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  6. Faisalabad in 2028
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  8. Child Sexual Abuse
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  13. ExxonMobil – Close to hitting huge oil reserves in Pakistan, bigger than Kuwait’s
  14. NAYA PAKISTAN?
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  16. Women’s Rights under Family Law
  17. Shutting the Door on Refugees
  18. Water Challenges and Opportunities
  19. In Conversation with Dr. Ghulam Rasul on Hydrology
  20. In Conversation with Shafqat kakakhel: Internal Water Management Practices
  21. Come on Skipper !
  22. GUMM
  23. Annus Horibilis
  24. The Inhumanity of Pakistan’s Coal Industry
  25. Iran Nuclear Deal The U.S Withdrawal
  26. Method in the Madness
  27. Legal System Reforms
  28. Power Over Impulse
  29. Refugees and Migrants are People too
  30. PTCL – A Nonstop Journey Towards Excellence
  31. Gulgee – The Last of The Greats
  32. Patrik Hoffmann – Sonraj
  33. Pakistan’s Primordial Hindu Heritage
  34. Pakistan’s Migrant Tragedy
  35. PTCL – Fastest Growing Brand in Pakistan
  36. Keep Pakistan’s Wagon Hitched To The China Star
  37. Anique’s Chocolate Cake
  38. Selfless & Fearless – Lahore Qalandars
  39. NEWS PICKS
  40. Intellectual Property and Tourism
  41. Fitness with the Mughal
  42. REBEL WITH A CAUSE
  43. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-1)
  44. Mummy’s Recipes Roast Chicken & Veg
  45. ENGAGING HEADS HEARTS AND HANDS
  46. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-2)
  47. Q & A with Star of Parchi
  48. Addressing Sexual Abuse
  49. Q & A with EMAN ZAEEM & MEHR SAAD
  50. Pakistan’s Lost Children
  51. ENGLAND AND THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
  52. STICK WITH FRIENDS AND DITCH THE ENEMIES
  53. The Phenomenon that Stephen Hawking was!
  54. In Conversation with ANUSHAY ZEESHAN
  55. Q & A with owner of District 6 – Anum Rafat
  56. Ali Rehman Khan – Naturally A Star
  57. MUNIBA`S Call for Tolerance & Justice
  58. Q&A Muniba Mazari
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  60. Money for nothing, bits for free
  61. FinTech
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  63. Crisis of Civilization
  64. Child Sexual Abuse
  65. Education is the only Solution
  66. Fit for Purpose
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  71. AUSTENISTAN DEBUTS WITH ELEGANCE AND ENTHUSIASM
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  75. Blue Chip Q/A with Atiqa Odho
  76. Five major political events of 2017
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  78. THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IN 2017
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Sun, Nov 18, 2018
  1. Now Walk the Talk, Imran
  2. Violence against Minorities
  3. Unsheltered
  4. Lumbering Giant with a Midget’s Mentality
  5. How to Encourage Terrorism
  6. Faisalabad in 2028
