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Iftekhar A Khan
Iftekhar A Khan

The writer is a freelance columnist based in Lahore.

  • December 19, 2023

    Ease of doing business

    Pakistan has remained an underdeveloped country despite possessing many natural resources. That is mainly the fault of various governments that have...

  • December 05, 2023

    Why don’t we progress?

    They say democracy is the best form of government. We have tried all forms of governments but the country failed to progress the way some other...

  • November 29, 2023

    Election excitement

    As the general elections draw near and political activity builds up, social media, TV and the newspapers are abuzz with election-related news. Many...

  • November 21, 2023

    Privatization plans

    Caretaker Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Murtaza Solangi and caretaker Federal Minister for Privatisation, Fawad Hasan Fawad...

  • June 02, 2023

    Financial inequality breeds contempt

    Our society essentially stands divided into three classes. The elite class comprises the top bureaucrats both civil and military, business tycoons...

  • May 13, 2023

    Rise of BRICS

    Fleeting momentsThe waning influence of the United States as a superpower and mounting influence of China and Russia are giving rise to a new...

  • July 25, 2022

    The exploding population

    Iranian authorities recently deported 140 illegal Pakistani migrants. The picture of the hapless migrants squatting on their haunches has appeared...

  • March 29, 2021

    Spring in Lahore

    Those who visit the Model Town Park to walk on the track or just sit there on benches to savour the loveliness of the surroundings know how...

  • March 16, 2021

    Heavy at the top

    Are the government departments in the country overstaffed? While the beneficiaries of overstaffing consider it a boon for themselves, taxpayers feel...

  • March 09, 2021

    Politicising the public

    Politics have touched a feverish pitch in the last many months. Political developments and news, more than any other important subject, have...

  • February 25, 2021

    Traffic nightmare

    The purpose of holding sports events is to provide entertainment to the public and encourage young people to indulge in physical activities....

  • January 18, 2021

    Fortune diggers

    Any episode that creates suspense and thrill quickly grabs public attention. People glue themselves to various types of news media to know what will...

  • December 26, 2020

    Shrinking print

    The newspaper print industry is facing a rapid decline. This phenomenon is not restricted to a particular country; it’s being witnessed in many...

  • December 09, 2020

    Remembering traffic victims

    The UN General Assembly proclaimed the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020 in March 2010. More than a decade has gone by since the...

  • November 19, 2020

    Trump’s exit

    Amid thundering crowds and glaring lights, US President-elect Joe Biden saluted his voters for electing him as the new occupant of the White House....

  • November 10, 2020

    Withdrawal before Christmas

    Whenever the peace talks to end the decades-old war in Afghanistan appear close to fruition, a terrorist act takes place to shatter any hope for a...

  • October 17, 2020

    Public anxiety

    A strange sense of unease pervades the air. It is palpable on many faces. Most likely, it is linked with uncertainty about the future. Psychologists...

  • October 09, 2020

    Revamping the bureaucracy

    The government has decided to reform the bureaucracy. Far-reaching changes in the structure of bureaucracy would be incorporated to make it...

  • October 03, 2020

    Turning accident-prone

    Some tragic incidents resulting in loss of precious human lives have become so common that they appear to be part of our everyday life and don’t...

  • September 14, 2020

    Will the peace endure?

    The handshake between US Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad with the newly appointed head of Afghan negotiating team Abdul Hakim Haqqani in Qatar had hardly...

  • September 08, 2020

    A new province

    The South Punjab secretariat has been made functional. A list of senior bureaucrats has appeared in different newspapers.Politicians from south...

  • September 03, 2020

    Protests in Belarus

    When an event reminds of another event that took place thousands of miles apart, it means that the two must have something in common. The recent...

  • August 19, 2020

    Rethinking cities

    The prime minister has announced the launch of the Rs5 trillion Ravi City project on the banks of the Ravi River. An area of 100,000 acres has been...

  • August 01, 2020

    Cellphone mania

    The cellphone has become part of everyone’s life. The little gadget appears so inextricably glued to everyone’s ear that it appears to form an...

