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Grave matters – F.S. Aijazuddin

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The writer is an author. I HAVE just buried my nephew Shaharyaruddin. He fell victim to Covid-19. It no longer matters to which strain that...

Judging the judges – F.S. Aijazuddin

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THE Bhuttos and tragedy share a grave. They are like the Kennedys and the Nehruvian Gandhis — privileged families who invoke (to borrow Homer’s...

A golden rebirth – F.S. Aijazuddin

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“I SHALL live, I shall flourish, I shall wake up in peace.” These words from their Book of the Dead made the ancient Egyptians...

Fiery phoenixes – F.S. Aijazuddin

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IN Indo-Pak relations, peace is less a bullet-ridden dove than a lacerated phoenix that rises periodically out of the ashes of experience. Its latest emergence...

Hiding the truth – F.S. Aijazuddin

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THE gullibility of the voting public may be elastic but it is not unbreakable. The latest test in civic credulousness came in PTI’s submission...

New lease of life – F.S. Aijazuddin

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I NEVER thought I would need the jab of a vaccine to activate my patriotism. Since news of the availability of anti-Covid-19 vaccines has been...

History in folios – F.S. Aijazuddin

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LIKE other living organisms, libraries too die. They may survive for 700 years as Oxford’s Bodleian Library has done, but even that venerable...

Cursory knowledge – F.S. Aijazuddin

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A BOOK is a human mind compressed between two covers. A library is an orderly arrangement of books. And a virtual literature festival...

Into the sunset – F.S. Aijazuddin

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RETIREMENT is a dress rehearsal for death, but with the additional burden of recurring costs. Pakistan has a population of about 230 million, give or...

Unburied conscience- F.S. Aijazuddin

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CERTAIN events in a nation’s history (however traumatic) need to be retrieved from the cupboard of memory. One such occasion occurred 50 years...