Authors Posts by Ikram Sehgal

Ikram Sehgal

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150 hrs to a new dawn?

Though the usual feudal modus operandi for obtaining votes, particularly in the rural areas, is through outright coercion and/or intimidation, it also depends upon...

The CPEC story

With the Pacific Ocean dominated by the US and Japan while the Indian Ocean by the US (conceivably along with its new ally India),...

Writing on the Wall

Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a...

Undoing a gangster heaven 

Consensus on matters ensuring security and welfare of the common mans rarely achieved by our Parliament. Such unanimity is only displayed when their own...

NAB becoming effective again

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) came into existence on 16 November 1999. Simultaneously Special Investigation Wings (SIWs)were raised from the ISI to assist National...

The caretaker regime

Headed by former Chief Justice NasirulMulk, the Caretaker Regimetaking office today includes in its mission statement (1) running the affairs of the govt according to...

Dangerous liaisons

The Soviet invasion in 1979 precipitated a large influx of Afghans into Pakistan, mainly from the Kabul elite, the affluent bought up residential homes...

Never give in

The last few months have been quite difficult for the Dubai-based Abraaj Group. At the beginning of the yearan initial trickle of newsfiltered through...

The game-changers

With US President Trump scrapping the Iran nuclear deal and re-imposing sanctions, the possibility of conflict in the region has increased dramatically. From being...

Our “On-Off” relationship

It is easy now to criticize Pakistan's leaders of the 50s for becoming a member of the Baghdad Pact in 1954, could our armed...

Pakistan ‘Fatigue’

The periodic ups and downs in US-Pakistan relationship, alternating approximately in 10 years cycles since 1971, has had us going from being the “cornerstone”...

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on...

Holding Karachi’s citizens Hostage

With supply of gas from Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGC) to the metropolis’ power utility, K-Electric (KE) far below that is required to...

Lest we forget

The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of...

“Judicial” martial law

Our Republic Day being an appropriate occasion to reflect on the meaning of the day, most thought provoking comments were made by the Chief...

No more PSLs abroad

Rameez Raja recently made some suggestions how to attract good quality players for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and to resolve the problem of...

The Calibri Font

This adverse media focus propagating perceptions quite contrary to reality about the “Calibri Font” is meant to discredit the allegations of alleged forging pertaining...

Mutiny by the blue-eyed

Arrested on Feb 22by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for corruption in the Ashiana Housing scandal under Section 2 of the Schedule of NAO,...

The elections’ mosaic

With general elections due somewhere after mid-2018, the expectations of the people and the stakes thereof has evolved dramatically with the political scenario changing...

Courage beyond compare

On Feb 13 at about 1210 hours an armoured cash-in-transit (CIT) vehicle of a private security services company was parked outside the Tarnol branch...

Pakistan Breakfast at Davos 2018

PM Abbasi’s performance was above par, he was on the dot when he said, "There are two Pakistan’s, one is on the CNN and...