Category Archive: Debate Desk, Featured

Rising Islamophobia in Britain

Rising Islamophobia in Britain

  The recent Paris attack incited a broad rise in Islamophobia in the UK. Muslims from all across the country are being targeted on the street, on public transport, at work, and at educational...
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...
Mumtaz Qadri’s punishment upheld

Mumtaz Qadri’s punishment upheld

  October 7, 2015 carries enormous significance for our country, for it marks the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s landmark ruling of maintaining the capital punishment of Mumtaz Qadri, who...
Christian heroes of 1965’s war and beyond

Christian heroes of 1965’s war and beyond

Pakistan marked the 50th anniversary of its second war with India and has paid tributes to the heroes of 1965’s war. The war lasted for 17 days and then ended in a stalemate after Russia and...
Education for the Elite: Private Tuition Culture on the rise

Education for the Elite: Private Tuition Culture on the rise

Besides multiple impacts, the 21 st century highlights the way education is sought and imparted today. Earlier, students headed for home straight from school and rested before sitting down to revise...
Benazir’s struggle to protect people of Pakistan

Benazir’s struggle to protect people of Pakistan

Though 21st June marks Birthday of one of Pakistan’s greatest leader the former prime minister of Pakistan Mohtarma  Benazir Bhutto, rightly named Benazir meaning unique.  This year besides her...
Burma burns with persecution of Muslims

Burma burns with persecution of Muslims

The first Muslims landed in Myanmar / Burma’s Ayeyarwady River delta, Tanintharyi coast and Rakhine as seamen in the ninth century, prior to the establishment of the first Myanmar (Burmese) empire...
Helmet must for motorcyclists: a blessing or bane?

Helmet must for motorcyclists: a blessing or bane?

DIG traffic Ameer Sheikh on Tuesday declared wearing helmets mandatory for motorcyclists as well as pillions in Karachi, effective from June 1, 2015. Now, even females who mount on motorbikes as...
Time for Diversification In Investment By Universities

Time for Diversification In Investment By Universities

An extensive campaign was recently set in motion in recent years, for “diversification” away from fossil fuels, for investors to withdraw their money from this industry. Many universities...
Overburdened and underpaid

Overburdened and underpaid

Habib Zaman (shown in the above image) was going to earn only Rs. 100 ($1) for delivering that huge pile of goods he was pulling from a storage house to a shop in Bolton Market. Habib Zaman is one of...
Marriage – a bliss or abyss?

Marriage – a bliss or abyss?

It is a commonly held belief and one which often gets expressed that marriage is one of the most intimate and beautiful relationships that exist in this world. They say when two souls are tied in a...
Wide scope for economic reporting in Pakistan

Wide scope for economic reporting in Pakistan

Over the past decade or so media in Pakistan witnessed a big boom with the mushrooming of TV channels and websites but the scarcity of specifically trained and experienced professionals left a vast...
The necessity of change and intellectual enlightenment

The necessity of change and intellectual enlightenment

The primary source of jurisprudential ruling for Muslims is the Qur’an. The basis of change whether on a national or global scale commences with individual change. This change is based on awareness...
Welcome to ‘New Pakistan’!

Welcome to ‘New Pakistan’!

Cold-blooded, brazen, barbaric, inhuman, tragic, blatant, heart-wrenching, ghastly, horrific…. Bring all the other superlative degrees of much stronger expressions to put into words what had...
Altaf Hussain Warns Of ISIS Presence in Pakistan

Altaf Hussain Warns Of ISIS Presence in Pakistan

He may be living in exile thousands of miles away but Altaf Hussain is among the most proactive political leaders in Pakistan. Governing his party, the Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM), from London, he...
Time to rollback the curse of VIP culture

Time to rollback the curse of VIP culture

Three days ago, two amateur videos captured from mobile phones started circulating on social media and instantly went viral.   The videos clearly show how ex-interior minister Rehman Malik and...
Media Amidst Crossfire

Media Amidst Crossfire

Tune-into any News Channel in Pakistan these days, you will watch and listen to nothing new but the same old breaking news, same faces, same speeches, sentences, deadlines, threats, demands at the...
The Real Revolution

The Real Revolution

For the last three weeks Pakistan has been in political turmoil. The turmoil has all but strangled Pakistan’s already precarious economic predicament. Official figures suggest Pakistan has lost...
‘You have let us down’ – An open letter to Imran Khan!

‘You have let us down’ – An open letter to Imran Khan!

Dear Imran Khan,   You have let us down.   Last April I arrived in Islamabad to support PTI in the upcoming elections and witness what I thought would be the democratic equivalent of the...
Our real Jihadist problem

Our real Jihadist problem

I have witnessed with horror young men of my faith and my nationality – Islam and British, respectively – issuing threats to the country that I adopted over more than two decades ago after...
All we need is unity, faith and discipline

All we need is unity, faith and discipline

All Pakistanis take inspiration from Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s principle of Unity, Faith, Discipline. The founder of Pakistan had said:   “I have no doubt that with unity, faith...
Travel restrictions: nightmare comes true

Travel restrictions: nightmare comes true

It was the land from my vision, people like I have been imagining in English novels and admiring in the Hollywood movies.   The litter-free wide streets, amazing skyscrapers, and cozy...