The debate about the status of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) in a post-18th Amendment scenario is being presented in interesting ways. One version of the debate is that this fight pits those who favour a centralised Pakistani state, against a band of do-good federalist champions – whose only interest is the strengthening of provinces and their autonomy. This is the version that a lot of well-intentioned people believe to be true. Unfortunately, the graveyards of the world are full of good intentions.
Perceptions will change… once they see how their lives have changed” — Shah Mehmood Qureshi Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Mosharraf Zaidi Poor Americans. This is the fellow that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has to stand beside as she tries to squeeze more juice out of a Kerry-Lugar Bill that had its lifeblood squeezed out [...]
Saturday, July 17, 2010 Mosharraf Zaidi When the nation was aflame with moral outrage last year in November, it was because our collective anger about corruption in Pakistan had seemingly boiled over. The NRO was leading the headlines, and the PPP’s lashkar-e-haq, led by the venerable religious and legal scholar, Dr Babar Awan, was producing [...]
Wednesday, June 02, 2010 Mosharraf Zaidi One of my closest friends has never once, in more than fifteen years, ever responded to my salaam with a salaam. I have never held it against him. If he did, and a budding Mullah Chinioti heard him say it, he could be imprisoned for three years. I don’t [...]