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Dr Naazir Mahmood
Dr Naazir Mahmood

The writer holds a PhD from the University of Birmingham, UK and works in Islamabad.

  • October 28, 2018

    An ode to music

    When I wrote ‘An elegy to music’ last week, little did I realise that soon I would be writing an ode to music too. But before the ode, let me...

  • October 21, 2018

    An elegy to music

    “If music be the food of love, play on,/Give me excess of it; that surfeiting,/The appetite may sicken, and so die.” – Twelfth Night Act 1,...

  • October 13, 2018

    How to save a life

    Last week’s column about ambulance services drew responses from many readers. Most readers who sent me emails agreed with the basic premise that...

  • October 07, 2018

    What is wrong with our ambulances?

    In the absence of an effective healthcare system, it is only the bigger hospitals that people go to in an emergency. The failure of our state to...

  • September 29, 2018

    Higher education: federal or provincial?

    Ever since the current government assumed charge in Islamabad, there has been a renewed discussion about a ‘uniform curriculum’. In its desire...

  • September 23, 2018

    From Kabul to Kolkata

    The recent about-turn by India on expected India-Pakistan talks in New York is a major blow to peace prospects in the region. Before this episode,...

  • September 16, 2018

    A Marxist disowned by comrades

    I met Somnath Chatterjee only once, for a couple of hours in Delhi in 1984. Comrade Somnath Chatterjee , the only communist speaker of India’s Lok...