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Taliban: FAQs

Taliban: FAQs

Q. Who are Taliban?   The story started with the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. Fearing Russian expansionism, CIA married ISIand gave birth to the Jihadis euphemistically called Taliban....
Colors of Bliss

Colors of Bliss

Don’t we all crave Bliss? Some find it in lucre while some discover it in the high of wielding power over others.  Some see it in beauty and some feel it in love. Many experience it in their...
Imran Ready to Bowl

Imran Ready to Bowl

Imran ready to bowl. This gentle breeze blowing in from North. Fragrant. Whiff of expectation in the air. Imran starts running. Head lunging forward, piercing gaze, body curved in a magnificent arch,...
Imran Will or Not?

Imran Will or Not?

The question is superfluous. Imran already has. The question is untenable as it implies a sweeping electoral victory to be the ultimate victory. This notion of victory conveniently ignores Imran’s...
Is Our Pied Piper from Lahore?

Is Our Pied Piper from Lahore?

The Pied Piper of Hamelin may have led the children to a place unknown never to come back.  Our own only led them to Islamabad and they all came back.  And of course ours was more considerate and...
Lahore, My Love

Lahore, My Love

Falling in love is easy, staying loyal is not. I fell in love twice. First got me my wife and the second an eternal fear. Fear of leaving my beloved Lahore.  Of the two, I have been more loyal to...
Elections Argument: Fact or Fallacy?

Elections Argument: Fact or Fallacy?

Analysts seem to be bitterly divided on the elections issue. While one school is shouting hoarse the benefits it would bring to the fledgling democracy, the other is adamantly demonizing elections as...
Busting the Myth of Zardari

Busting the Myth of Zardari

Is he really the king of Byzantium, the grand master of intrigue, the uncrowned political oracle?  Four years into his term despite all odds and even his detractors have come to peddle with glee his...
Milads, Marriages, Funerals

Milads, Marriages, Funerals

While an indifferent state continues to add new chapters to our tale of woes, commoners are no less creative in dispensing misery.  The state’s abysmal record in governance left the door open to...
Imran Can

Imran Can

He utters the same clichés, spouts the same idiom, his intensity and passion are no different while he holds out the same platter of promises. It is all so déjà vu. Yet he stands out in this sea...
Aren’t Memories like Wine..?

Aren’t Memories like Wine..?

When warm embraces the nip, when I hear the faint whistle of a train, when I am awakened at dawn by Azan floating on the morning breeze, when the raindrops make love to the leaves and when in the...
Pleasures of Bing-eing

Pleasures of Bing-eing

A heightened to sense of smell, body taut with anticipation, frenetic brain activity triggered by a riot of aromas and colors, the uncontrollable desire to bite and slurp and finally the pleasure of...
DRS: Umpire’s Bully or Buddy?

DRS: Umpire’s Bully or Buddy?

Loss of innocence maybe celebration for some but then there are others who bemoan it with the kind of grief reserved for the dear departed. Many among us equate innocence with a world untouched by...
Why Not Take an Optimistic View of Pakistan?

Why Not Take an Optimistic View of Pakistan?

I am cold and lonely. Condemned to walk in an endless night, I am losing hope. I see no light, no end to my misery. I dream of waking up, I dream of the breaking dawn. To see the darkness unravel, to...