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A drop of rain on a parched land

Confronted with a myriad of problems, despondency often sets in to dull the spirit and dilute the passion. But with the first drop of rain wetting a...

29.03.2024 40

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Lingering in the chambers of darkness

Debates have often raged in the country regarding the reasons why Pakistani institutions crumble so abominably under pressure that they stop...

22.03.2024 40

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Time to divorce delusion

The induction of a new government that is not equipped with the legitimacy to come up with any medium- or long-term strategy to rid the country of its...

15.03.2024 30

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And then the deluge

Tampering with the election process has been a favourite pastime of the power-wielders in the country. It is sardonically stated that the only free...

08.03.2024 20

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Burgeoning hope, looming uncertainties

“I am tired, tired of being enclosed here. I am wearying to escape into that glorious world, and to be always there: not seeing it dimly through...

26.01.2024 20

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Things a ‘bat’ would make them do

It is only the symbol of a ‘bat’, but it already has a million stories associated with it. The more the orchestrators try to oust it from...

19.01.2024 20

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Two paths from here on

The Peshawar High Court’s decision to restore to the PTI its election symbol of bat has cast a spell of shock upon the entire government machinery...

12.01.2024 20

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Some things are better left undone

It is seldom that one witnesses a state and its institutions so wholesomely and maniacally driven by the task of eliminating the legacy of one...

05.01.2024 40

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With fear lurking, eyes denuded of sight

It was Shakespeare who said in ‘The Tempest’: “Those are pearls that were his eyes”. So powerful was the impact of the line that T S Eliot...

29.12.2023 30

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Breaking barriers, discovering new vistas

Much that it may be denied in every conceivable way, the Sunday night virtual jalsa of the PTI has jolted the power-wielders out of their contrived...

22.12.2023 20

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When sanity is banished from discourse

We are living through times when a foreboding often casts its shadow that whatever we were taught through our evolving years, whatever we learnt...

15.12.2023 60

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Cometh the day, cometh the hour

As time crawls to February 8, the date the ECP has designated for holding the next general elections in the country, the related uncertainties are...

08.12.2023 20

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The legend of the phoenix

The qualities associated with the legend of the phoenix are symptomatic of our times in an uncanny manner: that each phoenix lives for 500 years and...

01.12.2023 20

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Hate nurtured and sanity bartered

I have often written about the degenerative trends which seem to be swamping society and the destructive impact the phenomenon will generate for all...

24.11.2023 50

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Foundational ethos and ideological predators

There comes a time when one develops a feeling of rusting: that one’s voice is lost, and energy level depleting; that one’s words are losing their...

17.11.2023 60

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Trouble across the western border

Given the paucity of ideas and strategy to deal with the induction of the Taliban government in Afghanistan in the aftermath of the US withdrawal, one...

10.11.2023 60

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A recipe of ruination, a lifetime of shame

These days, the apparent vast canvass of subjects that one thinks one can write about is, in fact, a mere mirage as all of them melt into just one...

03.11.2023 30

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When dreams crumble

Transition is a strange phenomenon that impacts life in a million ways. Most importantly, it comes laden with dreams that tomorrow shall erase the...

27.10.2023 40

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World watches a genocide in silence

Injustice, tyranny, torture, oppression, repression, fascism, and such other lethal implements, when perpetrated, do not carry the face of the...

20.10.2023 80

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Caged justice and numbed brains

“Out of the huts of history’s shame, I rise./ Up from the past that’s rooted in pain, I rise./ I am a black ocean, leaping and wide,/ Welling...

13.10.2023 30

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A tradition of pain, a sparkle of hope

“In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile....

06.10.2023 40

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State against people

Highlighting the growing trust deficit between the state and the people, I tweeted a few days ago: “A country unwilling to engage with itself to...

29.09.2023 100

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Fodder for alien cannons

With the release of the follow-up report by The Intercept regarding the alleged sale of arms to Ukraine due to economic contingencies and US pressure,...

23.09.2023 30

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The echoes getting closer and louder

Some among us are sensitive to even the slightest deviation from the course of truth and justice while others show a penchant to gel with the way...

15.09.2023 20

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The sparks are aflame

Much may already have happened, but much more, tragically, continues to happen. It may not be difficult to fathom the direction the steps currently...

08.09.2023 20

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