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Jewish candles in the window

Fishel Benkhald To be honest, these thoughts are not from an expert, but are heartfelt wishful thinking. Besides the reality of extremism and debate on lack of law and order, let’s share which candles Pakistan might put in the window for the lost Pakistani Jewish community. At this hour of night while we all await for that sun to shine again on all of us which Pakistan’s non-Muslim and Muslim founding fathers and mothers thought of. Jews have lived among different Islamic cultures and got accustomed to it, at times total assimilation of different cultures and religions may not be completely possible but multicultural societies while keeping their distinctive individual identities intact exist and are doing well. This was the atmosphere in which Jewish community were living in the pre-partition Pakistan. There are few … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Judaism, Religion, Terrorism

When will the insanity stop?

Ahmer Muzammil I wasn’t close to him. Hardly shared couple of sentences in last 2 decades, but his mother and mine shared a womb. I did; however, met him every weekend till I was 16 at my nani’ house but there were 20 other cousins so I cant say he was my best friend. So my perspective is not tainted with lopsided partisanship, which might be the case with his wife, children, brothers and sisters and nephews and nieces, people that he adored and they adored him back. He was not the smartest, most good-looking or most successful in our family; but there was something about him, which is usually not screaming at you, seeking attention in a self-glorifying manner but you know its there. Its sophisticated and its polite and … Read entire article »

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Sanki King

Sanki King

Abdullah Ahmed Khan professionally known as Sanki or Sanki King, is a Pakistani graffiti artist, Pakistan’s first Sneaker Artist member of an old school American graffiti crew, BMK – Beyond Mankind Krew, a Bboy & member of a b-boying crew Unknown Crew (UC), founded in 2010 in Karachi and a Parkor expert.. Sanki is the pioneer of graffiti culture in Pakistan, pioneer of sticker art, and he is also the first and the only super hip hopper in Pakistan. Here are a few brilliant works by Sanki King!                       … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts and Crafts

Speak up (Melancholy )

Speak up (Melancholy )

by Caeser Ali Khan Islamic culture holds Melancholy (Hazen) in high esteem but I consider it not an honor but illness. We Muslims are suffering from a communal pain. It is often said “If you were a good and true Muslim, you would not care so much about your worldly losses.” What a pity. I am not speaking of your personal grief but of the pain and suffering we absorb with pride as a community. I am … Read entire article »

Filed under: Islam, Islamism, Pakistan

Aman Foundation – An Iron-clad Pillar of Support for Karachiites

Aman Foundation – An Iron-clad Pillar of Support for Karachiites

by  Ammar Haider Last week I attended Pakistan Urban Forum that was organized to focus on issues and Solutions in urban cities likes Karachi. One of the highlights was a keynote from CEO of Aman Foundation, Ahsan Jamil. He talked about what are Aman Foundation’s objectives and their role in providing basic necessities in this complex urban megacity. Personally I am a big fan of Aman Foundation and how professionally they are working in Human development sector. They … Read entire article »

Filed under: human rights

Why MQM Wants Army in Karachi

By Waqas Habib   Democracy is going to bring some long due respite for Karachiites, as soon we will see a major targeted operation in the city. An operation that will not be carried out by the Army but by the Police and Rangers   After May 11, 2013, few things have changed – call it the loyalty of the people of Sind or a strategic initiative by them. They elected a PPP government into power with a clear majority – a no compromise strategy. Hence they are free to make their decisions on an executive level in Sind. They do not need MQM or ANP’s support to sustain their government in the province.   PMLN too is not carrying baggage in the Federal government. They want peace in Karachi so they can fulfill their biggest … Read entire article »

Filed under: Army, Karachi, Politics

RIP Ardeshir Cowasjee

Raza Rumi (My comments cited in this story at Al Jazeera) Ardeshir Cowasjee, a Parsi businessman, philanthropist, and a pillar of cosmopolitan Karachi, turned to public activism through his writings. First, as a contributor of letters, and later, as a columnist. The candor in Cowasjee’s columns was unprecedented, and very soon, he started to become an irritant for the governments of the day, various mafia in his native Karachi, and the forces of bigotry. In this process, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Media, obituary, Pakistan

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 »

Filed under: Opinion

Karachi killings: Revamp the Police (PTH)

