:::::::::::::::::: To the reverence of Word, which makes sacred the tip of a Pen :::::::::::::::::: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: لفظ کی حرمت کے نام ، جو نوک ِ قلم پر احرام بندھتا ہے :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

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Where did Pakistan go wrong? by L. Mohan

The appreciation that the US President showered on the Indian democracy during his recent visit contrasted sharply with the cold stares he had reserved for the rulers of Pakistan. By all surface indicators it should have been the other way around. It is India that has all the ingredients that...

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Ramblings of an Indian Cricket Fan – By Amer Sultan

As Shakespeare famously said, “Oh Cricket! Thou art so beautiful! Thou maketh Mansoor Akhtar looketh like Viv Richards in Pakistan, and Stuart Broad looketh like RP Singh in India.” As Pakistan cricket sinks itself into oblivion in preparation for yet another “where the hell did this come from” comeback, I...

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Goodbye, Allah Rakhi – By Ras Siddiqui

In memory of Noor Jahan Our best-known Pakistani nightingale is gone. Her journey from birth (real name Allah Rakhi as reported by the BBC) in Kasur British India in 1926 to her death in Karachi, Pakistan in the year 2000 has ended. And this one admirer amongst many has a few...

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A Candid Interview With Saeed Anwar – By Nadeem Khan

For once, a buccaneering effort by the lithe Pakistani opener went in vain, although his 140 in the third Coca Cola Independence Cup Final against India, following his record busting 194 a few months ago against the same team, firmly established Saeed Anwar as India’s chief scourge. Saeed’s latest hundred...

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The Myth of Growth: Pakistan’s Lost Opportunity – By Zee M.

The Myth of Growth:Pakistan’s Lost Opportunity It is June 2001. The new Government is still pondering over what to do with the economy. The Pakistani Rupee is in a nosedive, and the black market in foreign exchange is booming because of capital flight. The central bank finds its reserves just...

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The People’s Poet – By Mohammad Gill

Ahmad Faraz is a peoples’ poet. He speaks in the metaphors of prophecy and vision that transcends rhetoric and narrow nationalism. He is truly an international poet, a pan-humanist of the rarest sort. Rare because his poems are love poems, even when they decry, denounce, lament, or accuse. (Mary Mcanally on...

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Age of the Earth and Its Measures – By Mohammad Gill

Behold! In the creation of the heavens and the Earth; of the Night and the Day; in the sailing of the ships through the Ocean for the profit of the mankind; in the rain which God sends down from the skies, and the Life which He gives therewith to the...

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30 Days in Afghanistan – Dinner Conversations

I feel the room getting smaller, I want to find an excuse to leave. Why did I decide to show up? I’ve managed to stay away from all invitations since I got here, and now here I am in the middle of a dinner I’m dreading. I’d rather be at...

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Mahatma Gandhi’s Progeny – By Farzana Versey

“Let the minorities understand that their real safety lies in the goodwill of the majority”. (Words of wisdom at the recently-concluded RSS executive council meeting) Haven’t we had enough of this goodwill baloney? Who in friggin hell do they think they are? The prime minister of India can declare that...

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A Nation of Beggars – By Murad Ali Baig

Perhaps someday India will find a leader who has the courage to proclaim “Ameeri badao” instead of “gareebi hatao” and let loose India’s gigantic potential. One is filled by a feeling of despair on returning to India after every visit to countries in South East Asia. The stench of unsanitary...

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A Work In Progress – By F. Khan

The founder of Pakistan, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, was blessed with an acute eye for property and in creating Pakistan, he put Pakistan at a crossroads of three regions; Central Asia, South Asia and West Asia. Jinnah put Pakistan in such a location that the future state would always be involved...

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Bangladesh: Democracy On The Move – By Fuad Chowdhury

A powerful and popular youth uprising in 1990, similar to the recent events in Egypt, Bangladesh achieved a democratic government from the President General Ershad, who had come to power after the assassination of President General Ziaur Rahman on 1981. General Ziaur Rhaman, had entered the political arena after the brutal killing of Bangabandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father...