Category Archive: Debate Desk, Featured

Is Our Culture Under Attack?

Is Our Culture Under Attack?

The fear of the unseen, or seen only on international media, is building up the perception that our culture is under attack by foreign forces. The consolidation of this perception and its contagious...
Politics of Blood: Is MQM the Target?

Politics of Blood: Is MQM the Target?

How did Karachi lose more than 50 people in Abbas Town with hundreds of apartments and shops reduced to rubble? One bomb-packed car rampaging around the neighborhood rummaged it all? Government...
National Interest or Personal Interest?

National Interest or Personal Interest?

The revision of petroleum prices on the instructions of Prime Minister of Pakistan came as a welcome message for those who enjoy power corridors and need something to laminate the bad governance and...
Questioning Democracy

Questioning Democracy

Five years of glorified Democratic rule are coming to an end; an era that is marked with destruction, chaos, anarchy and above all, corruption. Reports of ‘democratic fraud’ have been coming up...
Should GRE be Mandatory for Admissions?

Should GRE be Mandatory for Admissions?

I have due reverence for Dr. Atta Rehman. I understand he wanted to contribute something to the higher education in Pakistan. However, it is often felt that the policies that his created “think...
A Perverted Sense of Security

A Perverted Sense of Security

Whenever there’s a possibility of real or potential violence on our streets, the first order of business for the state and the establishment is to shut down our urban centers, put blockades on the...
Where are Fair Elections Needed?

Where are Fair Elections Needed?

The ongoing voter verification process in Karachi was supposed to end by Feb.11th 2013, but by the given date 0.7 million voters in all the districts have not been verified yet. The process started...
Should We have Negotiations with Taliban?

Should We have Negotiations with Taliban?

Sounds strange! Isn’t it? Political leaders joining hands to negotiate peace and prosperity of the country with TTP. Willing to bend down to whatever extent possible with an organization accused of...
Double Standards for Dual National

Double Standards for Dual National

Over the past year or so, issue of Dual Nationality has been in media’s limelight quite rather often. On a more recent note, the hearing for Dr. Tahir-Ul-Qadri’s petition in regards to the...
Should Corruption be Legalized?

Should Corruption be Legalized?

Not surprisingly, every noble profession in Pakistan is reduced to two syllables of unadulterated shame: Rishvat.   Police officers have greased hands, lawyers are corrupt, and bureaucrats are...
Why I Left PTI is Now Justified!

Why I Left PTI is Now Justified!

Almost two years back, I took a conscious decision of leaving PTI. (Though I was not an official member) but was a supporter only. Rather a diehard supporter of PTI. And like many others, I too...
Are We All Terrorists?

Are We All Terrorists?

Recently I had a chance to spend about a month in USA. When I landed there, the first question I had in my mind was if I will be looked at as a terrorist? Will I be stripped searched? Is my baggage...
The Z-Hood

The Z-Hood

The story begins with working the way to hoisting the green-white flag. It was when the flag-bearer Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s speech to the Constituent Assembly on 11 August 1947 targeted the would-be...
What’s with Nouveau riche & PPP?

What’s with Nouveau riche & PPP?

Apart from all the other form of applause that we give to PPP for their performance and its effects on ordinary Pakistani, in my opinion there is one more incredible addition to it. Government of...
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...
One Slogan, Many Faces

One Slogan, Many Faces

Let’s cut it short, a few days back I was traveling to Manchester from London on a train, sitting along with window browsing on my phone and enjoying the heavenly winter chill.   To my...
Why are they Turning Citizens into Rebels?

Why are they Turning Citizens into Rebels?

“Recent weeks in politics and comedy have been completely dominated by the Qadri episode. News channels were reporting the “revolution” with minute-by-minute updates as anchorpersons gave...
The Show is Over

The Show is Over

Qadri’s show came to an end when an agreement was signed with the government. It seems that the commotion was futile and the administration is victorious at the end of the day.   Whatever...
And the Long March Ends

And the Long March Ends

It turned out to be painful wait, thrilling of course, yet  painful.   Freezing Islamabad,  awashed by winter rains and millions of people- men , women, and little  children. Even those new-borns...
Much Could and Probably Will go Wrong

Much Could and Probably Will go Wrong

As the political climate in Pakistan has become hot in January, there are many conspiracy theories are on the board. Everyone wants to know the true picture of the situations, weather it’s a long...
PM To be Arrested, What Next?

PM To be Arrested, What Next?

While the first coming of Tahir-ul-Qadri had only cracked a few crackers in the mercurial political scenario of Pakistan, the SC issuing order to PM in lieu of rental power case has completely set it...
Militants Aren’t Responsible; Government is!

Militants Aren’t Responsible; Government is!

The first month of the New Year has not ended yet and the count of people died this year is already touching 200. Pakistan, unfortunately, has turned into a country where ‘peace’ is defined as...