Author Archives: Humayun Gauhar

Systemic failure

Look at it clinically: all the organs and institutions of our State are crumbling When a person dies his organs fail one by one. It is called systemic failure. The human body

Big yawn

It’s a fraud. It’s a sham, the budget Stop defaming our people. It is not that we don’t pay taxes. It is that our governments don’t take taxes. It is a grave

The pirate ship

Time for ‘all hands on deck’, pirate and prey Though Pakistan is being buffeted by wind and wave and caught in an impending Perfect Triple Storm, the worst thing to be is

Wisdom corridor

Tackling the fault lines with sobriety and realism “Who won?” a dear old lady asked me. “The script won,” I replied. “I’ll tell you an old army joke, because it fits us

West Side Story

Have elections strengthened our centrifugal forces? “Pakistan Struggles For Survival – Religious Warfare and Economic Chaos Threaten the Survival of this Nation,” wrote LIFE magazine in January 1948, five months after the

Survival moment

Imran Khan should not make cardinal error of joining a coalition Thank God Imran Khan is safe. I was giving a telephone interview to a television channel when I saw him falling

‘Democracy’s revenge park’

Think: why are we perennially taking the wrong path? With elections nigh there’s no point in making predictions. With so many assassinations though, we should make a ‘Democracy’s Revenge Park’ in memory

Justice and Islam

According to God’s Islam in the Quran Since the Constitution says that Pakistan is an Islamic republic it becomes incumbent upon the State to follow God’s Islam in the Quran. Very important

Playing with fire

Justice should be done but only under due process, with balance and equity “The avaricious are complainants and judges too. Who to appoint counsel, whom to seek justice from?” asked our great

Make or break

The extremist mistakes terrorism for jihad; the moderate confuses elections for democracy The inner eye can see what the outer eyes cannot. No amount of injections in the eyeballs by Dr. Zeba

Too late and too early

A look at some of Musharraf’s decisions Timing is everything. Not good to be early or late. General Musharraf has managed both. He returned too late for elections and too early for

Into the fire

“The nation will be the land of the free only when it is the land of the brave.” Thrice did the army nearly intervene during the last government and thrice did it

Stop digging

The ill-bred system I couldn’t care less who the next caretaker prime minister is, but with friends in the fray and so much mistrust and contention in the air, I am concerned

Reality check

The hypocrisy of calling Pakistan an Islamic state must stop My purpose is not to spread doom and gloom. Rather, it is to provide reality checks as I see them best. I

The magic wand

Everyone has one; how and when to use it is a different matter altogether It was most uncharacteristic of former Finance Minister Hafeez Shaikh to resign at the cusp of maybe elections.

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