Ali Mahmood

The writer is a businessman and the author of three books — Muslims: The Real History, Saints and Sinners and the forthcoming, Enter the Dragon

Back to Reality

Over the last few months, Pakistan has lived through a drama worthy of an Oscar with larger-than-life heroes and villains, epic battles between good...

An Anti-West Khan

Even after losing the government, Imran Khan’s impact will not disappear. He has managed to convince his fans that he is the only honest politician; surrounded by the corrupt who fear his justice

The Fight Goes On

For passionate followers, Imran has not come to save us from petty issues such as the rising prices of potatoes and tomatoes, he has come to ‘free us from slavery’

The Great Economic Squeeze

The Ukraine War is sending prices of oil, coal, gas and basic food up with the speed of a rocket. This means trouble for Pakistan

Learning From Vietnam

Does Pakistan have a formula for development like Vietnam or is it merely fumbling along?


A General Dilemma

The military leadership once again stands as the deciding force. Whatever steps the military leadership takes or does not take from now, will have a direct bearing on the future of Pakistan — good or bad. The ball is in their court

July 2022

Open Magazine

Farewell My Friend

Mentor, friend, family and man of many parts, Khalid Hameed Farooqi’s demise leaves the world a sadder place

To talk or continue fighting with TTP?

Peace is always a preferred option, but it only works if enforced from a position of strength, with ample verifiable guarantees and monitoring mechanisms to ensure prevention of intrigues and resurgence of any evil