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Imran Husain

Closer than close

Within hours of arriving at a paradise resort, something I’d wanted to do all my life and finally found the inspiration that would bring me there, I heard the devastating news of Salmaan’s dastardly assassination.
As I reeled out into the lawns to try and compose myself and collect my thoughts, I heard the Aza’an. Seconds later I was among the reveling guests, here to rejuvenate their thoughts, bodies and, I guess, their souls. “Allah O Akbar”, escaped my lips.
The ironic


Imran Husain

Information fatigue

There appears to be utter confusion around us. At a time when a stable, progressive environment is needed most to overcome the compounded difficulties this country finds itself in.
The media has become a lynch mob. The apex court has assumed the role of the chief investigating authority. The opposition parties are frothing at the mouth hoping to scavenge the spoils. The State of Pakistan is the object of desire. But there is no cohesive response as to the objectives to deliver


Imran Husain

Honeymoon’s over

Two outstanding editorials in a Bangladeshi daily this week made me aware of the amazing similarities in the political drift of our two countries. Whether to call them striking similarities or just plain natural connection is a call one will have to eventually make.
It appears it is the turn of the sub-continent to figure on the Chinese radar screen this month. Apart from the highly sensitive and important visits of the Chinese PM to India and Pakistan, it is the turn of the


Imran Husain

That snake again

I’ve spent a lifetime hoping, praying and yelling there must come a time when Pakistan deserves to come first. There is nothing we have not seen happen. Hit by every possible calamity and enjoyed every possible success. But this wish of mine has not been fulfilled yet.
I’ve tried to provide solace to my pain by attributing this to the process of ‘growing up’, of evolution, the hyper-emotional character of our people, the list goes on. But each time, the disappointment is greater


Imran Husain

Christmas cheer

As the annual festive season draws nears for the dominant world, there is the usual spate of visits designed to bring those in the larger net and unable to share the festivities closer and bring them the renowned “Christmas Cheer”. Most important of these visits has been this week’s unannounced trips to neighboring Afghanistan bringing cheer to the multitude of troops from multiple nations forming the NATO forces assigned to bring a semblance of control in that country.
From


Imran Husain

Whipping up a frenzy

The state of the union and where Pakistan is at has become a moot point in discussions at diplomatic, official and commercial circles overseas. As a Pakistani it is interesting what they have to say because it brings one to focus dispassionately on the realities facing our country. Excessive defense of the indefensible creates disbelief, but there are many defensible points, incorrect perceptions depicted by international media and the actions of our very own elected representatives.


Imran Husain

Payback time

The word from around the world, governments, donors and allied sources is that Pakistan must dip into its own elite resource base to find adequate funds for rehabilitating its flood losses. “We will not ask our taxpayers to dig into their wallets to fund all your rehabilitation efforts”, is what a British Minister said at the Pakistan Development Forum in Islamabad last week. All the very senior foreign government functionaries attending this prestigious event unanimously echoed this


Imran Husain

Once too many

Sitting there, two reasonable performances under the belt providing the inspiration to finally watch, expecting a possible and much needed turn of fortunes and suddenly the mood is blown apart. Someone rushes in to the room saying the wicket-keeper has run off!!
Disbelief, ‘don’t joke’, followed by expletives. Then the strip on the media channels confirmed the disaster. Realization that the inevitable stroke of bad luck has struck and this endless saga of horrors is far from the


Imran Husain

Money matters

There are those times when one is thrust in an environment where nationalism is at such a height that one is forced to look deep within oneself, review the attitude of your own people and environment.
Today’s Pakistan is ravaged by natural disasters of immeasurable magnitude. The devastating floods descending even before the chance of recovery from the deadly earthquake. Add to this the aftermath of almost a decade of frivolous financial management and the political turmoil of


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Bangladesh shining

In the recent past, the Bangladesh superior courts have taken many decisions to remove imbalances that can change the country’s culture. One of these was the restoration of the secular status of the country. Now, in confirmation, the government has ordered the reprinting of the country’s constitution to restore secularism as a “fundamental state principle”.
The prime minister however told a cabinet meeting that the country would remain an Islamic state and did not ban political


Imran Husain

The dynamo

There are times in one’s life when one is overwhelmed into silent awe and one cannot help but project those moments endlessly. I’ve had the opportunity of visiting China three times since last December and let me say each occasion has been a magnificent revelation. The instant, perpetually lasting impression is that of an elaborate, sophisticated dynamo churning out immeasurable energy.
The essence of development is the creation of infrastructure that then becomes the launching

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