Author Archives: Abbas Hasan


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A tale of two parties

All recent incoming governments in Pakistan have faced crises of various forms – the current one having its share of crises compounded by COVID.  This government had promised a new approach to


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Watching the Umpires

All eyes on Panama Case’s verdict I believe it was the former England cricket Captain Geoffrey Boycott who once said “no one comes to a match to watch the umpires”. But in


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Orange Line turns red

The current case in the Supreme Court regarding the Orange line train has all the hallmarks of a classic David versus Goliath fight or – for the modern reader – the Star


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Qatar wins again

First the bustards, now this The physicist Steven Hawkings said that “The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance but it is the illusion of knowledge”. This is what the PML-N government


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Visit to Vietnam

Moving forward and putting the past in the past During the evacuation of Saigon in 1975 with the North Vietnamese troops closing on the city, the then Life-Time magazine editor sent a


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Salaam Pakistan

Spite, misbegotten pride and prejudice The scholar Ibn Khaldun in his seminal work the Muqaddimah states that “myths have nothing to do with history” and warns against “uncritical acceptance of historical data”,


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A binary new world

As the US election rolls in, we take stock Victorian England’s rivalry between Gladstone and Disraeli, produced some of the wittiest exchange of political insults. Gladstone once addressed Disraeli as “my honorable friend”


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Letter from Mianchannu

Why PTI is the new PML-Q Mianchannu district Khanewal is approximately 230 km south of Lahore and 60 km north of Multan, with a population of just over 100,000 it lies in


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LNG

Or Pakistan’s Fools’ Gold Over the last year the price of energy worldwide has been on a downward trajectory, except in Pakistan where the government recently hiked up gas prices by 35


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Indus, the Source of Life

Why India’s refusal to honour the Indus Water Treaty is significant Water is the source of life, therefore the recent threat emanating from India not to honour the Indus Water Treaty (IWT)

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