By  Mowahid Hussain Shah

August 18, 2017

70 Not Out

Pakistan at 70 has a lot to be thankful for. It is not saddled by Modi, who has been implicated in mass murder, or by Trump, who is mired in mendacity.
Despite body blows, particularly in 1971, what was not expected to endure, endures. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad had warned about the durability of the union between East and West Pakistan. Horrid handling, plus deliberate mischief, precipitated the divide.
More of the problems within are caused by educated elites than by so-called “illiterate masses”. More specifically, are the Western-educated millennials up to the task?
Some in the chattering classes – with little comprehension of the magnitude of what Mohammed Ali Jinnah accomplished and bequeathed – are not above questioning the very wisdom behind Pakistan’s creation. Sheer ingratitude given what occurs across the border.
Nayantara Sahgal, 90, niece of Jawaharlal Nehru, wrote in the Guardian on August 5:
The menace of partition is again upon Indians, this time through the intention to impose Hindu nationhood … To foist a Hindu identity … is senseless beyond belief. The mentality that murdered Gandhi now relentlessly pursues this agenda… Lynch mobs kill Muslims, reminiscent of the lynching of blacks in America’s deep south. On this anniversary of the partition of India, another partition stares us in the face.
A cursory glance at global hotspots affecting the Palestinians, Kurds, Bosnians, Chechens, Kosovars, and not least, the beleaguered Kashmiris, finds a single common dominating pattern. It is an absence of leadership with foresight that can and could have predicted, preempted, anticipated, and forestalled the perils that lay around the corner.
150 years ago, America was fortunate to have Abraham Lincoln during its Civil War, just as the Mussulmans of India were in having the Quaid.
Underlying its core, Pakistan faces twin threats: (1) a socio-political class which is easily swayed and suborned by the lure of easy and big money (that explains why change occurs without change, with the same stale-male faces popping up with the same approach); and (2) a mindset which is defeatist, easily overwhelmed, succumbing thereby to daunting challenges instead of showing the toughness and grit to march on.
So, education with all its much-hyped virtues and benefits has not really made a dent on issues surrounding unethical conduct and a brittle mindset. In life, it is not necessarily the talented and the brightest who get the job done, but those who persevere and learn from their mistakes.
The pampered classes who have not struggled to achieve have little idea of what they possess. One way to take effective steps to realize the promise of Pakistan is to develop and forge a socio-political culture and mental attitude that does not automatically reward big money and bow before it.
The saints of the Subcontinent – essentially rebel mystics – had identified this weakness and, hence, vigorously contested it.
The problems of Pakistan are man-made and made in Pakistan. And, for that, there are man-made solutions made, too, in Pakistan. Mohammed Ali Jinnah delivered against all odds and without outside help. It’s up to the youth now to keep Pakistan unbeaten and on track.







Election 2004: Decisive but Divisive

Muslim Youth & Kashmir in America

The Big Picture: Wealth without Vision

Oxygen to Global Unrest

Punishing the Punctual

Change without Change

Don’t Be Weak

Passionate Attachment

The Confidence of Youth

The Other Side of Democracy

Campaign of Defamation

Pakistani Women & the Legal Profession

A Pakistani Journey

Farewell to Fazal

Mukhtaran and Beyond

Revamping the OIC

7/7 & After

Nuclear Double-Standard

Return to Racism

Hollywood – The Unofficial Media

The Sole Superpower

The UN at 60

A Slow Motion World War?

Elite vs. Street

Iqbal Today

Macedonia to Multan

Defending our Own

2006 & Maulana Zafar Ali Khan

Error against Terror

The Limits of Power

Cultural Weaknesses

Aggressive at Home, Submissive Abroad

Global Storm

The Farce of Free Expression

The Changing Mood

Condi & India


Looking inward


A Tale of Two Presidents

Close to Home

Flashpoint Kashmir

The Spreading Rage

Confronting Adversity

The Illusion of International Law

Other Side of Extremism

Five Years after 9/11

The Educated Ignorant

The Decline of Humor


Six Years of Insanity

The War Not Being Fought

Munir Niazi

Compliance & Defiance



The Goddess of Wealth

The Meaning of Moderation

The Tora Bora of Fear

Clash of Civility

The Early Race

Challenge & Response

Will & Skill


Movie-Media and Pakistan

Hug with a Thug

Quest for Integrity



Bringing Back the Past

Stuck in Iraq

Islam, Science and the West

Turmoil over Turkey

Leaders versus Leadership

Might Does Not Make Right

Kursi First

Vision & Will

Battle of the Billionaires

Assassination Alley

Extremism and Change

Rosy Expectations

Short-Term Gain, Long-Term Pain

Not Winning

Beyond Baghdad: Five Years after

The Hijab of Democracy

Hate, Fear & Hope

Weapon of Words

Hide N’ Seek

Yanking in the UN

Obama’s Breakthrough

Let Lahore Be Lahore

National Mood & Sports

Flirting with Fire

Trips Abroad

Georgia on the Mind

Duel for the White House

Zia to Zardari

Palestine: Avoiding the Unavoidable 

Not Working 

In the Ring 

Obama’s America

Smiles & Dreams

Quiet Deeds of Good

Crime and Indifference

Journey of Understanding


Terror via Counter-Terrorism

Umpires or Vampires?

