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Humayun Gauhar

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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A question of respect

After struggle for judiciary’s independence, now it must be for due process, non-partisanship No need to be unhappy that our institutions are unravelling for this is how states are painfully cleansed by


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Games people play

There is need to separate truth from falsehood I posted a brief comment on Facebook when Musharraf was indicted and the chatter started. “No amount of security can do anything if the


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Ignore India

Let’s get on with developing our country, as China did This newspaper’s Monday headline said it all: “India out of Control”. It conveyed our bemusement over India transgressing the LoC for no


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Gotham agog

The Good, the Bad, the Ugly and the Confusing So much happened the last week that media are in frenzy, Gotham agog – The Good (Kerry’s visit), The Bad (the controversies engendered


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Religiosity

In search of the Golden Calf When we cannot even hold elections for our ceremonial president without controversy, how can we run such a complex country rived with problems and contradictions? The


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False flags

Demonic states, evil deeds Truth has a bad habit. It comes out sooner or later. It is rare for a truth to come out so quickly though. One did when an Indian


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Now walk the talk

Now it is Sharif’s turn to either become a national party or decline to a sub-city party from a provincial party When I am asked how our an old-new government will perform,


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Coup by announcement

Morsi made the ground fertile for military intervention Have you ever heard of a coup by prior announcement under a deadline? Well, it came to pass last Wednesday when the Egyptian military


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In the Line of Fire

The tamasha will never end Forget the chase. Cut to the crap. Unable to deliver, Nawaz Sharif has diverted the national conversation from Pakistan’s terminal problems to trying Gen. Pervez Musharraf for


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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

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