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A dangerous thaw – F.S. Aijazuddin

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GOVERNANCE in Pakistan, like the Arctic icecap, is melting. Its fragments are collapsing into an ocean of incompetence. Socio-geologists detect signs of an irreversible change...

Exporting surpluses – F.S. Aijazuddin

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SEQUELS are best avoided, unless one is a Steven Spielberg. He followed his hugely successful natural horror film Jaws with three sequels. Margaret Mitchell’s...

Bend it like… – F.S. Aijazuddin

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ETHNICITY is the underside of nationality. No one is more acutely aware of this than political refugees — persons who turn their backs on...

Costly secrets – F.S. Aijazuddin

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IN governance, truth, like air in the stratosphere, comes rarefied. No voter expects politicians to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the...

Perfidious Albion – F.S. Aijazuddin

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“AN ambassador is an honest man sent abroad to lie and intrigue for the benefit of his country,” the British diplomat Sir Henry Wotton...

Royal taxidermy – F.S. Aijazuddin

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ROYALS are buried with ceremonial fanfare. What they never hear is the scratch of the pen by their biographers, as they scavenge among diaries,...

Grinning infamy – F.S. Aijazuddin

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SIR Winston Churchill — himself half-American — once contended that Great Britain and the United States were “two nations divided by a common language”....

Bitter after-taste – F.S. Aijazuddin

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PRESIDENT Joe Biden has handed Afgh­an­istan to the Taliban on a platter. After his mismanagement of the withdrawal from Afghanistan, he has also...

Races between races – F.S. Aijazuddin

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THE XXXII Olympic Summer Games are over. The empty seats in the stadium will remain vacant, waiting for the silent scourge of Covid-19 to...

Races between races – F.S. Aijazuddin

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THE XXXII Olympic Summer Games are over. The empty seats in the stadium will remain vacant, waiting for the silent scourge of Covid-19 to...