Category Archive: Debate Desk, Featured

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...
What is Tabdeeli?

What is Tabdeeli?

  This word ‘Tabdeeli’ (change) has been flaunted quite a lot in the Pakistani press, with politicians and political parties, such as the PAT and PTI talking of ‘Tabdeeli’ in Pakistan...
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...
Is Bar Zaroor Phorain Ge!!!

Is Bar Zaroor Phorain Ge!!!

Come February 15th 2015 two injury plagued teams battle it out at the Adelaide Oval in as usual the most awaited contest of the mega event.   Traditional rival India and Pakistan go head-to-head...
Best use of talent is key in World Cup 2015

Best use of talent is key in World Cup 2015

Why can’t things be kept nice and simple in our national cricket team. Maximizing the available talent is the only way to give other more prepared and well-balanced teams in the World Cup 2015 a...
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...
Mr Priceless: Messi’s Next Big Challenge!

Mr Priceless: Messi’s Next Big Challenge!

What’s next? Millions are still wondering that what’s next for the little Argentine after his World Cup adventure. His 11th season for Barcelona has started; all previous in the Blaugrana jersey...
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...
I stopped my wife from working, but…

I stopped my wife from working, but…

I got married to my colleague in 2007, yes I married a working woman (no millions in guessing I am walking on murky waters).   The two leading newspapers of our time have been running endless...
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...
Lionel Messi: all in or nothing!

Lionel Messi: all in or nothing!

Diego Maradona – I can’t recall when was the first time I heard his name, but I am sure he was the first footballer I knew. Since my childhood, I have always heard my elders discussing Maradona...
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...
Lisbon Awaits!

Lisbon Awaits!

Coming 24th May, Lisbon awaits for an all-Spanish finale. Estadio da Luz, home of Benfica is the venue. For the first time in 59 years of the European competition, the final will be fought between...
Kids with license to kill

Kids with license to kill

Karachi’s posh areas which remain immune to violence that devours scores of innocent lives every now and then do have a grotesque aspect of their relatively calm streets where big egos and...
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...
Pakistan Idol – The Final Note

Pakistan Idol – The Final Note

The wait is over and the people have spoken! The inaugural season of Pakistan’s biggest music competition has come to an end and Zamad Baig has emerged as the first Pakistan Idol.   After...