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Roedad Khan

Machiavelli

Harold Macmillan was once asked by a young journalist what he feared most in politics. “Events, dear boy, events,” the British prime minister responded. For Pakistan events are coming thick and fast: an ongoing, highly unpopular war against…

The Future Of Democracy

Independent India has been exceptional among non-western countries in having made a decided success of parliamentary democracy, so far. Here is a country with a vast area, with a great and growing population, with the narrowest margin of…

Judging The Sovereign

I had the privilege of moving a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the validity of a deplorable legislation, not because I had an animus against any particular person. Nor did I stand to personally gain anything. I did so because, as…

It Is Time We Changed The Bowler

“Perhaps no form of government”, said the historian and diplomat Lord Bryce, “needs great leaders so much as democracy”. The corrupt leadership ruling Pakistan today has proved unable to govern a country rent by political, ethnic, economic,…

Death from The Sky

Saturday, November 26 will go down in our history as a black day. On that day, America’s “war on terror” reached Pakistan’s Salala Post, in Mohmand Agency, manned by jawans of the Pakistan army. While our soldiers were sleeping, the US and…

The Enemy Within

Pakistan’s greatest enemy today is the enemy within. “Ameer,” Quaid-e-Azam told Raja Sahib of Mahmudabad in 1948, “You have no idea of the situation here. I am surrounded by traitors”. The situation we face today is much worse. Traitors and…

A Star Has Arisen

I am no clairvoyant and don’t claim to possess the faculty of perceiving things and events in the future but prior to Imran Khan’s historic meeting in Lahore on the green fields of Minar-e-Pakistan, this is what I wrote in this column: “The…

Years That The Locust Hath Eaten

Sometimes extreme dangers, instead of elevating a nation, bring it low. That is what happened to America after 9/11. I was in Washington DC on that fateful day and, returning from an early morning walk, was shocked to watch on television…

Between Hope And Fear

Somehow, somewhere along the line, we have gone astray. We were such good people when we set out on the road to Pakistan. What happened then? An evil spirit now hangs over Pakistan. The people are too tired, too disappointed, too…

Killing Fields

Today Pakistan has nothing to smile about. Are people anxious? Dejected? Fearful? Feeling insecure? Why won’t they be, considering the barrage of rotten news assaulting them from every direction? Last week’s killing spree in Karachi shocked…