Ayaz Amir

Goodbye to some of this

AN all too temporary goodbye I hope because anything on permanent lines, as I told my masters in Dawn, would break ... Published Dec 21, 2007 12:00am

Reinventing the nation

OR rather reinventing the nation’s politics, for the old directions are dead, heaped up like fossils of an age gone... Published Dec 14, 2007 12:00am

Opening fresh wounds

WHEN Pervaiz Elahi who, judging by his anti-PPP tirades, seems to be getting more desperate by the hour, arrived in... Published Dec 07, 2007 12:00am

Tragedy in uniform

OUR history, sad and comic by turns, is full of might-have-beens. Pervez Musharraf could have been the golden boy of... Published Nov 30, 2007 12:00am

Charlatans, humbugs and a few heroes

OUR tin-clad Generalissimo may not be blessed in his own talent or powers (if he were he wouldn’t be in the mess he... Published Nov 23, 2007 12:00am

Freedom doesn’t come easy

“WHEN the nation is about to be declared a failed state,” asks embattled Pervez Musharraf, “tell me ... Published Nov 16, 2007 12:00am

Getting away with farce?

THIS is unsustainable and cannot last. You can’t mock the heavens and think there will be nothing to pay for it.... Published Nov 09, 2007 12:00am

Fate hanging in the balance

NOT an individual’s fate but the nation’s because if we get it wrong this time, and take the wrong turning, the gods... Published Nov 02, 2007 12:00am

Still time for a salvage mission

THE anti-Musharraf movement in full bloom this summer has passed. The opposition parties fluffed it or our stars ... Published Oct 26, 2007 12:00am

The logjam breaks

CARPING and cynicism aside — and we are good at both — this is proving to be a smooth change: from the old to... Published Oct 19, 2007 12:00am

Advantages of a ‘peasant’ army

IN better-off countries than ours battlefield casualties matter. When soldiers die explanations have to be offered. ... Published Oct 12, 2007 12:00am

Never say die

“Be patient now, my soul; thou hast endured much worse than this.” –– Odysseus UNTIL now I never truly grasped the... Published Oct 05, 2007 12:00am

One more push, comrades

AIK dhaka aur, comes a cry from afar, for the towers of authoritarianism are tottering, the halls of government are... Published Sep 28, 2007 12:00am

Real parrots are less funny

“IF elected for second term as president, General Pervez Musharraf will (step down as army chief).” The Supreme ... Published Sep 21, 2007 12:00am

Reprieve for ‘tinpotism’

THE events of Sept 10, leading to Nawaz Sharif’s deportation to Saudi Arabia, have handed Pervez Musharraf his first... Published Sep 14, 2007 12:00am

Humour in uniform

THINGS are becoming topsy-turvy, the abnormal and bizarre becoming everyday reality. Our nuke capability was ... Published Sep 07, 2007 12:00am

Autumn of the jackals

FROM the sublimity of the lawyers’ movement (and don’t tell me it didn’t have a touch of the heroic about it) we are... Published Aug 31, 2007 12:00am

Tinpot heroes don’t go that easily

THEY go screaming and kicking even when it is clear to all but themselves that their time is up and they have... Published Aug 24, 2007 12:00am

Fighting someone else’s war

THE war the Pakistan army is being made to fight in the two Waziristans is not our war. It is a war calibrated to an... Published Aug 17, 2007 12:00am

What price such a liability?

EMERGENCY, martial law, election in uniform, election from these assemblies, no return of Nawaz Sharif, a deal with... Published Aug 10, 2007 12:00am