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A safe exit for Musharraf?

With the grant of bail to Musharraf on November 4 in the Lal Masjid case, the former military dictator is again a free man after six months of detention at his luxurious Chak Shehzad ‘farmhouse’. He had earlier also been given bail in three…

Superior But Terrified

Khayyam Mushir is like a brother to me. Being a chartered accountant, perhaps there is no other person in Islamabad of his age and in his profession, who is such a great aficionado of literature, a serious student of philosophy, a wise…

Roads and Rulers

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif thinks big – especially when it comes to construction works and notably road-building. His two previous tenures in government have left behind mega road projects, including the motorway which winds its way across…

The Haze Of Talks

It is heartening to know that Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has told the National Assembly on September 19 that there won’t be any change “in the government’s position on talks with (the local) Taliban” even after the…

The Achakzai Recipe

The struggle for democracy has been going on since the creation of Pakistan but gets derailed for one reason or the other – and then we are back to square one. Although we often blame the generals for that, and rightly so, but let’s be fair…

Drums Of Victory

President Zardari made history - however small - on Monday by becoming the first Pakistani president to address a joint session of the National Assembly for the sixth time. Let’s hope he gets to address it for the seventh time - for the…

Listening To Rebel Hashmi

The post-WWII baby boomers were all grown-up by the mid-sixties, and wanted to be heard. Not having much success in moving the leviathan of the pax Americana, the angry young people literally shook the world in 1969. Emerging from campuses…

The 100-Day Relevance

As we relish the PML-N’s honeymoon moment, flirt with the possibility of a transformed Nawaz Sharif and celebrate democracy’s ability to light a candle in pitch dark (literally – not to mention the heat), let us also remember the vices of…

Change Has Finally Come To Pakistan

In the run-up to what is now being viewed as Pakistan’s truly historic election, an old Pakistani reader of mine based in Saudi Arabia wrote in, twice, to ask: “Not a word on Pakistan’s elections so far! Why?” Missives like these, most…

Change Of Sorts

As a Pakistani who exercised his right to change, my gratitude goes to all those who contributed to the successful conduct of Election 2013. To start with, President Zardari should be commended for giving up not only his party post but also…