Author Archives: Imran Husain


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Changing of the guard

An enviable situation indeed! In some days the new prime minister will be sworn in; Khoso and his team of caretakers will have gone having successfully delivered their mission. Congratulations to them.


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Celebrating with pride

In change there is hope! “I am so proud to be Pakistani”, said Ayesha Baigmohamed, a Pakistani-American based in Washington DC, five minutes into the ride from Dulles Airport earlier this week.


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The second coming of Nawaz

But has he changed? Change is what the people wanted, change they have, of sorts – though certainly not the brand new faces that the idealists dreamed of. After a long respite


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Soul searching

Real answers remain elusive Being abroad at this important juncture is an eye-opener, being privy to the general thoughts prevailing concerning developments in Pakistan. And of course the genuine concern of foreign


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An uberblick

Is democracy no longer the best revenge? German for overview, because that is where I am right now. The past week has been hectic to say the least. The horrific Boston saga,


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The grass is not greener

In the land of political feudalism Islamabad boasts its own dynamics. You can be amongst the whirl, whoop, gloom and frenzy of the entire country and suddenly two days in Islamabad and


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An entertainment fetish

Our political woes It is endless, this desire for entertainment amongst us Pakistanis. In all aspects and facets of life. For five years, politicians, judges and anchors, plus “breaking news”, have been


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Back to the drawing board

Time to redo our ideals, seriously Having selected an almost impossible title for this article I spent the weekend researching and still don’t know where to start or end. Anyway, I decided


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The Karachi that was

Will it regain its lost glory? I’ve been fortunate to travel abroad the last couple of weeks for much needed breathing space to imbibe writers’ oxygen. Having been confronted for months by


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The doomsaying media

Trapped in a 24-hour breaking news cycle I was at dinner with successful and important friends. They were gathered, I believe, to generate humour desperately needed to combat the gloom thrust upon


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Showdown…

 Dare I say who’s to blame? As he walked into the room accompanying the president and his successor, former Prime Minister Gilani, walked off the dais, with dignity, to his seat among


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Trespass

Better judgement not to prevail? “Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpeting, and farewells him with hooting, only to welcome another with trumpeting again. Pity the nation whose sages


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Enter the dragon

Everyone, everything on fire The ongoing, seemingly endless and apparently merciless turf war entered yet another stage yesterday. This time in the form of a fire-breathing dragon determined to expose the custodians


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The economy’s fine

No, I am being serious A gentleman asked me to state in one word my thoughts on Pakistan’s economy. “Great” was my response. But my response caused a twitter of negatives amongst


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On the other side

A visit to India after a long time A lifetime passes by before one even knows it. Sometimes it drags; sometimes it is faster than light. Two weeks ago when I landed

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