Losing hearts and minds

Publish in The Nation, 4th May 2018. A few years ago I was working at an international bank in Pakistan. The Global CEO was leading a drive on exceptional customer service and corporate was coming up with all sorts of service pledges and metrics to measure how our branches were performing. As a young graduate, …

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Republic of Kafiristan

A few days ago, I shared my feelings on a certain politician’s tirade against Ahmedis in Pakistan. Soon after my friends received inquiries whether I was an Ahmedi. I find it beneath me to even respond to such a question. But it showed me that for certain individuals from my strata of society - educated …

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Pakistan’s startup culture is full of promise

This piece was published on propakistani.com on 20th Jan 2017. (Above image courtesy Techjuice.pk) This piece is a response to the recent article on Pakistani startups by Mir Muhammad Ali Khan. I have followed with interest, comments and views on his original post and on propakistani, as well as follow up posts and comments. My …

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Fear and loathing across the United States

I have been asked by a lot of friends in Pakistan on how to make sense of the US election result. For months, I had been telling them that Hillary will win and Trump had no chance. So, I feel that I have an obligation to help them understand what the hell happened here. How …

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Selecting the next Army Chief

Over the past few months, we have heard and read a lot about the appointment of the next Army Chief of the Pakistan Army. Needless to say, this is probably the only appointment of an Army Chief anywhere in the world which garners so much global and local media attention. Most articles that I have …

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What Kayani said right…

"We in the army understand very well that there should be a very good balance between defence and development. You cannot be spending on defence alone and forgetting about development.  Ultimately, the security of a country is not only that you secure boundaries and borders but it is when people that live in the country …

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