  • July 21, 2020

    Exodus to cities

    The movement of people from backward areas to main cities has increased at an alarming level. As a result, large cities are expanding haphazardly...

  • June 22, 2020

    Pity the taxpayers

    The chief justice of the Supreme Court expressed his annoyance over the huge number of surplus employees in the Pakistan Railways. A few days ago,...

  • June 06, 2020

    The race war

    The dastardly act of a cop killing black American George Floyd has triggered angry protests in major cities of the US. The level of protests has...

  • June 01, 2020

    Beautification or nuisance?

    In American parlance, pork-barrel projects are defined as appropriations yielding rich patronage benefits or winning votes. In our case, public...

  • April 20, 2020

    Moon-sighting

    One may not always agree with Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry, but on moon-sighting he has been spot-on. He probably doesn’t...

  • March 14, 2020

    Peace too far

    The peace agreement between the US and the Taliban signed on February 29 went up in gun smoke sooner than expected. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani...

  • March 04, 2020

    How much patience?

    President Dr Arif Alvi recently attended a reception arranged by one of the country’s leading industrialists in Lahore. Lahore-based prominent...

  • February 19, 2020

    Total chaos

    Chief Minister Usman Buzdar surely doesn’t like unruly traffic on the roads. He recently ordered the relevant officials to take immediate steps...

  • February 06, 2020

    Railways in the limelight

    The chief justice of the apex court termed Pakistan Railways as the most corrupt department in the country and summoned its minister, Sheikh Rashid...

  • January 27, 2020

    Season of the likeminded

    Certain terms typically belong to our political arena and are not heard anywhere else. The ‘likeminded’ and the ‘forward bloc’ are the twin...

  • January 21, 2020

    Violence at home

    One of the most neglected social problems of our society is the inhuman treatment meted out to domestic assistants . In many cases, they are treated...

  • January 09, 2020

    Time to introspect

    The assassination of the most popular Iranian commander Gen Qassem Soleimani by the US has sent shockwaves in Iran.It has equally angered...

  • January 02, 2020

    A new year wish

    Christmas and New Year celebrations in the Western world combine to make a carnival of its own kind. People push their worries behind and consider...

  • December 25, 2019

    Angry nation

    The storming of the PIC by lawyers has remained a hot topic since the despicable incident occurred. It has been debated on TV screens and has...

  • December 18, 2019

    Resumption of talks

    Once again, peace talks to end the apparently never-ending war in Afghanistan started in Doha. These talks have begun and broken off so often that...

  • December 09, 2019

    The shake-up

    The Punjab bureaucracy has been shuffled like a pack of cards. Adjectives entire, massive and major were used to overhaul the most important class...

  • December 02, 2019

    Source of instability

    When China’s top diplomat said at a G20 meeting that the United States is the biggest source of instability in the world, it was neither breaking...

  • November 23, 2019

    Taxpayers’ refrain

    Almost every government that comes into power repeats a familiar mantra that people do not pay taxes. That paying tax is the duty of every...

  • November 18, 2019

    Illegal migrants

    Whenever occupants of a sinking boat in high seas are rescued, quite a few among them turn out to be our compatriots. An increasing tendency to...

  • November 14, 2019

    Spending prudently

    Some government civic organisations show much propensity for overdoing things that are not needed and overlooking what’s urgently needed....

  • November 04, 2019

    Operations and empires

    Some events are so intriguing that you’re impelled to sit back and reflect on them. The news of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s...

  • October 28, 2019

    Peace anytime?

    US Defence Secretary Mark Esper landed unannounced in Kabul on October 21 to pick up the peace thread severed by President Trump on October 5. Peace...

  • October 18, 2019

    Falling standards

    Those who attended schools and colleges in the sixties and early seventies observe that the standard of our education has gone down over the years...

  • October 14, 2019

    The newsmakers

    File photoMany public-sector organisations vie to remain in the news but some come out clear winners for their own reasons. The Pakistan Steel Mills...

  • October 05, 2019

    Delayed public projects

    Every government boasts about serving the people who elected it. Hence attending to public needs and ensuring its wellbeing should be at the top of...