Saturday September 23, 2023
Ali Ahsan
Ali Ahsan

  • August 28, 2022

    Prince of the princes: Shamim Saifullah Khan

    There was little in my time at Aitchison that felt as rewarding as my leaving of it. “Tell me about Aitchison. Tell me how we can be better. And...

  • November 13, 2021

    Wounds that refuse to heal

    There are days when I love my country the way a resigned parent loves a recidivist child. Viscerally, unconditionally, unapologetically, but without...

  • October 29, 2021

    Bread and circus

    They say that patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel. But if you’re the Captain and your starting gambit itself was patriotism, where do you...

  • October 11, 2021

    Nasty, brutish and short

    Nasty, brutish and short. That is how Thomas Hobbes described life in the state of nature, a setting in which there were no enforceable criteria of...

  • September 21, 2021

    When in a hole

    When you find yourself in a hole, keep digging. That, dear readers, may well be the ultimate epitaph for Pakistan. Everyone’s focused on the hole....

  • September 11, 2021

    The road to hell

    The road to hell, they say, is paved with good intentions. And there is no purer intent than that of the lion of Mianwali. He roars at the elites,...

  • June 30, 2021

    A captain, not a cynic

    Sometimes your column is a blissful two weeks out, but the prime minister puts his foot in it on day two. Alas, you sigh…carpe diem.The fact that...

  • June 22, 2021

    Seeing things that never were

    Lina Khan, an American of Pakistani origin, is the new chair of the US Federal Trade Commission. Lina Khan is also 32.In Pakistan, the only...

  • June 04, 2021

    Everything has to change

    “This is a family gone to seed”.We had left the grand haveli of one of my grandfather’s contemporaries from his ancestral village. Grand,...

  • May 26, 2021

    A triumphal return?

    As our foreign minister voiced unhelpful tropes on CNN, the broader point he struggled to drive home was instead on display in a shameful full-page...