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‘On Compromise’ by John Morley that Jinnah suggested for reading

  Below is the text of famous writing, On Compromise, by Lord John Morley of UK. I just found it in my collection of pdf documents gathered from various online & offline sources. Thought it is important to share it

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Haan Mein Mujrim Hoon!

  My Urdu article published in Daily Express in September 2011, might clarify few myths about the ‘liberals’ of Pakistan who are frequently accused of being ‘anti-Pakistan’ and ‘anti-Islam’. It also elaborates what I mean when I say I dream

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The ‘anti-state’ Sarmachars of Balochistan

Appeared in Daily Times on Monday February 27, 2012 as my weekly column BAAGHI After US Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s sudden attention to Balochistan, the Pakistani media went bonkers to protect the proverbial ‘sovereignty’ of our country — a cause championed

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What’s Brewing in Pakistan

This was written for The Open Magazine of India, and appeared on Saturday January 21, 2012 ISLAMABAD ~ Ever since democracy was restored in Pakistan after the general elections of 2008, not a day has passed without a crisis—sometimes engineered,

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Revisiting the ideology of Pakistan

This was originally published in the September 2011 issue of Pragati  If there is one national termite that has been eating up Pakistan’s physiology and neurology, it is its purported ‘ideology’. After more than six decades of existence, Pakistan is

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Confronting Popular Narrative about the Taliban — II

This appeared as my weekly column BAAGHI in Daily Times on Monday October 17, 2011. The first part of this article can be seen here. This blogpost corrects the two names erroneously misquoted in the printed version; One: it was

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Confronting Popular Narrative about the Taliban — I

It originally appeared in Daily Times as my weekly column BAAGHI on Monday October 10, 2011 Last week, one got the opportunity to be on a television talk show with General Hamid Gul and Oria Maqbool Jan, a civil servant

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Liberalisation of strategic depth — I

Originally published in Daily Times on Monday September 12, 2011 as my weekly column BAAGHI On the tenth anniversary of 9/11, all we have in our hands is 35,000 graves, no state writ in 40 percent of our territory and

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A Head-on Collision with Hawks

Originally published as my weekly BAAGHI in Daily Times on Monday August 29, 2011 If you have any doubt about the stagnation of positivist thought process, decadent intellectual honesty and utter defeat of reason in Pakistan, try speaking your mind

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Shelve the Old Music Please!

This piece originally appeared in Daily Times as my weekly OpEd BAAGHI on Monday August 1, 2011 When your favourite songs are labelled under ‘old music’, it reminds one of changing times and trends. From the vintage black telephone sets

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We, the Delusional Liberals

It was published as BAAGHI in Daily Times on Monday, July 25, 2011. I wrote this in response to an article by Mr. Shashi Tharoor, India’s member of Parliament and former Minister of State for External Affairs that appeared in

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The Objectionable Resolution

Originally published in Newsweek Pakistan in the issue of March 21, 2011 Those who believe Pakistan was created in the name of Islam are plain wrong. History is never without its distortions, and depends on whose perspective it is written

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