  7. Mental Illness & the Progress of a Nation
  8. Child Sexual Abuse
  9. Living amongst the clouds : Aalia Bux
  10. Mental health – What soldiers can teach us
  11. Many Cookies still to Crumble
  12. Steering Through Turbulence
  13. ExxonMobil – Close to hitting huge oil reserves in Pakistan, bigger than Kuwait’s
  14. NAYA PAKISTAN?
  15. Making ADR work for Women
  16. Women’s Rights under Family Law
  17. Shutting the Door on Refugees
  18. Water Challenges and Opportunities
  19. In Conversation with Dr. Ghulam Rasul on Hydrology
  20. In Conversation with Shafqat kakakhel: Internal Water Management Practices
  21. Come on Skipper !
  22. GUMM
  23. Annus Horibilis
  24. The Inhumanity of Pakistan’s Coal Industry
  25. Iran Nuclear Deal The U.S Withdrawal
  26. Method in the Madness
  27. Legal System Reforms
  28. Power Over Impulse
  29. Refugees and Migrants are People too
  30. PTCL – A Nonstop Journey Towards Excellence
  31. Gulgee – The Last of The Greats
  32. Patrik Hoffmann – Sonraj
  33. Pakistan’s Primordial Hindu Heritage
  34. Pakistan’s Migrant Tragedy
  35. PTCL – Fastest Growing Brand in Pakistan
  36. Keep Pakistan’s Wagon Hitched To The China Star
  37. Anique’s Chocolate Cake
  38. Selfless & Fearless – Lahore Qalandars
  39. NEWS PICKS
  40. Intellectual Property and Tourism
  41. Fitness with the Mughal
  42. REBEL WITH A CAUSE
  43. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-1)
  44. Mummy’s Recipes Roast Chicken & Veg
  45. ENGAGING HEADS HEARTS AND HANDS
  46. The Big Fat Lie – Cholesterol (Part-2)
  47. Q & A with Star of Parchi
  48. Addressing Sexual Abuse
  49. Q & A with EMAN ZAEEM & MEHR SAAD
  50. Pakistan’s Lost Children
  51. ENGLAND AND THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION
  52. STICK WITH FRIENDS AND DITCH THE ENEMIES
  53. The Phenomenon that Stephen Hawking was!
  54. In Conversation with ANUSHAY ZEESHAN
  55. Q & A with owner of District 6 – Anum Rafat
  56. Ali Rehman Khan – Naturally A Star
  57. MUNIBA`S Call for Tolerance & Justice
  58. Q&A Muniba Mazari
  59. Health Quotient (Dental health)
  60. Money for nothing, bits for free
  61. FinTech
  62. TRADING THREATS OF WAR
  63. Crisis of Civilization
  64. Child Sexual Abuse
  65. Education is the only Solution
  66. Fit for Purpose
  67. BLUE CHIP TALKS TO THE CREATOR OF TEETOO AND TANIA
  68. Mini meringue recipe
  69. NEW ANIMATED TV SERIES PAKISTANI
  70. Changing the Perception of Public Transport Motorway Express
  71. AUSTENISTAN DEBUTS WITH ELEGANCE AND ENTHUSIASM
  72. PAKISTAN’S WOMEN OF 2017
  73. THE BEAUTY IN BUSINESS
  74. PERCEPTIONS ARE ALSO REALITY
  75. Blue Chip Q/A with Atiqa Odho
  76. Five major political events of 2017
  77. WHAT DOES TRUMP’S TWEET MEAN FOR CPEC AND THE REGION
  78. THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IN 2017
  79. AFGHANISTAN GOING DOWNHILL
  80. 2017 FOR PSX – THE CLIMB AND THE DECLINE
  81. What we can learn from Ghalib
  82. QUINOA SALAD WITH THAI DRESSING

