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Naeem Sadiq

Unverified SIMs – Naeem Sadiq

The discovery of 5000 illegal SIMs in May 2014, held by just one apprehended terrorist in Karachi, came as a rude surprise to the otherwise highly informed Sindh Assembly. It is for just such occasions that Mir Taqi Mir wrote his famous…

Look At The Law – Naeem Sadiq

The blasphemy law was introduced in 1860 by the British government. It prohibited damaging or defiling a place of worship or a sacred object. Violators could receive imprisonment up to two years, or fine or both. Sixty-seven years later, in…

A Lean Bureaucracy – Naeem Sadiq

A visit to a Sindh government department at 11am on a working day gave a glimpse of why Pakistan finds it impossible to make progress. Of the nine officers who ought to have been present on their desks, not one had yet arrived. There were…

Simmering Over SIMs – Naeem Sadiq

One ought to be intellectually challenged or suffering some kind of disorder to organise the mindless and wasteful record-breaking inanities that unfold around Lahore every other weekend. Making the largest flag, thousands of people singing…

Mythology Of Weapons

The recent ‘deweaponisation’ advertisements by the Sindh government provide a classic case study of how one can ‘appear’ to be executing a task, without actually wanting or intending to do it. Spread over 12 days, these quarter-page ads,…

Privilege On A Plate

They can be seen arrogantly wearing their power, wealth and position on their sleeves. You can easily spot them not standing in queues, violating traffic lights, unwilling to be searched, demanding fast-track treatment at airport counters…

An Aircraft For Our Daughters

How many aircraft will we need to fly away all our daughters because the state can no longer protect them? More sad is the fact that there appears to be no urgency or inclination to create a robust and proactive system that could prevent a…

Alexander In Porous Land

When Alexander visited the Subcontinent for the second time, he came without his army. He was told that the brave King Porus had long expired, his graceful elephants robbed of their ivory tusks and the mighty Hydaspes River reduced to a…