The book is an exposition of some contemporary issues like democracy, jihad and terrorism. What is democracy? What are its sine qua non? Does even United States' democracy fulfils the essentials? Pakistan is focused in particular within the historical context. How far Pakistan's democracy fulfils Aristotle's visualisations? What are obstructions to democracy in Pakistan. Though focus is on Pakistan, many other countries fit in the framework . What is holy war (jihad).? Holy wars not only under Islam but also under Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism are focused. The writer has a broader view of the subjects he has dealt with. He has banked on available research on the subjects. Having seen both overt and covert life in his country, he had taken a broader and deeper view of the subjects than armchair analysts. He has served in various positions with t with Inter-Services Intelligence. Before joining the ISI, he had served the local government (counties) as principal officer. In LG, he came across all strata of society. He thus has intimate knowledge of socio-economic milieu in Pakistan. He is the only writer in Pakistan who has been contributing since his teens to leading dailies at home and abroad.
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About the Author
•Wrote freelance for over 45 years (under original name, homonyms or pseudonyms) beginning with Morning News (Karachi), mostly on current economic and management issues. The contribution titled “An Anti-Inflation Weapon “ attracted the Pakistan's prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. PM House invited him for discussion on the economic proposal in the article. Discussed matters with Special Asst. to Prime Minister and his so-called chief economist. Not joined their team, remained independent. •Contributions were published in leading dailies at home (News International, Express Tribune, Dawn, Nation, Daily Times, Frontier Post, etc) and abroad (Lebanon, Bangladesh, and Nepal). •Served 1970-83 Punjab government as a principal officer (chief officer/taxation officer of Municipal bodies and District Council) before joining the Directorate-General, Inter-Services Intelligence. Retired as director, Inter-Services Intelligence in 2009. Worked at analysis, technical, and media desks, besides in the field. Has special interest in strategy, study of civilisations, international relations,particularly Kashmir and nuclear issues, besides analysis of defence budget. His work on study of civilisations, societies and cultures including analysis of structure of Pakistan's society is on the anvil. Lectured MBA students. He is a Master of Economics, Business Administration, and LLB (Shariah and Law). Knows several languages including Arabic and French. Learned computer languages at two universities. •Currently jobless and looking up for some research/writing/lecture/administrative job or assignment in Pakistan or abroad.