Author Archives: Humayun Gauhar

Playing with fire

Former Attorney General of Pakistan Irfan Qadir was prompted to write to me after my last article, ‘Dictator-Dacoits in democrat’s clothing’. I feel compelled to share his letter with you as he has so eloquently explained the problematic legal issues in the treason case against Gen Pervez Musharraf with great reason and clarity.

Trapped in a centrifuge

Pakistan is caught in a fast spinning centrifuge, where hopefully the good is being separated from the bad Customary spontaneity makes me wish everyone a Happy New Year. My prayer is that

What change?

Real change means an equitable new status quo Will ‘change’ bring change for the better or will it just be change of faces? That is the question. Change for change’s sake is

Innocent abroad

It’s a complex world, and very cruel We only have Nawaz Sharif’s word that he talked to Barak Obama about ending drone strikes. So too, claimed the ‘government’ before his. No result.

Revisiting Yin and Yang

A look at the breakdown in Pakistan and the US Last week I wrote that while the hyphen in the Chinese philosophical concept of Yin-Yang assumes two seemingly opposing yet interdependent forces

Yin-Yang

Of symbiotic relationships There’s Yin-Yang and there’s Yin and Yang. The hyphen between Yin-Yang symbolizes the interconnection between the two while absence of the hyphen a means break, a division. Yin-Yang is

A ‘Religion’ is born

We have been blind to how Terror has turned into a religion in itself I’m utterly ashamed, thoroughly disgusted, very embarrassed. I’m utterly revolted and thoroughly angry. Until now I was thoroughly

My problem

Giving peace a chance, or giving terrorists a chance? I’m back. Many things happened during my brief absence, but the saddest was the passing away of our famous poet Jamiluddin Aali’s beloved

A question of contempt

It is time for introspection We were talking of contempt, freedom of expression and the right of dissent, of suo motu and suspected partisanship. The way the Islamabad High Court ordered the

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