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Dr Muzaffar Iqbal

Disenchantment With Islam

A very large number of Muslims now openly express disenchantment with Islam. This is a global phenomenon: one can witness it in the Islamic Republic of Iran as well as its name-sake republic called Pakistan, just as easily as it is apparent…

Anti-Americanism

Anti-Americanism is a global phenomenon: from the proverbial Arab street to the remote regions of Chile – the loneliest country of the world, as Pablo Neruda called his homeland – and from the tree-lined streets of Paris to those of…

Union Of Muslim States

Imagine a union of Muslim states, initially, consisting of 372 million people living in four congruent states of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, and Turkey, comprising a total area of 3,881,195 square km. Such a confederation will be able to…

A Dictatorial Farce

One of the greatest farces played out during Musharraf’s dictatorship was that of higher education. Soon after his coup, Musharraf endowed the Higher Education Commission with powers which were similar to his own dictatorial powers in…

A Zero-Sum Game And A Nightmare

The generals, the honourable judges and the politicians all know that they are involved in a zero-sum game. In the political sphere, the incidental president is the master of the show; everyone else is disposable. The prime minister, along…

State Of The Economy

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) was granted autonomy by the legislature with high expectations that it will act as a custodian of monetary stability and close the floodgate of note printing, if there was ever a government irresponsible…

The Return Of The Taliban

It goes to their credit that the self-proclaimed sole “superpower” of the world has finally realised that it has no way out of the Afghan graveyard except via negotiating its terms of surrender with them: Taliban are back on the world scene…

Farewell To All That Was 2011

One may find somewhere hidden under or inside the global headlines of the great events of 2011 (perhaps in a much smaller print than one wishes), a small kernel of hope for Pakistan. Born during this eventful year in a land where…

Gloating Over Home Remittances

The ministry of finance and the State Bank of Pakistan have been parading the healthy growth in home remittances in the recent past as a bright spot in the economy, and on occasions taking credit for it. There is no doubt that a substantial…

Will It Be Business as Usual?

One cannot call it “business as usual”, not yet but for how long will the Pakistani reaction to the Nato attack on its soil sustain itself? Will it change the dynamics of the equation or will it simply fizzle out? After its initial…