BAIL DOESN’T MEAN OFF THE HOOK

| And there are many cookies still to crumble |

 

In just a month or so, Imran Khan would have realized that batting on a sticky wicket is one thing but batting in a minefield is quite another. A batsman has to know where opposition’s fielders are stationed, but in office he also has to know where mines a planted. If anyone can do it, Imran can. So far he has negotiated the mines well because the Fates are smiling on him and also because most of the mines have turned out to be duds planted by mentally challenged opponents. He should know that it is more dangerous to have imbecile opponents than intelligent ones.

But while negotiating the minefield Imran has gone many steps in creating a new field not of mines but of orchids and made impressive runs in diplomacy and changing our mindset from profligate to austere. Scientists say that orchids were the first flowers to blossom on earth and are very beautiful so we should keep hope alive.

Some of the mines have been planted by Imran’s many political opponents — obviously — some by the stupidity of his own colleagues, and some that he has unwittingly planted himself with seemingly unconsidered decisions. It makes him seem impetuous. On top of that mines are planted by constant global change over which Imran has little control. But he must try to understand constant global change, which is a tall order, if he is to deal with it.

Little point in discussing the mines that were damp squibs anyway, but some deserve a passing nod. The idiotic helicopter controversy raised by a desperate opposition made worse by the poor math of Imran’s otherwise adequate information minister has fizzled out and so is the even more idiotic fracas between his wife’s ex-husband and a policeman who was intemperately transferred in the darkness of the night by an amateur Punjab chief minister. Problem is, except for a few, Imran’s team does not raise too much excitement, thus there is the feeling abroad that it will change in a few months. Let’s see.

The passing of Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom, may God rest her soul in peace, was possibly a big mine on which Imran could have stepped, but he handled it adroitly and with great humanity by not placing hurdles in the way of a parole and helping the mourners. Full marks!

The latest mine to go off was the bail given to Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam and her husband Safdar by the Islamabad High Court. An avalanche of bombast was unleashed by Nawaz supporters accompanied by an eruption of uninformed rumour and gossip — was there a ‘deal’, was a larger ‘deal’ in the offing that would see the threesome in London, would we get back the money stolen by Nawaz, were the Saudis involved again, blah, blah and more blah? Drawing room chatter picked up speed and we got such amazing theories that would defeat the best of novelists.

The truth was clearly stated in this newspaper’s sub-heading: “Ousted PM Nawaz Sharif, Maryam and Safdar released on bail after IHC orders suspension of sentences till final judgement on their appeals in Avenfield properties case.” The key words here are “bail” and “suspension”. The verdict that imprisoned them has not been overturned. They have not been found innocent. All that the court has done is not let them languish in jail till the verdicts. So calm done. Many other cases await, like Murder in Model Town. The cookie has not stopped crumbling, my friends.

Imran Khan should now see that our justice system is like a spider’s web that catches all the small insects but which big beasts tear through. They say that the NAB judgement was in parts wooly and what helped the Sharifs was that NAB did not put up a robust defence. But why? Begs the question. Now you see Mr. Prime Minister how far and deep our old boys network runs? You know that the root of our problem is our odious system. You know that this system must change to achieve any long-lasting positive effects. You have a fearsome job ahead in changing such mindsets so get started soon.

The orchid field that Imran is creating to neutralize the minefield is both domestic and international. At home he has started changing the official and national mindsets away from profligacy to austerity. Changes like bypassing expensive-to-run state houses and making them into meaningful institutions, auctioning unnecessary cars and buffaloes may seem small to the small minded, but added up they will make a huge difference not only in the total amount of money we save but also in wasteful attitudes. See how many schools can be made with the money saved. See how people are becoming conscious about wasting water, myself included. Appeal to the people to donate money to make dams are very good; we know that the money collected cannot pay for the dams but people who do donate get a stake in national survival. That’s a great mindset change, so keep going and don’t pay heed to the comedians amongst us. Jesters have their place in society but are taken seriously at your own peril.

All that the court has done is not let them languish in jail till the verdicts. So calm done. Many other cases await, like Murder in Model Town. The cookie has not stopped crumbling, my friends.

Abroad Imran’s forays hold the seeds of causing shifts in the geo-strategic paradigm. His understanding with Saudi Arabia to make an integrated oil city in Gwadar ($7bn), a petrochemical complex at Gwadar ($12bn), aluminum mining and processing facility in Baluchistan ($4.5bn), Karak refining and petrochemical complex ($5bn).

What of the USA and India and their plans to do down Pakistan? We’ll see. But India has already shown its true colors by first agreeing to a meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries at the UNGA and then reneging on it the next day. Even the U.S. State Department welcomed it. The backtracking probably comes from an inferiority complex that we used to have with the British. Get over the old Muslim hegemon and move on, good neighbour Sam. Stop your Muslim hating nonsense; it doesn’t behoove you. It’s no longer about religion. It’s about economic and strategic advantage. Now all can see who the peacemaker is and who the warmonger.

Then there was the visit of the British Home Secretary when we came to an understanding on nabbing our criminals who have absconded to the UK; the British government has already taken in one person. Things are evolving.

We would do well to discuss all this next time by when things would have become clearer.

By: Humayun Gauhar

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