Writings

Suicide Bombers and US

Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and Mr Zardari, Ms Bhutto’s widower, were able to reconcile their differences for a historic accord that promises the restoration of judiciary sacked by President Musharraf. And it appears that...
Moeed Pirzada | Daily times | Immanuel Kant in his 1795 essay, "Perpetual Peace" had argued that it is not the state of peace but the state of war that is the natural state among men living side by side and for...

Age of Interdependence

Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | In days of such “narrow focus” the wider world gets blurred. No wonder few have paid attention to the kaleidoscope around us: the Russian elections, the visit of the Ahmadinejad to Baghdad, the tightening of...

Post Election Fault Lines

Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | These overtures were a must to ensure the continuity of US strategic interests in a period of transition. However, it ended up creating the impression as if the fault lines between Pakistan’s new political dispensation...

Mother of All Elections?

Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | People forget about creators while their creations live on and multiply. In the six years since then the expression has changed its meaning, more than once. Today it reminds you of a Pakistan where young...
Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | The rot may have been brewing for a while. The natural thought, “what will I get?” must have dominated many minds from the moment they descended upon Naudero and Gari Khuda Baksh to bury the...
Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | You know I am saddened by this increasing lack of poise and confidence in my Pakistani students,” my friend Bob was telling us. Bob — not his real name — is a US expert on...

Long Live Musharraf

Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | RECENTLY, in Karachi, a poor man living on the coast, went fishing and caught a big fish. Happy with his catch, he gave the fish to his wife to cook. But the disgruntled wife shouted:...

Conspiracy Brigades

Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | General (retd) Musharraf’s recent interview with Singapore’s The Straits Times was widely misquoted, misrepresented and blown out of proportion. His words referring to the US — “...I challenge anybody to come into our mountains. They would regret...

Illusions of Reality

Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | We don’t know if Pervez Musharraf was ever an avid reader of Flaubert’s Madame Bovary or played some roles in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, but let’s admit that his ability to use ‘illusions’ to create ‘reality’ is...

A Blow to the US

Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | BENAZIR Bhutto was a gifted progeny of a remarkable mind. Confronted by a three-decade long adversity and tragedy, she displayed an uncanny ability to redefine and remerge. There is no doubt that she stood head...

Re-interpreting The Message

Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | On the second day of Eid Al Adha, in Pakistan, GEO TV marked its partial comeback on the country’s cables by showing Mustapha Akkad’s timeless masterpiece: The Message. With cables now reaching almost 10 million...

Not a Banana Republic!

Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | I write these lines in a state of euphoria. A prominent Pakistani columnist is often accused by his jealous critics that he writes his columns after getting a little tipsy. But in my case all...
Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | NAWAZ Sharif has finally decided to contest the polls. APDM has thrown PML(N) out — as if it really mattered at this point. While the protests in LUMS and vigils in Lahore might continue things...

The Conspiracy Theory

Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | In Pakistani collective consciousness, not a leaf dares tremble without the permission of either the Army or America. Together they share Allah’s sovereignty from the edges of the Arabian Sea to the mountain passes across...