|As you can yourself see, the role of a writer is supposed to be bigger than the writer’s
size – and perhaps larger than life. That is why, writing is considered a challenge: to
pick a pen up and then jot something down.
I am a free lance writer and have been contributing weekly columns to various English
dailies of Pakistan since 2004. I consider writing on the current affairs of Pakistan a
healthy diversion from my field of medicine, though writing is a part of the research
which I undertake in the field of autoimmunity.
To write on the political issues of Pakistan is a fascinating practice and of course a
demanding one. The readers of my columns are in a better position to decide if I am up
to the task (say, yes). So, the comments of and the feedback from the readers are a
treasure for me. Nevertheless, I hope that no one will be intrigued by the words ‘a few
words’ as these words constitute the name of my column.
Can one be obsessed by writing is the question the answer to which I am looking for at
the moment. For me, writing is a method of catharsis, or perhaps self-expression. I don't
claim to be an analytical writer but a critic one at least. My prism of criticism avoids
pessimism deliberately – call it instinctively – and focuses on optimism. The latter one
springs from the belief that the world is meant for ‘get going’ and not for ‘hold on’ – the
concept dearer to me, undoubtedly an inspirational one. That is the idea around which
my articles revolve – and evolve, of course.
Some readers find a conservative Pakistani in me who is surgically incising system,
institutions, politicians and what not – include issues as well. Perhaps, they don't know
how much deeply inspired I am by the founding father of Pakistan, Quaid-i-Azam
Mohammad Ali Jinnah. He founded Pakistan for the betterment of the common and
downtrodden Muslims of the Subcontinent. The people were even unable to
comprehend the Quaid's words which he used to speak in the English language to
deliver his message while addressing to them. I am appreciative of that bond of trust
and bent on keeping that spirit alive. Had there been no Jinnah, there would have been
no Pakistan. My idea is, people's hope for something better in this country should be
|Authoring a column is a novel experience. The journey of contributing columns to
various English dailies of Pakistan commenced in 2004 at The Nation. Then, I
contributed to The Post for a few months. My columns also used to appear in Pakistan
Observer every Wednesday and Saturday. I also wrote a weekly column for The
Statesman. In January 2011, I started contributing a weekly column to The News.
Since November 2011, I have been contributing a weekly column to the Daily Times. My
column appears every Wednesday.
Some of my readers try to gauge the extent of the freedom of press in Pakistan on the
touchstone whether or not my columns are published/printed. Some consider that the
newspapers that take up my columns run a great risk of being closed down. Some still
guess that these newspapers are comparatively independent of the government's
economic support (that comes through the quota of advertisements) and can brave
A few words
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