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Farooq Hassan

Opinion

The sugar daddy

ARTICLE: In the past six months, the hapless citizens of Pakistan have been subjected to endless media onslaught on...

Published Jun 30, 2020 03:10am
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The honey trap

ARTICLE: The 'honey trap' is a word that encompasses many things. It was first coined by the spy agencies who used...

Updated Jun 14, 2020 01:34am
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Kashmir - the Indian timing

Timing is everything. When you propose to your favourite lady, everything has to be timed right. The Moon in full bloom. The candle light at the dinner table. The 10-carat diamond ring in your pocket. She will say 'Yes'. When a trained fighter pilot is on

Updated Sep 28, 2019 09:27am
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Political and strategic dynamics of Kashmir-I

Indian Occupied Kashmir(IOK) is on the boil again. Like a volcano it erupts periodically. The response from both antagonists (Pakistan & India) is mired in familiar standardization - same rhetoric, same drama, same calls to the International Community for

Published Aug 26, 2019 12:00am
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Political and strategic dynamics of Kashmir-I

Indian Occupied Kashmir(IOK) is on the boil again. Like a volcano it erupts periodically. The response from both antagonists (Pakistan & India) is mired in familiar standardization - same rhetoric, same drama, same calls to the International Community for

Published Aug 26, 2019 12:00am
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Does Imran Khan have a tryst with destiny?

Pakistan is undergoing an unprecedented change. The driver is IK. I have never met IK except in 2005 when I invited him to address the Management Association of Pakistan on Leadership. Nor am I a card holder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf. I have spent 52 ye

Published Aug 20, 2019 12:00am
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The 'New World Disorder' and the relevance of Pakistan

As if by celestial edict, cricket World Order started dismantling itself 4 years ago. The most glaring examples are Trumpism and Brexit. Both are seismic events, presaging a tectonic shift in World Power politics. There is a massive push back against glob

Published Jun 27, 2019 12:00am
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Developing tourism in Pakistan

IK has a fixation on tourism. Rightly so. It is stated to be the biggest industry in the world. It provides massive employment - the supply chain is very profitable - jobs, food, drinks and everything under the sun. IK must have been impressed with Bali,

Published Jun 11, 2019 12:00am
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Eliminate with extreme prejudice

Murder is a fairly normal affair, Jamaica is the murder capital of the world - statistically speaking. A murder - whether a homicide, poisoning, targeted killing, etc., does not create much excitement - it's not "Breaking News". When you really need for t

Published May 23, 2019 12:00am
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IK's political brand is evolving

Branding has become the most important discipline - outdistancing accounting, engineering, human resources, etc. In the 1950s, the US corporations realized that without proper branding they could not survive. In 2014, Coca Cola was still the most valuable

Published May 16, 2019 12:00am
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IK's political brand is evolving

Branding has become the most important discipline - outdistancing accounting, engineering, human resources, etc. In the 1950s, the US corporations realized that without proper branding they could not survive. In 2014, Coca Cola was still the most valuable

Published May 16, 2019 12:00am
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IK's political brand is evolving

Branding has become the most important discipline - outdistancing accounting, engineering, human resources, etc. In the 1950s, the US corporations realized that without proper branding they could not survive. In 2014, Coca Cola was still the most valuable

Published May 16, 2019 12:00am
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Speed money

Speed money is exactly what it means - it speeds things along. In my management career, spanning 50 years, the most valuable lesson I learnt was from Agha Hasan Abedi. He once told me "Find out what the man wants - cash, women, a Hajj ticket, medical trea

Published Apr 05, 2019 12:00am
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The corporate lunch

In the 1950s and 60s corporate lunches were quite a rage in the West. The epicenter was Madison Avenue, the heart of the advertising profession. The three Martini Lunch was the norm. But in that period some great advertising was produced. Clairol's "Does

Published Mar 26, 2019 12:00am
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Leadership - 'Grace under pressure'

President John F. Kennedy (JFK) used to say that the phrase 'Grace under pressure' reminds him of a girl he once dated. When the Cuban missile crisis happened in 1962, I was a high school student in Sacramento, California. It was the worst military misadv

Published Mar 06, 2019 12:00am
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Fake degrees, fake news...

Fake degrees should not be such a big issue. After all, I too have a fake degree. It says so on my C.V. I have an MBA degree(GPA 3.9) from the University of Chichawatni, Punjab. The fact that Chichawatni has no university is beside the point. Even the sen

Published Feb 13, 2019 12:00am
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The leadership deficit - II

Fast forward to modern times. After WWII, the victorious Allied powers met in Yalta to carve out the world and decide "Who wants what?". Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin were the masters of the Globe. Beneath all the public announcements, a secret understa

Published Jan 08, 2019 12:00am
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The leadership deficit - I

The entire world suffers from a leadership deficit. All other deficits spring from this pivotal deficit - fiscal deficit, trade deficit, food deficit, ecological deficit, human degradation deficit, etc. etc. Today this small planet (the Earth) accommodate

Published Jan 07, 2019 12:00am