Zahid Gishkori

Zahid Gishkori

A reporter for the national desk of The Express Tribune in Islamabad who tweets @ZahidGishkori

India and Pakistan: Sharing one soul

Recently, I was in India to attend a course on environmental journalism hosted by a renowned New Delhi-based NGO. One day, I was at one of Delhi’s social clubs and ran into a retired Indian general, Maj-Gen Ashok K Mehta, to be precise. We ended up having quite an interesting conversation. He said that he was in the Indian Army during the 1971 Pakistan-India war and that he had been in contact with several Pakistani prisoners of war. One of them, he said, was a senior officer, who on the day the Pakistani forces surrendered to the Indians, wrote in ...

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What is Shah Mahmood Qureshi doing?

Like many observing the political musical chairs before the elections, I too was curious about Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s cryptic political decision. Why did he leave us guessing by not disclosing his future plans the day he announced that he was leaving the Pakistan Peoples Party? Perhaps, he wants to remain inthe limelight by encouraging speculations till November 27 at the Ghotki rally. He might, on the other hand, be attempting a win-win situation as both Nawaz Sharif and Imran Khan are preparing to welcome him in their parties. God knows better. After a 20 minute conversation ...

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A mere debating club?

It’s 11.30am. I’m still anxiously waiting for Senate’s proceedings to kick off. An hour has gone by since the Senate chairman had announced that the session would begin at 10.30 am. The unending wait has jaded me, along with many other reporters present with me to cover the proceedings of the upper chamber of parliament. In this, I recall the words of a senator, who had said that the Senate was nothing more than a debating club. And given what I was presently doing, I tended to agree with him, though at that point in time, the debate had not ...

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Media and the national interest

When talking about the role of Pakistan’s media in the aftermath of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden’s killing in Abbottabad in a unilateral action, I recall English poet John Milton’s words: “When complaints are freely heard, deeply considered, and speedily reformed, then is the utmost bound of civil liberty attained, that wise men look for.” The role of our national media became very significant, not just after OBL’s death, but immediately after the 9/11 attacks, which changed public opinion not only in Pakistan, but also across the globe. In terms of the war on terror, the media has strengthened democratic ...

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Uprooting the canker of corruption

According to media reports, in the last four years our politicians, bureaucrats and some top military officials have usurped an amount of Rs600 billion, which is four times the size of this fiscal year’s total development budget. The media incessantly reports instances of corruption in various institutions, publishing hundreds of stories involving government officials. This has remained a dominant trend of our print and electronic media during the last four years. In response, the government has been claiming that it will do its utmost to rid the nation of the canker of corruption. The Supreme Court also took a firm stance against ...

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