Stories for: F.S. Aijazuddin

Voting early

The voting age could be reduced to, say, birth.

Ninety-nine — not out

“I am a Pakistani by birth and at heart” — Khushwant Singh.

The 16th round

THERE is a growl that can be heard across India. It is a sound somewhere between the plaintive whimper of the poor...

Basant manqué

THERE are moments in a city’s life when its performance sometimes equals its reputation. Lahore, once synonymous...

The urban botanist

THE city of Chandigarh is Islamabad gone right. The similarities between these two cities — of their size, the ...

Poor and dead

THERE is hardly a family in Pakistan, middle-class or above, that does not have a relative in Canada, or a juvenile...

Whipsaw of politics

ANYONE expecting an improvement in Pakistan needs to be patient. At its present pace of progress or regress (it...

The voting dead

DEAD leaders in Pakistan do not forfeit their constituencies. If anything, their vote bank increases as time passes....

His eyes have closed

HUMAN beings like Nelson Mandela do not die: they simply stop breathing. Fifty years from now, another generation...

Interfaith monologues

ABRAHAMIC religions have a patrimony of persecution. Over millennia, Judaism has been persecuted by history,...

Devi-yatras here & there

ONE would not have expected to encounter Devi in Balochistan and certainly not in a gully deep in the Kirthar...

The tired Tibetan

THE predicament of the modern Tibetan is a poignant one: how does one believe in rebirth when the very symbol of ...

Latrines and loyalties

SHORT of martyrdom, an extreme test of loyalty is to use the latrines on our side of the Wagah border. They ...

The rich man’s soap opera

POLITICS is the rich man’s soap opera, without breaks for commercials. It contains everything — drama, ambition

Return to the fold

OBVIOUSLY everyone has an ancestry; it is only a matter of rummaging deep enough into the past to discover who...

Progress, in slow motion

WATCHING Pakistan progress over the past 66 years has been like viewing a 16 mm movie — projected in slow motion....

The tip of the noodle

SO, the once sleepy fishing village of Gwadar in south Balochistan is to become the 21st-century Hong Kong. It may...

The pagodas of commerce

YESTERDAY, Pakistan celebrated its 66th birthday. Had it been a person, it might have confided to itself the...

The unwanted Caesar

THERE must be some Pakistanis left to whom the office of the presidency of Pakistan has some value. There must be at...

The sieves of security

WHAT do Daniel Ellsberg, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden, and the Abbottabad Commission Report have in common? Each ...


A reign of fear

Auction mania

Two sides of one coin

New status for TTP?


Too much for too little

The name of the game

Roles reversed

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