Farid A. Malik

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Dr. Farid Malik is a prominent technical and management expert in mining, materials, engineering and high-tech industry; he is a regular columnist for The Nation and Pakistan Today. He is ex-Chairman, Pakistan Science Foundation.

Revival of steel mills

Farid A Malik | We, the engineers of the seventies were inspired by the first Steel Mills of Pakistan, inaugurated by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (ZAB)...

Why devolution has not taken place?

Farid A Malik | Each province shall, by law, establish a local government system and devolve political, administrative, and financial responsibility and authority to the...

Time to pluck Pakistan’s political weeds

Dr. Farid A Malik | In order to save democracy ‘political weeds’ have to be culled. While agriculture produces crops to sustain life, ‘political culture’...

Playing on bouncy pitches

Farid A Malik | Playing on bouncy pitches is not easy, this is why the Pakistan Cricket Team is having problems playing on New Zealand’s...

Dishonourable discharge

Dr. Farid A Malik | Decency demands an honourable exit. Dishonourable discharge is deplorable. In disciplined institutions, such termination is considered terminal with no return....

China: Getting rich whilst looking after the poor

Farid A Malik | After the demise of the British Empire, it seems the sun is about to set on the capitalist Kingdom of United States of...

Electables: Biggest impediment to change in Pakistan

Farid A Malik| Electables have proven to be the biggest impediment to change. They negate the basic concept of ballot driven democracy. Influence has always...

Why Election Commission of Pakistan has repeatedly failed?

 Farid A Malik| Since 1977 the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has failed ten times in holding free and fair elections. The Scorecard is a...

Dear Mr. Nawaz Sharif: Masses are on the side of law

Dr. Farid A Malik | The law is equal whether you are a ruler or a subject! Law deal everyone equally whether you are a ruler or...

Down & dirty: Battle between PML-N & PTI for 2018 elections

Farid A Malik | The battle lines are clearly defined. It is Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) versus Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) all the way....

Parliament needs to be cleansed of the Abu Jahal’s of our...

Dr. Farid A Malik | Kaptaan is right all the big “chors” (thieves) are in the assemblies, not in prisons. According to him during his eight...

Political cleansing should not stop here

Dr. Farid Malik | From honesty and competence, Pakistan has reached highest levels of corruption and incompetence. When the journey started on August 14, 1947, everyone...

Mian’s revolution

Dr. Farid Malik | After three decades of retrogressive, status-quo politics, Mian Muhammed Nawaz Sharif, the deposed Prime Minister (PM) has decided to launch a...

Can Sharifs be held accountable in Pakistan?

Dr. Farid A. Malik | Despite being in politics/power for over three decades, the Sharifs have been able to dodge accountability. On the other hand,...

Sixty years of Pak-China friendship

Dr. Farid A. Malik | ‘Tie Ge Men’ (Real Iron Brothers); that is how the Pak-China friendship is described. Pakistan was the first non-communist country...

Pakistan China relation: friendship turned into business?

Dr. Farid A. Malik | ‘Tie Ge Men’ (Real Iron Brothers); that is how the Pak-China friendship is described. Pakistan was the first non-communist country...

Pakistan: Can only the Army provide freedom?

Dr. Farid A. Malik | On April 24, 1915, the combined forces of Britain, France, Australia, and New Zealand attacked Gallipoli to topple the Caliphate...

Depleting gas reserves of Pakistan: Is Synthetic Gas the only option?

Dr. Farid A. Malik | In 1952, Pakistan discovered the world’s largest gas deposit of 12 TCF (Trillion Cubic Feet) at Sui in Dera Bugti...

The downhill slope in Pakistan’s industrial development: Who is to blame?

Dr. Farid A. Malik | Recently the President of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has highlighted the importance of Industry-academia linkages. In the...

2018 elections drawing close: Is Pakistan ready to accept a democratic...

Dr. Farid A. Malik | October 27, 1958, is etched in my memory when as a five-year-old I stood on the Mall Road holding my...

2018 Elections: Hope for protected votes or another rigged story?

Dr. Farid A. Malik | “Those who cast votes, change nothing; those who count, change everything.” – Stalin How can protection of the vote be ensured?...

Pakistan and ‘Saaf Pani’ projects: Failed projects or merely a hoax?

Dr. Farid A. Malik | The future of ‘Saaf Pani’ (clean drinking water) in Pakistan is anything but clean. One of the vandalized filtration plants...

Corruption in the guise of development funds: Any accountability?

Dr. Farid A. Malik | “Hisab do” indeed... For once I tend to agree with the Prime Minister that development cannot be stopped to pursue accountability....

What Pakistan needs to develop its mining sector

Dr. Farid A. Malik | After reading two articles on the development of Chiniot minerals, I was motivated to write this note. Ansar Abbasi's article...

The Devil inside every human invention…

Dr. Farid A. Malik | It’s the oldest fight in history. The age old idiom, ‘The devil is in the detail’ holds good for all manmade...

Pakistan suffers: The corrupts are made heroes

Dr. Farid A. Malik | From Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s (ZAB) socialist approach of Roti, Kapra, Makan to Shaukat Aziz’s free market and deregulation, Pakistan has...

Are the people ready for another long-march against dictatorship?

Dr. Farid A. Malik | Having lived through two movements (1977 and 2007) and getting ready for the third (2017), I thought it was a...

Has PTI’s ‘change’ been killed by ‘corporatisation’?

Dr. Farid A. Malik | Perhaps Kaptaan has now become a brand name for PTI Incorporated (PTI Inc). Corporate resources like jets and helicopters are...

Will the “Aam Admi” really vote for PML-N, again?

Dr. Farid A. Malik | While addressing a public meeting at Jacobabad, Saad Rafiq roared that they will rule the province of Sindh by Aam...

Public forced resignation: Has the PM left us with no choice?

Dr. Farid A. Malik | ‘Awami Astifa’, or a public forced resignation, is an interesting concept. After the Panama case verdict, PML-N leadership is constantly...

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