Askari Raza Malik

  • A young PPP enthusiast asked me, “Can we fight America?” I smiled. General Pervez Musharraf on receiving the American threat of being bombed into stone age, had war-gamed the same issue, “Could we fight America”? The answer was “no”.Around the 500 BC Athens was faced with an imminent ...

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  • The last few days have been eventful, tumultuous, nerve wrecking and in many ways of historic significance. There were many a ‘first time’.It was the first time that the American foreign office came out publicly to deny any involvement in the internal affairs of Pakistan.It was the first time ...

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  • ‘Today’ is relevant only in the context of yesterday and tomorrow. For the wise, yesterday illuminates the path for tomorrow. The majority lives for today. History has no space for them. The same is true of leaders. Those who cannot rise above the present get lost in the unknown ...

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  • “The concept of the imperceptible is a decisive factor distinguishing man from animal”, said Syed Qutab. Translated in Muslim spiritual parlance, it is God consciousness or Taqwa. It provides a strong defence against the baser human instincts of slipping back into animalism or Jahiliya, ...

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  • The Arabs were quite familiar with India from the pre-Islamic days. Their coastal trade route covered Gujarat, Kerala and Bengal. Much before the first military expedition under young general Muhammad Bin Qasim in 672 CE, the Muslim traders had built their worship places in several places in India. ...

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  • It was around midnight November 23/24, 1971 when the four of us landed at Karachi on our way to Colombo and onward to the erstwhile East Pakistan. We had about eight hours in Karachi. The options were many from the cabaret at the Metropole to a walk on the beach. The serenity of the sojourn led us ...

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  • General Raheel Sharif by his unequivocal announcement stands tall as a ‘man of dignity and unbending principle’. There is no doubt that he has earned himself unanimous praise and considerably enhanced the image of the Army. His supposed premature announcement came for the same reasons ...

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