Writings

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...

Good Show, General!

Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | On November 28, the Pakistani dictator finally decided to shut the doors to the most colourful wardrobe in the land. In an auspicious celebration, General Pervez Musharraf became civilianised, so to speak Since 9/11, my biggest...

Media Under Siege

Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | It is Karachi. We are all standing, pushing and shoving, outside the offices of Jang, Pakistan's largest paper. This private compound, off the famous II Chundrigarh Road, was packed to the last inch. We are...
Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | The ongoing ‘mysterious ban’ on the private TV channels may be over within the next few days but General Musharaf’s twin assault on judiciary and the media has interesting implications for not only these two...
Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | These are great times. Pakistani state, civil society and the judiciary are in a state of flux. Some observers are convinced that a new nation is being born, out of the throes of the old....

The Continuing Challenge?

Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | IN 1986, Mikhael Gorbachev declared Afghanistan a “bleeding wound”. More than two decades later it is still festering. Among those who suffer is United States. But let there be no doubt that there are only...

A New US Vision?

Moeed Pirzada | Khaleej Times | The US Congressional bill designed to implement the '9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007' contains the seeds of new thinking on Pakistan. As widely known, this voluminous piece of legislation makes the continuation of assistance...
Moeed Pirzada | Daily Times | The delegates condemned the current world economic order, unregulated privatisation, the doctrine of preventive war, the aggression against Palestinian people and the unjust war in Lebanon and supported every nation's right to peaceful use of nuclear...
Policy Paper - Kashmir: Indian Strategic Initiative Since 9/11 and Imperative By Dr. Moeed Pirzada IPRI :: Islamabad Policy Research Institute The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York laid the foundation for emerging new world order, to which both...
Policy Paper - WTO: The Challenge Ahead by Dr Moeed Pirzada IPRI ::Islamabad Policy Research Institute This paper intends to examine the achievements, failures and future challenges faced by World Trade Organisation (WTO). It discusses the circumstances that gave birth to the...