The Station of Love


Mustaqeem Hussain entered the newly built café in Lahore and was captivated by the aromatic, energizing and pungent smell of coffee beans. The fingers in his two hands were enough to count the people sitting in the made in wood café.  He stood there inhaling, and relaxing before finding his way towards Salman Mansoor, sitting in the gloomy corner of the café.

“How are you?” he said and waited for Salman’s response as he sat down on the wooden chair. “Salman, —how are you?” he asked again.

Salman looked away from the windows and asked with furrowed brows, “What happened?” Continue reading

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Pakistan: Blasphemy and the Blasphemers


To say that the Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws are talk of the town would be an understatement of sort. The laws currently are the world phenomenon courtesy the verdict in Aasia Bibi’s case in November 2010 and now Rimsha, 11-year-old Christian girl with Down Syndrome was arrested by police in Islamabad on a charge of blasphemy for allegedly burning pages of the Quran. There has been hue and cry from all around the world; from Pop Benedict XVI to the people in United Kingdom, United States of America and elsewhere in the world. The foreign people and the media are being helped by our local media as well as the so called human right activist (read opportunists) and some politicians as well, all of them calling for the annulment/amendments in the law. There major cause of concern is the section 295-B and 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code popularly known as Blasphemy Laws.

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Four Elements: The Story of Our Lives


It would not be difficult for any of us to gauge that our life revolves around numbers. From the day one till the last breath we just cannot get away from the number syndrome. As soon as a baby is born the first number is the date and time of birth and the last one is the date and time of the death including the age. What happens in between that may vary from person to person but one thing is similar for almost all the people – the phase of education. After that although the perspective for everyone gets different with respect to the numbers but it does not abandon any one of us.

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The System of Good Governance


The Perfect System of Universe

The Perfect System of Universe

Governance relates to decisions that define expectations, grant power, or verify performance. It consists either of a separate process or of a specific part of management or leadership processes. In the case of a business or of a non-profit organization, governance relates to consistent management, cohesive policies, processes and decision-rights for a given area of responsibility. Continue reading

Terrorism – Myth & Reality


One person's terrorist is another person's freedom fighter

One person's terrorist is another person's freedom fighter

Terrorism is defined by the U.S. Department of Defense as “the unlawful use of — or threatened use of — force or violence against individuals or property to coerce or intimidate governments or societies, often to achieve political, religious, or ideological objectives.”

The definition of the term in the Oxford Concise Dictionary of Politics Continue reading

Dearth of Leadership


In search of a Leader

A statesman is usually a politician or other notable figure of state who has had a long and respected career in politics at the national and international level. When politicians retire, they are often referred to as elder statesmen. This may be true for many countries around the world but this happens rather rarely in our country.

Statesmanship also conveys a quality of leadership that organically brings people together and of eldership, a spirit of caring for others and for Continue reading

Reflections: Two Years at a Public Sector Institute


It took quite a while, but the time finally came when I got admission in a Public sector Institute to complete my master’s degree. I always had a dream of getting admission in LUMS, LSE, PCBA or PAK-AIMS but I was not able to get in somehow reason either I was late or there were some financial constraints. In the meanwhile I got a job in bank and started working for in search of greener pastures with the reverie of completing master degree someday. And after six months I quitted Continue reading