) scene, having recently opened his own Twitter account; and thus might be forgiven for having a somewhat naïve understanding of it. He complained a week ago that social media users…

We, The People

The Gettysburg Address given by President Lincoln on the site of one of the bloodiest battles of the American Civil War is 277 words long. Watching and listening as I have to the endless droning of our politicians – all parties, I favour…