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Two Must Read Books

Two Must Read Books

By Zerka Tahir Hats Off To The Men In Hats: Seventh day, strange, why the despondency, the hollowness, the morning was bright, yes a little too sunny, but no reason to feel so listless. Then dawned the realization that I had finished reading ‘Man In The Hat’. For the past few days Shoaib Sultan Khan had been my companion, my friend, my guide, my mentor. I had been by his side through thick and thin, travelled … Read entire article »

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Diana: A Film Review

Diana: A Film Review

Review by Ras H. Siddiqui Director Oliver Hirschbiegel’s movie “Diana” is an ambitious film, one which might face initial viewer reservations because many in our generation still have vivid memories of the late Lady Diana Spencer.  As Princess of Wales or just Lady Di, she was one member of the British Royalty who touched the hearts and minds of millions around the globe as she became Britain’s most glamorous face to the world. Her controversial life … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cinema, Education, human rights, Media, Reviews, World

Mr. Prime Minister: Here is some advice

By Waqas Farooq During his recent address (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xRCk8VWI9U) to the nation Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif admitted the failure of state apparatus in fulfilling its role and providing basic services to the citizens. The Prime Minister also appreciated any advice which can be offered to him for solutions on an array of problems Pakistan is facing. Here, I am going to avail myself of that liberty and offer up some sage advice. Having realized the failure of the administration, there is now a need to act sooner rather than later in order to fix the system. There is a dire need to infuse a performance oriented culture in the civil administration of the country. The government should adopt a mission to have result oriented machinery that fulfills its obligations. The government should chalk out … Read entire article »

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Death of a Nation

Death of a Nation

by Hafsa Khawaja Holding on in the midst of political, social and economic storms, the Pakistan of today is an illustration of an almighty bedlam. Unsurprisingly, death and destruction have now eased into humdrum routinely occurrences for most people; Predictably throwing a cloak of desensitization over them; giving rise to chronic apathy. A common trend that has been nurtured in this environment is the juxtaposition of tragedies for comparisons to exhibit selectivity of people’s reactions and responses. To question … Read entire article »

Filed under: Citizens, culture, drama, History, human rights, Identity, Opinion, Pakistan, Society, violence, war

Hasta Siempre, Comandante Hugo Chavez: a great leader

By Asif Jehangir Naqshbandi-Haqqani Hugo Chavez died yesterday to the predictable gloating of the right-wing press both in the USA and also, sadly, here in the United Kingdom. I say sadly because here was a man who in his fourteen years of rule had a profound change on his nation’s fortunes, particularly on the lives of the weakest members of society. For me, the measure of success and greatness of both a county, at a national level, and of a person, at an individual level is how they treat the poorest, weakest and most down-trodden of the society. In my opinion, and I’ll be the first to admit that my religious views play a large role in this outlook, how we treat our fellow human beings who are not as well … Read entire article »

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Rising power?

By Yusra Askari Connecting With the World In Their Own Voice: Bridging the Mainstream Media Gap from PeaceNiche on Vimeo.   I was asked to moderate a panel discussion at the ‘Social Media Mela 2012’. Scheduled for the 14th of July, the debate was titled ‘Connecting with the World In Their Own Voice: Bridging the Mainstream Media Gap’ and focused on the challenges faced by region’s minorities. Among the participants; Smita Choudhary, a rights activist working in Chattisgarh and from Kashmir, Sabbah Haji and Raheel Khursheed. Representing the minorities of Pakistan, Imran Jattala of the Ahmediya Times, Anthony Permal, a Pakistani Christian based in Dubai and rights activist, Irfan Ali, a member of Quetta’s Shia Hazara community. The participants spoke passionately about the threats facing their respective communites. All in attendance agreed, one voice clearly stood … Read entire article »

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Even death could NOT silence Benazir!

Even death could NOT silence Benazir!

