Ever since its inception in 1947 the people of Pakistan have been carrying on a relentless struggle to establish democracy as envisioned by Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who had single-handedly created a Muslim homeland through vote. He had a vision to establish Pakistan as model of liberal, progressive democracy with an egalitarian order for other …

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Seventy years down the road Pakistan seems to have reached a defining moment in history. In the year 2008 we had seen as a nation culmination of a long drawn struggle for democracy headed by martyred Benazir Bhutto. With the advent of a democratic government in the year it was taken for granted that the …

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Inviting all the heads of SAARC countries except Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan to the second time swearing in of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after his triumphant election victory is typical of a bitchy start to of what could possibly be a hope for otherwise dying optimism for a new beginning of relations between …

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In a small city in the municipal limits of Ludhiana district in India May 11 was a big occasion. People including intellectuals gathered to remember perhaps the most outstanding son of the soil—Sa’adat Hasan Manto and indeed the greatest Urdu/Hindustani short story writer of all times. The event was organized by Lekhak Manch Samrala which was attended by …

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As one plans celebration of Freedom of Press Day on May 3rd, latest victim of media strangulation is Najam Sethi’s TV show on a local channel. The PREMRA has acted most arbitrarily on telecasting of a programme by Sethi that outlined ‘A’ and ‘B’ scheme of things slowly unfolding what is being forecast by the …

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London: In August Pakistan will complete 72 years of its independent and sovereign existence. Its creation was a unique phenomenon. The entire Pakistan Movement was an epitome of honesty in leadership, sincerity of purpose, dedication, determination and moral courage that made the idea of a separate Muslim state possible. Quaid’s biographer, late Professor Stanley Wolpert …

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It was in 1968 that I came to London as part of eight journalists from Commonwealth countries given Commonwealth Press Union Scholarship for mid-age newsmen for training in advance journalism. Our stay here was multi-faceted, very well-choreographed and highly educational. Our group was taken around UK from London to Edinburgh and various places in between …

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One of the most popular and oft used quotes of Shakespeare has been Ides of March from his play Julius Caesar.  He warns the Roman Emperor of the tragic fate that awaited him.  And ever since the day that marked Caesar’s assassination, Ides of March is used as a precursor to forecasting events of far-reaching consequences. In …

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