Author Archives: Humayun Gauhar

The Tempest

It took all of nine hours for the heads of all our political parties (except of the two-headed Peoples Party) to come up with the obvious. A child would have taken nine

The harvest

After my last article, ‘Snakes and Ladders’, some said that I had not mentioned the role of the army in Pakistan’s decline. I was writing about the moment, our current political dispensation.

Snakes and Ladders

Don’t get too excited, but deliverance could be at hand. The emphasis is on the word ‘could’ because bad judgment and bad luck have been our bane. What we are witnessing today

Decade of Destruction

States come and states go but nations go on till Doomsday. Anniversaries come and anniversaries go but the world goes on till the end of time. We either celebrate or mourn anniversaries,

Green Flag, Islamic Crescent

“Be careful. Be very careful,” friends are warning. “It took much less for NATO to walk into Libya than what’s happening in Karachi. First, their bombs opened the door for the rebels.

Gypsy on the move

Sajay to kaisay sajay qatl-e-aam ka mela? Kaisay labhai ga maray lahoo ka wa waila? Mairay nazaar badan mein lahoo hee kitna hai? “How to adorn this festival of death?” asked Faiz.

Pakistan zindabad

Today is our Independence Day. Pakistan Zindabad – Long Live Pakistan! To have survived 63 years, more “moth eaten” than at birth, is a great achievement indeed, especially in the face of

Death by debt?

Last Sunday, I joked that China had put the US on EBay. Was I wrong? By its debt and creditworthiness being downgraded for the first time ever, the United States of America

“China Puts US on eBay”

“China puts US on eBay – ‘Government sold separately’,” sales listing says. “Showing its impatience with the debt ceiling stalemate in Washington, China today took the extraordinary step of putting the United

Nature’s Leviathan

Crushing human pride for millennia   On the one hand, the world changes due to man’s genius and perfidy. One the other it changes by nature’s hand, changes that are far more

From hubris to hysteria

America’s emergence as the sole global superpower was heralded as the final defeat of communism and the final victory of capitalism – ‘democratic’ and ‘liberal’ – “the end of history”. It was

As the world turns

I am persisting with the Leviathan because the world is morphing again, convulsing violently. By recollecting the past, we could get an insight into the future and the direction in which historical