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Imran Khan: A Rising Force???

Raza Habib Raja Before I start, let me admit one thing here that I got it wrong and underestimated Imran’s ability to actually bring his facebook supporters to the street. Ok, I admit this is something I had not imagined to be possible in the past. In fact I have been mocking PTI for a considerable period of time for being a political “nobody” apart from being a reactionary party.  But no matter what spin I try to give, the fact is that PTI is a force to reckon with, at least in Urban Punjab. Yes one successful political rally does not mean that PTI has conquered Pakistan but it has shown itself to be a rising force in terms of popularity. Reactionary it may still be but it is somebody today!! And … Read entire article »

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Say no to plastic bags

By  Rai Muhammad Azlan Shahid: Some three weeks back when I was entering my workplace I saw a notice from Welsh government saying that from 1st October 5p would be charged per carrier bag. I found that interesting and kept my opinion for that until I can observe the implementation and the public behaviour over it. I have been here in this country for almost a year and I have observed that God has given this country with immense natural beauty, this is one aspect of life here, God has also given this nation with the sense of responsibility towards the gifts they have. They always try to keep the nature alive and preserve it the way it should be. Now coming back to Pakistan, we have everything in terms of nature, … Read entire article »

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Aaloo-eating zionists – Pakistan’s youth reacts to daily doses of ghairat and lies

By Saadia Gardezi The latest music video to go viral in the Pakistani blogosphere, Aaloo Andey by Beyghairat Brigade, says most of what those on the centre and left are thinking. The Pakistani virtualverse has been twittering about the satire since it came out. However there has also been some verbal violence against the views expressed in the song, characteristic of the Pakistan we live in… what for one man thinks is xenophobic nationalism, for another is just … Read entire article »

Filed under: Conservation, Humor, liberal Pakistan, Music

The gentler perspective

Political apathy By Farahnaz Zahidi Moazzam Farahnaz Zahidi Moazzam is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for writing. Her focus is human rights, gender issues and reproductive health. She loves blogging, traveling, is a chaai person and a wannabe photographer. Her pet peeve is marginalization on any grounds. She lives in Karachi & blogs here. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Wrath, Greed, Sloth, Pride, Lust, Envy and Gluttony – the 7 Deadly Sins, all found in abundance in the land of the Pure. But while the other six get due, or often undue, attention in our conversations, it is poor little SLOTH that is ignored. So what is this “Sloth” all about?  Laziness and indifference is basically what sloth is all about. Neglect. Apathy. Listlessness. It is closely related to despair….loss of hope, giving up, and disillusionment to the … Read entire article »

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An Open letter to every Pakistani

An Open letter to every Pakistani

By Abrar A Qureshi While PTI and PML (N) are preparing for dharnas and jalsas, which they refer to as a turning point. I am a bit confused, turning point for what? And whom? Apparently it is to tell a bald man that he is bald. We all know he is bald, so what? Is it for Pakistan? Is it for common man? Is it for me? Is it for you? Will it solve all the … Read entire article »

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Jalsa weekend Lahore

Filed under: Humor, Images, Lahore, Punjab

Pakistan Police can have fun too

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Jinnah: Hindu-Muslim Unity to Muslim Separatism?

By Yasser Latif Hamdani This is a continuation of a series of articles I have been writing on Jinnah to explain his politics better which has long been the subject of controversy especially his alleged “change of ideals” which – as the All India Reporter put it- represents “one of the strangest things” in South Asian History.   … Read entire article »

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Muammar Gaddafi: In Memoriam

By Fawzia Afzal Khan Was he a “mad dog” as Ronald Reagan dubbed him, or  “the King of Kings” as some leaders of African nations  crowned him, or “Brotherly Leader and Guide of the First of September Great Revolution of the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya,” as he named himself in 1972? Whichever title describes him best, the fact is he was different things to different people, and the murkiness surrounding his character and contributions to Libya or lack thereof remain murky in these days following his assassination. That too , remains murky: did a young Libyan “rebel” shoot him, or was he killed by a Nato airstrike? “Facts”  around the achievements of his socialist policies remain similarly debatable, though reports of the Human Development Index as recently as 2009 gave Libya … Read entire article »

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A woman entrepreneur asks a good question to Hillary Rodham Clinton

A woman entrepreneur asks a good question to Hillary Rodham Clinton

Sidra Iqbal & T U Dawood with Hillary Rodham Clinton Tara Uzra Dawood met Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton during her recent visit to Islamabad, Pakistan.  Below is an extract of a question she asked her during a select Town Hall gathering. MR. PIRZADA: There’s a question here, I think. There’s a lady who has a mike here. Yes. QUESTION: Hello. I’m Tara Uzra Dawood. I’m a JD from Harvard Law School as well as president of the Dawood … Read entire article »

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Farewell, the doyenne of the House of Bhutto

By Ghazala Akbar: Love them, loathe them, praise them, abuse them — our opinions are impassioned and divided when it comes to the Bhuttos. But wherever we are located on the political spectrum – however polarised our views — and – whatever our feelings regarding the present government – in this we generally agree: that in the annals of our cataclysmic political history, in the epic battle for Democracy against Dictatorship – the House of Bhutto has paid a huge and hefty price in blood, sweat and tears.  Some cynics might scoff: theirs was no heroic struggle, just a quest for power, a vain attempt to forge a dynasty. As you sow, so you reap. Whatever. The jury is still out on that score, let history judge. But right now, we … Read entire article »

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Qadri case: Battle for the soul of Pakistan

By Aftab Zaidi: The reverberations of Justice Munir verdict in Maulvi Tameez uddin case are being felt even today. Every military coup was sanctioned and given a legal cover based on this faulty decision. The long lasting ill effects of this judgment were not realized at the time of its announcement. Similarly the outcome of the Mumtaz Qadri case will have profound impact on the future of this nation. The fact that an ex – Chief Justice of Lahore High Court has come forward to argue in favor of a self confessed killer is likely to put further strain on the judges. It appears that anything wrapped in a cloak of religiosity will even blind our arbitrators of justice. After the proclamation of the sentence; the anti terrorist court judge was hurriedly … Read entire article »

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On Jinnah and Nehru Report

On Jinnah and Nehru Report

Crossposted from here. This blog entry is a reply to Mr Yasser Latif Hamdani’s insightful piece on Nehru Report named ”Jinnah, M C Chagla and Nehru Report”. First of all I would like to say that it is always a pleasure reading Mr Hamdani’s articles focusing particularly on the surrounding events leading to partition. Even when I disagree with his conclusions, I still admire his zeal for the subject of history which is often ignored in our … Read entire article »

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Jinnah, M C Chagla and the Nehru Report

Jinnah, M C Chagla and the Nehru Report

By Yasser Latif Hamdani The All India Reporter in its obituary on Jinnah wrote this very revealing line: “The change in his views and ideals leading to such cataclysmic developments in our national annals will remain one of the strangest things in history.” This reflects the general overview of Jinnah’s career and his “change” which is one of the “strangest things in history”. Many auhors have attempted to discern or understand when and where Jinnah switched his … Read entire article »

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Begum Bhutto (1929 – 2011)

Begum Bhutto (1929 – 2011)

by Husham Ahmed Just a few hours ago Begum Nusrat Bhutto breathed her last in Dubai after suffering from a protracted illness and the world lost a woman who was a symbol of valor, courage and fortitude. Nadeem F. Paracha aptly put in his tweet:  “Her’s was the longest and toughest struggle”. The world saw her in the form of a young frail woman who selflessly worked as a member of Women’s National Guard to fight day … Read entire article »

Filed under: Benazir Bhutto, Uncategorized, Women