Category Archive: Debate Desk

Hamid Mir – victim of media infighting

Hamid Mir – victim of media infighting

Pervez Mushharraf is leaving his Islamabad residence amid tight security. His plane has taxied from runway from where he will fly to Karachi. Awesome news for the nation, isn’t it?   You have...
No ceasefire: No good news for innocents

No ceasefire: No good news for innocents

An hour into the news: “Taliban refuse to extend ceasefire” as Bollywood duet “Ashiqui Main Har Ashiq Ho Jata hai Majboor” plays into my eardrums through a headphone borrowed from a...
When protectors become persecutors

When protectors become persecutors

In September 2013 the federal cabinet approved amendments to the anti-terrorism bill giving more powers to the Rangers in order to restore law and order in Karachi. The amendments allowed Rangers...
My Khan on Haqqani Network

My Khan on Haqqani Network

A deadly attack on Monday exposed an unsettling reality for the whole world to see. A reality that shows us even the capital city of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is not safe.   Ironically,...
You will be missed, Mustafa Kamal

You will be missed, Mustafa Kamal

It was the summers of 2006. Karachi had faced one of the worst rainfalls. Teen Talwar, where I then resided, was already flooded and with relentless rains. I didn’t have an iota of hope that the...
A Baloch’s Walk for Survival

A Baloch’s Walk for Survival

With the new government in place in Baluchistan it was expected that there would be some salvation to the Baloch cause. Abdul Maalik a CM from a non feudal background is definitely a break through...
Drones:Making War in the Name of Peace

Drones:Making War in the Name of Peace

Let us be clear: there can be no justifiable condemnation of a strike that takes out a terrorist who does not appear to be very flexible in his demands and is responsible for inflicting violence,...
From Glasgow to Pakistan

From Glasgow to Pakistan

I left Pakistan in early 1953, to come to Britain and settled in Glasgow, Scotland. As a university student and as a member of the All India Muslim Students Federation, from 1944 to 1947, I played an...
Meet beyond EEET in Sharif – Obama Meeting

Meet beyond EEET in Sharif – Obama Meeting

Economy, Energy, Education and Terrorism , three Es and a T (EEET)  were the  main areas of focus from  the  Pakistan’s side when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met with president Obama on...
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....
Ameer Sahib, Please Wait

Ameer Sahib, Please Wait

Let’s call another APC. We should not give a damn to that Islamabad journalist, who criticizes our political leadership for being fond of the All Parties Conferences to keep the things sweeping...
We are Martyred due to our Love for Pakistan

We are Martyred due to our Love for Pakistan

After every persecution and oppression we habitually hear sympathetic and supportive words by social, political and religious leadership but they very often remain words as not much is always done...
Peshawar Church Attack: Is it Impossible to Co-exist?

Peshawar Church Attack: Is it Impossible to Co-exist?

Late on a Sunday morning, as people came out of a church in Kohati Gate, Peshawar, twin blasts sent more than 50 of those much closer to the God they had been intently praying to – the same...
Jihad is Back in the Textbooks

Jihad is Back in the Textbooks

The KPK government has made a bold move of deciding to re-introduce Quranic verses on Jihad in the textbooks for elementary and secondary levels, undoing the efforts of moderation undertaken by Awami...
Child Rape in Lahore: We Demand Justice

Child Rape in Lahore: We Demand Justice

A blurred image of a young child is printed across the screen. Newspaper reports describe how the child is traumatised often closing and opening her eyes; unable to speak.     Her torturous...
Pardon in Shahzaib murder case is Not a Defeat

Pardon in Shahzaib murder case is Not a Defeat

Recent developments in Shahzaib murder case are indeed shocking and at the same time baffling. Our friends over social media and also on other electronic media are thoroughly aggrieved by the...
Aik Zardari ….

Aik Zardari ….

The slogan Aik Zardari Sab Pay Bhari (One Zardari enough to face them all) resounds in everyone’s mind today, specially after the day of September 8, 2013 lodged itself into the annals of...
Pursuit of Happiness: Are Kids the Answer?

Pursuit of Happiness: Are Kids the Answer?

We have all heard: “Children are a blessing.” Let’s see if it is just a clichéd expression or the words pass the litmus test. The idea that ‘sans kids, happiness would remain...
9 Things Girls hear in Love Marriages only

9 Things Girls hear in Love Marriages only

Wallah, if you’re lucky enough to find true love in just one person after having rummaged half the world across and after scoring a few grey hair in your pony, don’t think it’s the end of the...
Is Alqeada Dead or Thriving?

Is Alqeada Dead or Thriving?

‘Because of the service and sacrifice of our brave men and women in uniform, the war in Iraq is over. The war in Afghanistan is ending. Al Qaeda is on the run. Osama bin Laden is dead’ –...
Is it Hard to give Peace a Chance?

Is it Hard to give Peace a Chance?

Once again, the systematic cycle of war and peace has war clouds gathering at the forefront. How do we know this for sure? Well, media on both sides of the borders is frothing at the mouth on the...