Arsalan Ali Faheem

Arsalan Ali Faheem

Arsalan works on inclusive economic growth programmes with bilateral and multilateral cooperation agencies.

Jinnah’s Flagstaff House, neglected but not forgotten

This summer, when a meeting in Karachi was cancelled, I finally found an opportunity to visit the Flagstaff House. I had known it was a museum since college days but had been unable to visit it. I felt it was time to make up for the omission. Flagstaff House is an impressive stone building located in the Saddar area in Karachi, and was one of the residential properties of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. He had purchased it from a Parsi businessman before partition. As we pulled into the driveway, I was surprised that one could drive right in. There was only a single semi-interested security guard. Upon walking up to the ...

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Istanbul: A glimpse into what can be accomplished

On a recent assignment, I had a few hours layover in Istanbul, en route to Pakistan. The human landscape at Ataturk Airport was thought-provoking. Over the past decade, Istanbul has been making rapid progress towards affirming its position as a modern-day international crossroads. A great place to witness this is at the city’s main airport, where you can spot people from all parts of the world and many different backgrounds. One pleasing aspect of this is that this melting pot is to be found in a country with a majority Muslim population. At the airport, Hajis in traditional white robes ...

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