Category Archive: Featured, Insight

We are All Shahzeb Khan

We are All Shahzeb Khan

Just like Madame Defarge of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ silently kept knitting the registry of all those condemned to death and punishment, when the simple and humble peasants...
You’ll Be Missed Next Year

You’ll Be Missed Next Year

At the end of every year we pay a humble tribute to all those who no longer breathe among us, we remember all those who will be missed in coming days and we won’t be able to hear their voice, see...
Tribute to Benazir Bhutto

Tribute to Benazir Bhutto

One might disagree with her political ideology, but she was a visionary and seasoned politician. Following the legacy of her charismatic father, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, she audaciously faced...
In Swat

In Swat

I was there this August. The city reflects about what it would have been like when the Taliban had taken over. People of Swat were threatened, Islam was different, life was not normal, and nothing...
Let’s Appreciate KESC

Let’s Appreciate KESC

Apart from all the criticism KESC (Karachi Electric Supply Company) usually face because of the never ending load shedding issues, this government organization is trying their best to play a positive...
Yes, I am a Policeman

Yes, I am a Policeman

  I am the one who stands without a bullet proof vest outside the mosque missing his prayer so that you can offer prayer with ease and without any danger. I am the one who stands outside the...
On Traffic and Taxes

On Traffic and Taxes

What distinguishes a civilized society from others? Due to the subjective nature of the question there can be no universally accepted definition and the possible answers can result into a lengthy...
Malalization

Malalization

On 9th October 2012 a 14 year old school girl named Malala Yousafzai was shot in head and neck when she was on her way to school in Mingora (Swat). Two other girls named Kainat & Shazia got...
Mr.Khan- A Charming Personality but Beleaguered Politician

Mr.Khan- A Charming Personality but Beleaguered Politician

Standing in the center of Manto Park, looking at all the excitement around me among the kids, the youth, elders, the females and males alike and the sea of red-green flags in full mast, observing the...
Are we lost in Transition?

Are we lost in Transition?

“You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this State of Pakistan. You may belong to any religion or caste or...
Should I Stop Using CNG?

Should I Stop Using CNG?

This is the fundamental question posed by millions of Pakistanis who are directly and indirectly affected by the ‘price change’ and ‘availability’ of the transportation fuel. Who are these...
City of Lights Crumbling

City of Lights Crumbling

Metropolitan cities are known for the conglomeration of different people with jingoistic cultures, evolving in a lapse of time to a new kind of social formation. The evolution of cultural fraternity...
Qatar Climate Conference: A Change for Pakistan?

Qatar Climate Conference: A Change for Pakistan?

The UN member countries, including Pakistan, are starting negotiations on Climate Change under the UNFCCC from November 26, 2012 which will continue for the next two weeks in Doha, Qatar. This...
Gaza vs Pakistan

Gaza vs Pakistan

In recent times I have observed a new kind of mindless debate and accusation growing in the social media where many have accused the media of not giving enough space or preferential treatment to Gaza...
A Journey from Zero to Zenith

A Journey from Zero to Zenith

  He was told that politics was not his cup of tea. He turned it down. He expressed his stolid trust in the Pakistani nation. With a vision of liberating the Pakistani nation from a corrupt...
I Curse School Bags!

I Curse School Bags!

My daughter while hanging her heavy school bag on her shoulders before leaving for school in the morning looked at me as if she is saying, can’t you do something for it? As she left I thought...
The Case for Micro-Financing

The Case for Micro-Financing

A report released last month by the World Bank unearthed evidence that less than 25% of Pakistani women use micro-finance loans. The report takes a closer look at two challenges facing...
A Confused Pakistani

A Confused Pakistani

This Eid when I got free from prayers, I performed the same ritual which I have done so for so many years since I have left abroad. Take a drive. Since living close to the beach knowing that everyone...
Why is it Risky to Invest in Pakistan?

Why is it Risky to Invest in Pakistan?

1.      Is that a crime that, someone in Pakistan generates Rs. 2 Billion annual revenue, pays taxes worth  Rs. 20 Million per year and if his factory faces an accident, does that mean he...
Story of the Border: Lahore Memoirs

Story of the Border: Lahore Memoirs

Which country’s passport do you have?” the officer asked. “India” I replied. “You are our guest, our neighbor” told the officer with smiling face.   When we reached at Atari...
Malala- A Symbol Of Liberty And Courage

Malala- A Symbol Of Liberty And Courage

Attack on the teenage girl student by the fiercest group of the Taliban in Mingora, Swat is the beginning of the clash between the dying medieval rotten social order and the present emerging...
The Girl in the Elevator

The Girl in the Elevator

I didn’t actually talk to her during my five years of med school. Only saw her occasionally, and noticed her even more infrequently; but those who did, lost her this morning of 9th October 2012....