Category Archive: Featured, Insight

Time to decide: Quaid-e-Azam or Zia’s Pakistan

Time to decide: Quaid-e-Azam or Zia’s Pakistan

We recently marked the 68th Independence Day very fervently and zealously, because of a surprisingly placid and secure environment in the country compared to previous years. Most of the people give...
Countering the ISIS Terror From an Islamic Theological Perspective

Countering the ISIS Terror From an Islamic Theological Perspective

Last weekend, 50 young British Muslims converged to the leafy surroundings of Kidderminster to be trained for counter-extremism work. Their purpose was to learn how to weed out emergent religious...
Senseless rise of religious fundamentalism

Senseless rise of religious fundamentalism

In recent past, more people have been killed in the name of religion than for any other thing in the world. Religion has become a symbol of death, terror and agony. Subsequently, a recent Pew...
The Art of Giving Birth to a Political Project

The Art of Giving Birth to a Political Project

The establishment of a political project is a serious exertion and requires political actors to be serious in bringing their political project into being. This requires, thinking, diligence,...
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...
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...
Pakistan Needs to Tell the Story Right

Pakistan Needs to Tell the Story Right

It is a battle for ideas, narratives and tales.     Get your story straight. Get your story right. Even if halfway through you realize that you have chosen the wrong side or perhaps the...
Why do Azadari in Muharram?

Why do Azadari in Muharram?

Contrary to the popular belief by some who assert that holding Majlis is a rather contemporary tradition, the first Majlis-e-Hussain (AS) was organized by his sister Syeda Zainab (AS) whose veil was...
Drone Strikes: Isn’t this Terrorism?

Drone Strikes: Isn’t this Terrorism?

At last, Pakistan has raised the issue of drone strikes within its territory at the United Nations security Council during discussion on the situation in Afghanistan, as there was no clandestine...
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,...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
Political Consequences of Being a Woman

Political Consequences of Being a Woman

  Why is it that 21st century society seems terribly confused on distinction of genders. Some activist claim that there is virtually no disparity between the X and the Y factor and both can well...
The Sorry Fate of Mohenjo-Daro

The Sorry Fate of Mohenjo-Daro

The trip to Mohenjo-Daro is assuredly arduous, but it is nonetheless worthwhile. Rising tall above the mist enveloped and fertile plains of rural Sindh, Mohenjo-Daro is a breathtaking spectacle, a...
The Light Spin to Khan Following

The Light Spin to Khan Following

Melodramatic and over- the-top are two best expressions for  the Pakistani politics scene; at least this is what shows so far. Each of us choses to be on the extreme end of opinion, with initial...
Pakistan Deserves more than just National songs

Pakistan Deserves more than just National songs

Writing lengthy patriotic statuses showcasing your love for the country on Independence Day, might earn you a hundred ‘likes’ or comments but in no way mean that you are lavishing on Pakistan...
Colors of Eid Festivities

Colors of Eid Festivities

Today marks the end of the holy and blessed month of Ramadan. Twenty nine days of fasting come to such a beautiful end. A new beginning with the new moon which calls for celebrations and conviviality...
PML-N’s policy shift on Karachi

PML-N’s policy shift on Karachi

Initially, Sartaj Aziz and Iqbal Zafar Jhagra were the only front-runners for presidential office, but when the ruling party PML-N finalized the name of Mamnoon Hussain, it surprised us all.  It was...