Category Archive: Debate Desk, Featured

The Importance of being a Baloch

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...
Let’s Address Baloch Grievances

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...
Religious Extremism is Not Allowed

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

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...
Our Love With Conspiracy Theories

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...
Is Malala a Conspiracy?

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?   The...
A Girl who Could Speak Her Mind

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....
Peace March, Political Stunt and Killer Drones

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...
Malala didn’t have to Suffer

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...
Mr. Khan – A Better Politician than a Player

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...
Dual Nationals – Is their Patriotism in Doubt?

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...
Is Youtube the Culprit?

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...
No Law Against Freedom of Speech?

No Law Against Freedom of Speech?

The contemporary human discourse not only considers freedom as a globally accepted and universal value but also ensures to enforce and preserve it. The subjects that are both inseparable and...
In the Wake of Violence

In the Wake of Violence

 As violence unleashed in the streets of all the major cities of Pakistan on Yaum-e-Ishq-e-Rasool (Day of Love for the Prophet) everyday life was brought to a standstill with economic activities...
Bloody Friday

Bloody Friday

Do you not have the love for  prophet (PBUH) in your heart? Isn’t it another lash on our identity as  Muslims? How long do we tolerate it? Block youtube, call for a strike, ban KFC or better burn...
Who Should We Blame?

Who Should We Blame?

While in the wake of the controversial US video clandestinely uploaded, numerous protests and a backwash of anti-Youtube and US rhetoric can be well witnessed around us; there might surely be facts...
Is that Freedom of Speech?

Is that Freedom of Speech?

I have been trying to write a blog for quite some time now. I first felt like writing when Pakistan was under the scrutiny of International media, and Abbotabad was on every news Channel, be it Urdu,...
As Hell Breaks Loose

As Hell Breaks Loose

More than 250 people were consumed by fire as flames turned a garment factory in Baldia Town Karachi town into an abattoir. Death toll from factory fire shocks the nation as the tragedy was beyond...
Why Wouldn’t I get Married?

Why Wouldn’t I get Married?

This article is partly, in response to the flurry of women rights and women freedom articles adorning today’s blogs, magazines and papers and partly as a bid to break the silence on gender biased...
Judicial Activism Boomerangs

Judicial Activism Boomerangs

Restoration of CJ was a landmark in the checkered history of Pakistan. The event was a symbol of change delivered singularly by the power of common man in the street against a harsh and oppressive...
Isn’t Being Bad Good?

Isn’t Being Bad Good?

The mind is its own place, and in itself Can make a heav’n of hell, a hell of heav’n.   Why one has to struggle to come up to the ideals of goodness every single day? If being good...
Why is My Hijab, Your Problem?

Why is My Hijab, Your Problem?

I am a woman, not a sexualized commodity; I am a human being just like you are.   I am a Hijabi and Hijab is my identity and my ideology.   I wasn’t a Hijabi by birth, nor did it come...