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S Tariq

Of Darkness, Cold And Other Things

The winter of discontent has finally borne fruit and the people have taken to the streets in anger. My son arrived back from Lahore yesterday and I found this otherwise quiet young man in a state of acute agitation for he had returned from…

Of Sickness And Other Stuff

We are sick! Very sick, indeed! It would not have mattered if our disease was in our physical self, but regretfully we, as a nation, suffer from multiple illnesses of the mind. To make matters worse, we refuse to acknowledge that we have…

Education – An Obituary

There is a band of killers loose in Pakistan - killers so deadly that they have already destroyed a generation of Pakistanis. This band is nurtured by corruption, greed, apathy and what can only be termed as a systematic programme to…

Keeping History Intact

I remember attending a lecture on History by an eminent scholar a long time ago, and thereafter falling passionately in love with the science of how nations rise and fall and how events shape the destinies of the world. His description of…

Mandate For Change

Last week was a bad time for the likes of me, as a very close childhood friend decided that he could take it no more, and the best thing for him to do was to move out of Pakistan with his family for good. I was horrified to see the change…

Unite, Stand Up And Be Counted

I am elated at the turn of events these days, for I had almost given up hope that our self-centred and corrupt politicians could ever sit together and work out a common stand or that our government functionaries could muster the guts to…

Nations Which Forget!

The Defence of Pakistan Day has come and gone, but unlike previous years it has left a nagging concern in me. The feeling stems from the fact that this year the Sixth of September was treated, with few exceptions, like any other Monday.…

Wanted – A Lee Kuan Yew

There comes a time in the life of nations that one yearns to see a leader who can, through personal example and ruthless enforcement of law and justice, lead the country out of the morass of corruption, ineptitude and poverty. Great…

Yahan To Aisay Hi Hota Hai

Mera des…….mera des - the haunting refrain of this popular national song rang in my ears, as I slowly pulled up in front of the Islamabad Traffic Police officer standing on the Jinnah Avenue. I observed that the man’s uniform was wet from a…

Wither Jinnah’s Pakistan

As each Fourteenth Day of August approaches and then passes, I sit and stare at a photograph that adorns my study. This picture shows our Founding Father addressing the nation on Independence Day. I watch the Quaid’s countenance change from…