By Maleeha Manzoor   Heart is torn into pieces and eyes haze while pioneering to carve my letters about fortune’s relentlessness with the millions, being suppressed since the day this country came into existence. But the murkiest December 27; 2007 – it so far chronicles the tale of wrathfulness of fate with the eighteen millions – when Benazir Bhutto, the masterful leader and the only beacon of hope, was mercilessly martyred on the streets of Rawalpindi, which still had the essence of … Read entire article »

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Tahir-ul-Qadri and Doomsday Conspiracy

Tahir-ul-Qadri and Doomsday Conspiracy

By Abrar Kureshy “A telecom professional, Abrar holds an MBA degree in marketing. He tweets as @Abrar_kureshy twitter.com/Abrar_Kureshy and occasionally blogs at http://abrarkureshy.wordpress.com/ “     Ok this comes in a little late as I was confused on 21st December about what to do. Curse Mayan calendar for wrongly scaring the whole world for nothing, watch the movie 2012 again and laugh or consider it alright as self-claimed “Sheikh-ul-Islam” Prof. Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri was “launched” in Pakistan on that day and in Nazir Naji’s words, after … Read entire article »

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Are There Any Liberal “Extremists” in Pakistan?

Raza Habib Raja Lately one of the phrases being repeatedly used at the mainstream media is of “liberal extremism”. I have repeatedly heard and read that our society is polarized and both the “extremes” are equally harmful. A few columnists and anchor persons continuously point towards the “dangers” emanating from liberal extremists. Some or the other our media is trying to project itself as striking the vital middling position and professes “miana rawi” or moderation in opinion. This term is no longer just restricted to the media but has also found its way in everyday conversations and drawing room discussions. Well at least semantically a phrase like liberal extremism or liberal fascism can only be termed as an oxymoron. From a philosphical point of view you can not be a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Egalitarian Pakistan, Liberal Democratic Pakistan, minorities, Opinion

What Pakistan thinks about the taliban

What Pakistan thinks about the taliban

By Momo Khan I belong to an era in Pakistan where we fight against terrorism every single day. The stories to world of getting killed, blown up or abducted are realities to us.  The thing which world fears has its home in Pakistan— the Taliban. So, what is it Taliban… to me, Taliban is a fear, a fear which is haunting our abilities to erase them, to take back the charge from them and to stop them … Read entire article »

Filed under: Al Qaeda, Opinion

Israeli conflict

Israeli conflict

By Daniyal Hasan Gaza combat has given all the emotional fools who think of themselves as responsible of entire Ummah, a feeling of satisfaction because they are living the situation they love to have. Youth is provoking emotions by sharing the sentimental and fake pictures of burnt children on social networking websites. Some are also demanding to send the Pakistani troops to help the Palestinians as if Pakistan army consists of ubiquitous super heroes. Those who exploit … Read entire article »

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Outside in

Outside in

From whence came the rivers By Shahbaz Ali Khan Shahbaz, a former Industry relations and PR professional, has spent the past 8 years experimenting with the frontiers of professional competence by insisting on not specializing in anything but thinking, communicating and writing. He tweets at @intensedesigns     Having recently moved to this ancient city, I felt I had to share the joy it has given me since my arrival. I will tell you why I love Lahore. This is not the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Lahore, Opinion

The case for micro-financing

The case for micro-financing

By Laila Rehman Laila Rehman is Social Media Manager for SilkSkin, overseeing monetary optimization on their earned, paid and owned digital platforms. She is based in Karachi. A report released last month by the World Bank unearthed evidence that less than 25% of Pakistani women use micro-finance loans. The report takes a closer look at two challenges facing the micro-finance sector in Pakistan. The first is the potentially widespread practice of women borrowers acting as conduits for loans passed on to other beneficiaries. The … Read entire article »

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Freedom of speech

Freedom of speech

By Ms Kiran Rizvi There has been a mention or two of the alleged ‘freedom of speech’ in USA, primarily in regard to the anti-Islam movie that attracted undue attention all over the world. While everything is to be taken in context, I felt that the subject needed some clarification after I read a piece on Viewpoint from an expatriate Pakistani professor residing in US. While I can understand that it is hard to comprehend this … Read entire article »

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Communication demystified

Communication demystified

By Amena Kamaal The writer is a communications guru working with the world food program and based in Islamabad The changes in the communication landscape in the last few years distinctly reflect the changes in human behavior we’ve been observing and experiencing ourselves over the past few years – changes brought upon by new technologies. Think about how we consume information nowadays, as well as what we expect from the creators of this information in terms of … Read entire article »

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