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Friday February 23, 2024
Ghazi Salahuddin
Ghazi Salahuddin

The writer is a staff member.

  • February 18, 2024

    A Kafkaesque nightmare

    Over a week after contested general elections, outcome remains uncertain

  • February 11, 2024

    The morning after

    Original sin, of course, was to select Imran Khan as saviour of nation and then to groom and launch him in 2018

  • February 04, 2024

    Now, the chase sequence

    When one of the time bombs seemingly planted for the final days of the electoral campaign exploded on Tuesday morning, there naturally was a rush of...

  • January 28, 2024

    Ahsan Raza won’t vote

    Now, this headline would naturally leave you in a state of shock

  • January 14, 2024

    Thriving on confusion

    Here is latest twists and turns in story, play out in domain of higher judiciary, Simultaneously, so much more is happening on other fronts

  • January 07, 2024

    Storytelling as therapy

    Shahnaz Aijazuddin mentioned Harry Potter and the magical realm created by J K Rowling as an extension of a dastan like Tilism-e-Hoshruba

  • December 24, 2023

    Waiting for democracy

    While we wait for elections to be held – with bated breath, perhaps – there are matters of greater significance that trouble the minds of people...

  • December 03, 2023

    An invitation to dream

    With the proceedings of the four-day 16th International Urdu Conference continuing this weekend at the Arts Council in Karachi, there is this...

  • November 26, 2023

    Crime and police

    Anyhow, I do need to provide a glimpse of what has been reported in the media

  • November 12, 2023

    A flowering in Sukkur

    Panellists can be seen listening to a speaker during a closing ceremony of the two-day Pakistan Literature Festival 2023 Sukkur on October 29, 2023,...

  • October 29, 2023

    The power of protest

    Supporters of Hezbollah and allied Palestinian factions in Lebanon lift flags and placards during a protest in the southern city of Sidon in...

  • October 22, 2023

    A war in our minds

    A picture taken from Sderot on October 21, 2023, shows smoke rising over buildings in the Gaza Strip during an Israeli strike. — AFP   During my...

  • October 15, 2023

    A struggle for sanity

    Chancing upon a history quiz on YouTube, I was a bit intrigued by a question on Winston Churchill. Though I vaguely had some idea about what it was...

  • October 08, 2023

    First, the enemy within

    Though it fell to caretaker Interior Minister Sarfraz Bugti’s lot to deliver it, the message clearly had the stamp of a higher level. And it...

  • October 01, 2023

    In the pit of poverty

    When Malik Meraj Khalid became caretaker prime minister in November 1997, he had his first close encounter with the prime minister’s house in...

  • September 24, 2023

    Wilting in the wilderness

    Oh, to be young. Poets, writers and philosophers have celebrated this magical phase in one’s life. A young person, anywhere and in any...

  • September 17, 2023

    Stay hungry, stay foolish

    There was this ‘gentleman’ in the Moliere play who was delighted to learn that he had been speaking in ‘prose’ all his life without knowing...

  • September 10, 2023

    Looking homeward, dizzily

    As the poet said: 'They are not long, the days of wine and roses'. Any extravagant retreat from the daily rigours of our lives, if we are at all...

  • September 03, 2023

    Mughal-e-Azam vs Modi

    Have you watched ‘Mughal-e-Azam’? This question, posed to any cinema enthusiast, would readily invoke a reference to that epic movie made by K...

  • August 27, 2023

    A sense of the world

    It had been raining for hours, though not as heavily as our monsoon downpours, when we ventured out on a drive. It was early in the afternoon last...

  • August 20, 2023

    Why Bob Dylan matters

    One of my pleasures in visiting our elder daughter in southern California is to feel the warmth and glory of the cultural environment of Los...

  • August 13, 2023

    Leaving Pakistan behind

    As we escalated on to the main concourse of the Istanbul Airport, we were greeted by the sound of music. A group of young people was dancing in a...

  • July 23, 2023

    Ciphers you can’t decipher

    Even if you are totally bowled over by the endless reverberations of what had happened on May 9, you still need to have patience to bear with this...

  • July 16, 2023

    Living unliveable lives

    In recent weeks, there is this subject tugging at my heart that I have been afraid to take up. I find it very unsettling, emotionally, and feel that...

  • July 09, 2023

    Justice(s) on trial

    While the stage is abuzz with a medley of ‘dramatis personae’, the spotlight this week has mostly been on the higher judiciary. Specifically,...

  • July 02, 2023

    Ah, but there’s the rub

    An ‘Alhamdulillah’ moment it was for Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif when Pakistan reached a nine-month $3 billion staff-level agreement with the...

  • June 25, 2023

    A tale of two disasters

    First, I have to make this confession that I am unable to bring together my thoughts on the two marine tragedies that relate to Pakistan in a...

  • June 18, 2023

    Cyclones in our lives

    For almost the entire week, so many of us had anxiously waited for the threatened arrival of a cyclone. Since there was an element of...

  • June 11, 2023

    Suspend your disbelief

    It does seem to be so unreal, all that has happened in Pakistan – and the events are continuing to unfold. For many of us, it is a rollercoaster...

  • June 04, 2023

    Let the curtain rise

    Last week, in this space, I had invoked the concept of the Greek tragedy to portray the gradual decimation of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and the...

  • May 28, 2023

    Imran’s Greek tragedy

    Caught in the eye of the storm, it is not easy to fully grasp the meaning and the drift of events that are taking place at such a fast pace. What we...

  • May 21, 2023

    Connecting the dates

    Where were you on May 9, 2023? This is one journalistic device to bring up a particular event for comment and interpretation, an event that may have...

  • May 14, 2023

    A fight to the end

    A spectre is haunting Pakistan – the spectre of a possibly violent final round in the ongoing tussle for power. As the battle lines are being...

  • May 07, 2023

    Rotting from the bottom too

    There is this thought that I have recycled in my columns a few times. And I remember expounding on it a bit in an article in the now defunct news...

  • April 30, 2023

    A suffocated life

    We have a graphic analysis of how political instability has taken a toll on human rights in the annual report of the Human Rights Commission of...

  • April 16, 2023

    Beginning of the end?

    Will Sindh submerge again? This was the title of a seminar held at the Arts Council in Karachi on Thursday. It was sponsored by a new civil society...

  • April 09, 2023

    In the mirror of April 4

    An uncanny, even providential, coincidence it was that the three-member bench of the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial, announced...

  • April 02, 2023

    Reaping the whirlwind

    In recent months, I have had a question for any high official or person with access to the corridors of power: “is the situation as bad as people...

  • March 26, 2023

    In the fire of spring

    At this time of the year when the vernal equinox has certified a change in season, the poet – Omar Khayyam, in fact – would advise you to fling...

  • March 19, 2023

    Footsteps of anarchy

    There is something about Imran Khan’s bond with the higher courts that one cannot easily fathom. And I cannot begin to explore that because of my...

  • March 05, 2023

    Judging the judges

    There is this “gripping story of the Supreme Court’s transformation from a measured institution of law and justice into a highly politicised...

  • February 26, 2023

    Challenge and response

    Shouldn’t one be a little surprised – and intrigued – when the head of the International Monetary Fund makes this statement: “We want the...

  • February 19, 2023

    A bonfire of literary festivals

    What use do we have for the poets, writers and, in a general sense, intellectuals whose business it is to teach us to think, to feel and to dream?...