Category Archive: Debate Desk, Featured

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...
The MQM Saga

The MQM Saga

The Lament The recent article in New York Times “Altaf Hussain’s grip on a Pakistani city faces a threat” and BBC documentary broadcast immediately after the elections in Pakistan in May 2013,...
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...
Obama’s Reluctance and Putin’s Plan

Obama’s Reluctance and Putin’s Plan

Russian plan to put Syria’s chemical arms under international supervision has baffled US President Obama who is now saying that initiative has the potential to remove the threat of chemical...
The ‘Begum’ and ‘Saheb’ Culture

The ‘Begum’ and ‘Saheb’ Culture

Come, visualize with me!   Sakeena, a 10 year old who has never been to school, never enjoyed playing with dolls let alone the funky hi-tech gadgets,  is carrying a 1 year old in her lap,...
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...
La Tomatina Lahore

La Tomatina Lahore

The Pakistani rendition of the Spanish tomato throwing festival has the making of a great social gathering for Lahore’s youth. But its participants should bear in mind the fact that the country is...
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...
A New City of Lights next to Karachi

A New City of Lights next to Karachi

Each year when I visit Karachi, I notice changes either it’s about the culture or infrastructure. This year I noticed the same difference in Hyderabad. My week long trip to Hyderabad gave me 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...
Karachi’s Quandary

Karachi’s Quandary

The theatre was staged as follows. Five Supreme Court judges sat in a line. From left to right, their respective visages could not look more distinct. One sat with a thick set of salt-and-pepper...
United Mobile: The Smartest Ones

United Mobile: The Smartest Ones

United Mobile, the leading and most reliable mobile phone company in Pakistan is pleased to announce its own brand ‘VOICE’.     Interestingly, United Mobile has worked with all leading...
Egypt Protests Exposing our Double Standards

Egypt Protests Exposing our Double Standards

In recent weeks, the Pakistani media has published various commentaries written on Egyptian crisis in support of Muslim Brotherhood(MB), highlighting the atrocities going on in Egypt committed by the...
Madras Café: An Unusual Thriller

Madras Café: An Unusual Thriller

If Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone starrer ‘Chennai Express’ (released on Aug 8, 2013) has utterly disappointed you than the unconventional ‘Madras Café’ (released on Aug 23, 2013) will...
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...
Out of the Frying pan ….

Out of the Frying pan ….

To talk about the ‘doomsday’, ‘hell’ and ‘paradise’ present themselves as great myths yet it was fascinating to go through the experience of the protagonist of...
Schools or Prisons?

Schools or Prisons?

First day at work. Headmistress assigns me duty at the staircase during the recess at a school I teach English at. Bell rings, the recess time is over and kids should return to classes.   I...
Don’t Blame Mothers for Not Giving Sons

Don’t Blame Mothers for Not Giving Sons

Sadly, the birth of a girl is unwelcomed and far from being celebrated in our country. Ironic as it might seem to anyone with basic sensibilities, it’s only the same gender through which life holds...
Don’t Blame MQM for Rigging by-elections 2013

Don’t Blame MQM for Rigging by-elections 2013

From Karachi to Peshawar, we witnessed by elections being held for the year 2013 just a few days back. And not that I wouldn’t have loved to take the hassle otherwise, I decided to visit the...
Who will suffer consequences of Military Option?

Who will suffer consequences of Military Option?

After serious allegations of using large-scale chemicals weapons on civilians in Syria by Syrian forces, the US and its allies are thinking over using military option in Syria to uproot Bashar...
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’ –...