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When Media Got It Wrong – Twice

on 5, Dec 2012 | 7 Comments

"When Media Got It Wrong – Twice"

In the past seven days there were two stories which have compelled me to write this blog. When I saw these two stories I had to accept the fact that the media industry is really in its infancy in Paki...

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Marketing: The Shariah Way

on 3, Dec 2012 | 4 Comments

"Marketing: The Shariah Way"

Marketing professionals, throughout their careers, face ethical dilemmas. It becomes tough when one has to market a product whose consumption is unhealthy and unsafe like cigarettes. Advertising profe...

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I am a Pakistani

on 28, Nov 2012 | 39 Comments

"I am a Pakistani"

Hi, I am a Pakistani. I am a Muslim first (because I have been told this since the day I was born and my teachers also told me that this is the reason I got this country) and then I am a Pakistani. Un...

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Our Einstein and Anti Terrorism Strategies

on 26, Nov 2012 | 9 Comments

"Our Einstein and Anti Terrorism Strategies"

I would like you people to be introduced to the Einstein of Pakistan. He has discovered some astonishing facts and therefore has established some amazing handy theories. He is not only his rival in te...

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Is Kasaab Still Alive?

on 21, Nov 2012 | 47 Comments

"Is Kasaab Still Alive?"

The jail officials hanged him and the medical officers declared him dead but the fact is that Kasaab is not dead. He is alive and with full spirit, he is busy working on his agenda somewhere near us. ...

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Gaza & the Hypocrisy of the Muslim World

on 19, Nov 2012 | 28 Comments


As I jumped from one social media to another, I was shocked at what I found circulating through my news feed. People were busy talking about new Bollywood releases. Some amazing soccer goal by Zlatan ...

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No Service=No Terrorism?

on 17, Nov 2012 | 5 Comments

"No Service=No Terrorism? "

Shutting down the cellular network in Pakistan is now considered a remedy to combat terrorism, thanks to the authorities. The initiative is the only one of its kind and reflects the failure of state o...

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Karachi Violence: A Call for Immediate Action

on 15, Nov 2012 | 13 Comments

"Karachi Violence: A Call for Immediate Action"

Continuous killing and looting in Karachi is enough to understand that PPP Government tends not to solve crisis, only to rearrange them.   In last four years PPP Government does not solve p...

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From 2D to 3D- The Battle for Lahore

on 13, Nov 2012 | 7 Comments

"From 2D to 3D- The Battle for Lahore"

With the next general elections due shortly, we will witness the most lethal and sanguinary of all political battles in Lahore. Lahore- A bastion of PML-N, challenged by PTI, has now become the epicen...

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Who Gets to Rank News?

on 12, Nov 2012 | 13 Comments

"Who Gets to Rank News?"

Anusha, 15, was found to have burns over 60% of her body. The teenager was brutally murdered by her parents for eyeing a boy. The news about this gruesome incident quickly started swarming the domesti...

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The Importance of being a Baloch

on 6, Nov 2012 | 5 Comments

"The Importance of being a Baloch"

Baluchistan was never given importance by the adjacent fertile and powerful kingdoms of India, Persia and Afghanistan in the past. They were happy to give this unproductive and nomadic land the status...

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Let’s Address Baloch Grievances

on 2, Nov 2012 | 8 Comments

"Let's Address Baloch Grievances"

Balochistan issue has been in the highlights for the past couple of months now. Why is Balochistan being given so much importance? Why is it so important for us to find a solution to this problem now?...

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Religious Extremism is Not Allowed

on 30, Oct 2012 | 38 Comments

"Religious Extremism is Not Allowed"

The sacrilegious film ridiculing our beloved Holy Prophet (PBUH) sent a wave of anger throughout the Muslim world. Protests were held to condemn the highly disparaging film but unfortunately the prote...

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Did You Know You had a ‘Right’ to Know?

on 25, Oct 2012 | 2 Comments

"Did You Know You had a ‘Right’ to Know?"

Being a young journalist in Pakistan, I was surprised pleasantly by the revelation that I legally had a right to know. At first I thought it was just the still-many-things-to-learn-me that didn’t kn...

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Our Love With Conspiracy Theories

on 19, Oct 2012 | 28 Comments

"Our Love With Conspiracy Theories"

Roger Cohen once said, “Conspiracy theory is the ultimate refuge of the powerless. If you cannot change your own life, it must be that some greater force controls the world.” We Pakistanis have b...

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Is Malala a Conspiracy?

on 16, Oct 2012 | 133 Comments

"Is Malala a Conspiracy?"

With the recent buzz made by certain newspapers and social media platforms, the questions that has popped up with a bang is, what is the story behind Gul Makai’s Swat Diary on BBC blogs?   ...

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A Girl who Could Speak Her Mind

on 15, Oct 2012 | 8 Comments

"A Girl who Could Speak Her Mind"

Malala is a strong person. Very few will appreciate her strength in speaking out for her rights. I know because as a woman, albeit from the privileged class, i lacked the freedom to speak my mind. Don...

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Peace March, Political Stunt and Killer Drones

on 11, Oct 2012 | 10 Comments

"Peace March, Political Stunt and Killer Drones"

You don’t have to be a PTI worker to see what Imran Khan’s peace march to Waziristan has achieved. Nor can you be so blind, unable to read and recognise the hypocrisy written all over FazlurRehman...

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Malala didn’t have to Suffer

on 10, Oct 2012 | 52 Comments

"Malala didn't have to Suffer"

Any group can be a barbarian; it requires a terrible effort to remain a civilized. A 14-year-old girl who was awarded Pakistan's first National Peace Prize for her online diary reporting on the Tal...

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Mr. Khan – A Better Politician than a Player

on 8, Oct 2012 | 35 Comments

"Mr. Khan - A Better Politician than a Player"

"Thou art not a writer? Pick up a pen, flay Imran and so shalt thou become a writer".   It is really lamentable that our lettered people lack the stalwart common sense and the insight to d...

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Dual Nationals – Is their Patriotism in Doubt?

on 4, Oct 2012 | 64 Comments

"Dual Nationals – Is their Patriotism in Doubt?"

Lately, it has been discussed a lot in our judiciary and media that Dual Nationals should not be the part of the Elected Assemblies. Every time I hear or read some pathetic comment on this topic I ask...

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Is Youtube the Culprit?

on 2, Oct 2012 | 42 Comments

"Is Youtube the Culprit?"

I do not want to get into the details regarding the demands made by the Muslim community and the replies of the YouTube authorities oto it, but I'd really want to assert how beneficial YouTube has bee...

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