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Men stand up for women’s rights

Men stand up for women’s rights

  Violence against women is a global phenomenon that affects a large portion of the population right across from the first world countries to the third world. Women are subjected to different...
Why is Lyari Burning?

Why is Lyari Burning?

Day 6 of the Lyari operation raged on, with fierce exchanges of bullets between the police force and the ‘gangsters’. Probably fed up of the situation, some of the residents tried to pretend...
Choose the Correct Answer..

Choose the Correct Answer..

“Write the name of the prophet who came after the Prophet Essa (Jesus)?”   Two of the four options: Hazrat Abrahim; Hazrat Mohammad.   I’ve jumped the gun again. Let me begin from the...
The Great Escape! And Return?

The Great Escape! And Return?

At around 1 am on Sunday morning, about ‘400-500’ (media reports), around 150 (Provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar), heavily armed men stormed into a heavy guarded Bannu jail and freed...
Dial 15 – Lyari is Burning!

Dial 15 – Lyari is Burning!

There seems to be no relief for the Lyariites, as the oldest area of the metropolis Karachi throbs, oozing blood. The population of Lyari is engaged in a mental, emotional and physical conflict, but...
Unforgivable Siachen

Unforgivable Siachen

Waiting for a loved one is an awful feeling. But if you have to wait for them, knowing that they are in a very dangerous place, is a feeling that cannot be explained in words. You live and die every...
Dr Khalil Chishty – Bail at Last, Freedom Still Awaited

Dr Khalil Chishty – Bail at Last, Freedom Still Awaited

After Dr Chishty’s conviction, his daughter Amna Chishty contacted Aman ki Asha in April 2011 for help, requesting that he be brought home alive. Shortly after, Aman ki Asha  – a joint peace...
My Dear Minister, You Make Us Laugh!

My Dear Minister, You Make Us Laugh!

My God Pakistanis must have done something right to be bestowed by intellectuals and thinkers like dear Interior Minister Rehman Malik. The gentleman always manages to clear up the ambiguities that...
Let’s Cycle!

Let’s Cycle!

Yesterday we bought new bicycles for the kids as I think no childhood is complete without a bicycle. Who can forget the scary moments when one learns to ride a two wheeler sans the training wheels or...
What Happens Next?

What Happens Next?

Sending in the interior minister to do the job hasn’t worked in the past, and it isn’t going to work in the future.
Fight against Extortion or People?

Fight against Extortion or People?

It was a Saturday —– Mar 17 to be precise —— when the city of Karachi was shut down in protest against extortionists. It was a good move…but what about the fact that some of...
‘Koel’- Stirring Emotions

‘Koel’- Stirring Emotions

‘Koel’ written by renowned pioneer of modern Urdu fiction Dr Enver Sajjad and directed by Kulsoom Aftab was presented at the ongoing NAPA Performing Arts Festival held in Karachi. This play...
Our Dreamer

Our Dreamer

Dreams and visions are an integral part of a person’s life, and these have sometimes helped people to achieve the unachievable.   Great leaders like Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar...
Gut Reaction The ‘Real’ Picture

Gut Reaction The ‘Real’ Picture

managing a rally is one thing, managing a whole country quite another. If a leader comes into power thinking that the party ....
It’s Personal!

It’s Personal!

The Maya Khan issue was waiting to erupt sooner or later, and I am glad it did. At least now people, and hopefully the media authorities, will realise that the attitude of “in the media everything...
Calling Out Sick

Calling Out Sick

As children, we tried to con our parents into letting us calling in sick at school. We used the excuse of “I am probably coming down with some rare tropical disease that could kill me if I got out...
The Longest Term

The Longest Term

Our prime minister seems ecstatic that his government has lasted as long as it has. And maybe he has reason to be. He proudly said recently that he was the longest serving prime minister of Pakistan,...
Abandoned ship

Abandoned ship

President Zardari jumped into the “ill-health” lifeboat during the “memo exposure” storm