The Long Road

Yesterday’s Reminder

Appeasement and the Real Threat

Israel’s Washington Agenda

New Challenges

Cairo and Beyond

Re-fighting Old Battles

America ’s Super Villains

Activism in America

Style without Substance

Overcoming Barriers

Ashes to Afghanistan

The Looming Change

Fear and Possibilities

What Is Not Debated 

Hired Guns

Rampage at Fort Hood

Manmohan in Washington

The Long Duel

Green Nukes

Vision and Division

Avoiding Why

Striving to Matter


Anxiety and Opportunity

Putting Iraq in America

The Right Strategy

Looking Beyond

Rot at the Top

Strategic Folly

Daring & Caring

Over-Stepping on Turkey

Sudan : Perils of Provincialism

Old Fears, New Target

Europe ’s Stain

The US-Pakistan Enigma

The Status Quo Is Unacceptable

9 Years after 9/11

License to Steal

US Muslims at the Crossroads

Tumor of Terror

An Arab Voice

Disastrous Decisions

Double Game

Sticky Wiki

What Quaid Was Not

Money Conspiracy

Pharaohs & Pirates

Greed and Cricket

Change & Challenge  

Forty Years after 1971

Abandoning Our Own

Rewarding Failure

Osama and Obama

Tsunami of Tolerance

Representation and Presentation

Meek and Weak

Change or the Same?

No Easy Exit

Nation to Non-Nation

10 Years after 9/11

Shining India?

Big Power, Small Politics

Rule of the Gun

Proxy of the Powerful

Fight for Fairness

Republican Race

Actors or Directors

Speaking out

Professional Sycophants

More Provinces?

Too Much Information

Soft Separation

Soft Poison

Unemployment & Over-Population

Seize the Day

The Arab Awakening

Ben Bella

At University of Gujrat

Good People Behaving Badly

Playing Over-Smart

Do Less

Resisting the Resistible

Performance, Not PR

Home-grown Havoc

Salutation to the 65 th Year

Plague of Provincialism

USA Elections 2012


Fight or Flight

Rift and Drift

Obama II

Me and We

Small Role or Small Actors?

On Losing

Who Will Guard the Guards?

Loyal to Their Loot

Prevail or Fail

Perceptions and Reality

Toll of Occupation

Re-think, Re-examine, and Self-correct 

The Washington Tribe

Voice and Vision

Moral Slump

Wall of Illusion

Under One Banner

Bitter Harvest

Gallows and the Throne

Scent of Power

At a Standstill

Leaders and Leadership

The Deadline

Fighting Darkness

Distant Connections

Governance: The Long View

Discussion in DC

Darkness in the Mind

Killing Kennedy and Liaquat Ali

Yahya Khan Speaks on 1971

Quaid & Xmas in Washington

150 Years of FC College

Tyranny of Money

50 Years of Ali

A Dose of Truth

Little Guy, Big Impact

A Reassessment in Washington

Crimea & Kashmir

Democracy or Oligarchy?

Afghan Elites: Blaming Pakistan

Pitfalls of Intervention

Arabs in America

Never Give up

German Journey

Tyranny of Today

Manipulating Language

March & Match


Out of Darkness

Modi in America

Awareness or Fairness?

Mideast Maze

Easy Scapegoats

Freedom to Insult

Journey of Recovery

Mental Colonialism

Letters from a Grandfather

Power Imbalance

Discord and Division

Colloquium at Capitol Hill

Washington Lauds Gharib Nawaz

Balkan Lessons

Pivot from the Mideast

American Campus & Mideast Turmoil

Muslim Father; Two Americans

Challenging Fear

Victim Mentality

X & Ali

Fake Democracy?

Irresponsible Passivity

Erosion of Ethics

Dragon of Hate

Extreme in the Mainstream

Ugly Times

Pakistani Summer in England

Speaking Haq

At the Oval

Britain Beware

East in West

Trump Turmoil

Tiny Nation, Towering Figure

Realities: 2016

End of an Innings


Embarrassment to America

Dishonest Media

Purana Pakistan

Media Unleashed

Mental Walls

Quarantining Qatar

Vizier or Fakir



Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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