Author Archives: Raoof Hasan

From facilitator to mediator

Candid Corner Stimulating bait, but a damning prospect There has been a flurry of activity relating to Afghanistan of late. While it is always heartening to see that efforts are afoot to

Politics of megalomania

Candid Corner With the opposition licking its wounds, the challenges remain “In the days when hyenas of hate suckle the babes of men, and jackals of hypocrisy pimp their mothers’ broken hearts,

Even if heavens were to fall

Candid Corner The absolute pain of witnessing the decline of a once mighty dynasty “Let the clarion call go forth to the mighty To stand sentinel to the measure of their deeds

Justice Isa is a test case

Candid Corner Both the judiciary and the state will be on trial Much ruckus is being created regarding the filing of a reference against Mr Justice Qazi Faez Isa before the Supreme

The scent of life

Candid Corner Having imbibed liberally from the state, giving some of it back should not be grudged “Beyond the scaffold, in the haze of the distance, The red of your lips kept

Celebrating crime

Candid Corner When plundering becomes a virtue and honesty an unbearable burden “We are always thinking of eternity as an idea that cannot be understood, something immense. But, why must it be?

Hope, but no hope

Candid Corner Defining the narrative for peace in Afghanistan slipping into the hands of the Taliban “Whilst some people have a history in creating conflict, others create a history in conflict resolution”.

Crime and politics

Candid Corner The system is on the verge. Pakistan is on the verge “It is just as difficult and dangerous to try to free a people that want to remain servile as

Shrinking space for dialogue

Candid Corner Conflict can be resolved by promoting the power of diversity “Democracy must be built through open societies that share information. When there is information, there is enlightenment. When there is