|As you can see for yourself, 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 I 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 (immunology).
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’ because these words constitute the title of my column.
|Authoring a weekly column is a novel fascinating experience of about 14 years. 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
appeared in Pakistan Observer every Wednesday and Saturday. I also wrote a weekly
column for The Statesman and The Frontier Post for some months. In January 2011, I
started contributing a weekly column to The News. From March 2017 to November
2017, I contributed a weekly column to the Pakistan Today. From November 2011 to
February 2017, and then from September 2017 to April 2018, I contributed a weekly
column to the Daily Times. After April 2018, newspapers refused to take up my articles
under the pretext of self-imposed censorship.
From June 2018 to December 2019, I contributed an opinion piece to a magazine,
Weekly Cutting Edge. Currently, I am writing for an Australia-based research
magazine, Future Directions International.