By 2paisay: Just last night someone was asked me what are these killings in Karachi. Is it Shiite Sunni? I replied its more than that. Seeing that the guy was a conservative local, I didn’t know whether he could get the example of Sao Paulo and Favela vs Gated communities (an extreme analogy) so I asked him has he seen depiction of Mexico in movies. He replied in affirmative so I told him, like Mexico in movies its a free for all shiite vs sunni, Mohajir vs Balochi, Mohajir vs Pathans, extortion mafia which comprises of mainly MQM, ANP, PPP, ST and Police, fights over whether the mosque will be Barelvi or otherwise, kidnapping by Talibans and Sindis etc, bank robberies to finance terrorist activities and anybody else who wants to … Read entire article »

Filed under: Terrorism

Emma Duncan on MQM (Excerpts)

Emma Duncan is the Deputy Editor of The Economist. She is the magazine’s chief reporter, writer and editor on climate change. She has also held several other posts on the paper, including Britain Editor and Asia Editor. In 1988-89, she wrote “Breaking the Curfew” (Michael Joseph), a book on politics, culture and society in the troubled state of Pakistan. Following are a few excerpts from her wonderful book on Pakistan regarding her view and experience about MQM “Karachi’s other new phenomenon is, in a way, more optimistic. The Mohajir Qaumi Movement believes that if it takes over government, everything will be all right. It sprang out of a students’ group in Karachi University after the Jamaat-i-Islami student wing, previously the preserve of Mohajirs, was taken over by Punjabis. The party started in earnest … Read entire article »

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Fashion pakistan week diary

Fashion pakistan week diary

By Shoaib Taimur   Fashion is something which I don’t follow religiously as I do not follow any trends nor am I a Fashion victim. I believe that the key to Fashion is to wear what you like and not bother about what others think. The general view is that there is no unity within the Fashion industry and that there are three different councils. Pak tea house was kind enough to ask me to cover Fashion Pakistan … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion

Fashion week pakistan day 3 pics (exclusive)

Fashion week pakistan day 3 pics (exclusive)

  Day 3 Nomi Ansari                       Shamaeel                       Baani D                       Monsoon                       Ahmed Bham             Gulabo ( Maheen Khan)                       Wardah Saleem                       Rizwanullah             Pics courtesy 18% Grey and Etihad … Read entire article »

Filed under: Fashion

Fashion week pakistan pics day 2 (exclusive)

Fashion week pakistan pics day 2 (exclusive)

Day one                               Pic credit for above TNSmedia labs Day two pics by 18% grey  Shehla Chatoor                     Kuki concepts                     Ayesha Somaya                       Tayyab Bombal                       Next                     Umar Saeed                 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Fashion, Photos

Real estate projects in different cities of Pakistan

A guest post by William King During the last few years, all the economic parameters have shown a gradual drop in Pakistan realty market. However, 2012 brings good news that Pakistan property prices will be moderated, making it an attractive investment opportunity for realtors and investors. New projects like The Centaurus (Islamabad) and many other notable projects across the country hold much promise for the industry. Timely completion of the projects also helps them grab the attention of investors. Therefore, most of the developers may focus on execution and delivering the committed projects in 2012 rather than launching new projects to avoid reaching insurmountable inventory limit. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Opinion

Karachi: Fairgrounds, demos, devils and more

By Ali Arqam: Zulfiqar Mirza’s theatrics, Altaf Hussain’s histrionics, rabble-rouser Qureshi’s anti climax (of Nuclear Arsenal under threat episode), Munawwar Hasan’s  ‘No one loves me’ rants, Fazlur Rehman’s alarm bells of Islam in danger, the new theatrical production is a rally by JuD for “Difa-e-Pakistan”. Welcome to Karachi fairgrounds. First swearing Mirza damned MQM for posing threat to Pakistan’s integrity, then Altaf Hussain waved the map of so called balkanization of Pakistan. Thereafter, Imran came with a life line for Pakistan (he will only share the details when he will come to power) then Munawwar Hasan called on the bearded and hijabis to save Pakistan. Most recently Fazlur Rehman brandished a red flag and now Hafiz Saeed of JuD,  Ahmad Ludhianvi of ASWJ and others have jumped on the bandwagon to defend state of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Politics