Category Archive: Featured, Insight

Telling Lies? Yes Mama

Telling Lies? Yes Mama

When you hear the look-alikes of our leaders in potentially irreverent television comedies, you know that it is a joke. When the leaders themselves make a statement or answer a question in a press...
Dial 15 – Lyari is Burning!

Dial 15 – Lyari is Burning!

There seems to be no relief for the Lyariites, as the oldest area of the metropolis Karachi throbs, oozing blood. The population of Lyari is engaged in a mental, emotional and physical conflict, but...
Unforgivable Siachen

Unforgivable Siachen

Waiting for a loved one is an awful feeling. But if you have to wait for them, knowing that they are in a very dangerous place, is a feeling that cannot be explained in words. You live and die every...
Dr Khalil Chishty – Bail at Last, Freedom Still Awaited

Dr Khalil Chishty – Bail at Last, Freedom Still Awaited

After Dr Chishty’s conviction, his daughter Amna Chishty contacted Aman ki Asha in April 2011 for help, requesting that he be brought home alive. Shortly after, Aman ki Asha  – a joint peace...
The True Pakistan

The True Pakistan

After a week of asking around, reading reviews and getting tempted by them, we finally got the opportunity to watch Anwar Maqsood’s Pawnay 14 August… both onstage and off-stage. For the...
The Drama Known as Bank

The Drama Known as Bank

Every person has a place that he secretly loves to hate at all times. Some don’t like to go shopping, some don’t want to visit theatre and many hate going out at all, for no obvious...
Of Freedom, Boycott and other Exciting Things

Of Freedom, Boycott and other Exciting Things

  This blog might get me into trouble. Largely because it’s about two people the readers in this country feel too strongly about. In fact, there is a love hate relationship when it comes to...
What Happens Next?

What Happens Next?

Sending in the interior minister to do the job hasn’t worked in the past, and it isn’t going to work in the future.
Time to Save Face?

Time to Save Face?

Ironic. While Pakistan stands proud securing its first Oscars on Chinoy’s ‘Saving Face’, acid victim and soul-scarred Fakhra Younus loses her hopes of ever being redeemed of the brute...
Wedding Anniversary or ‘Black Day’ ?

Wedding Anniversary or ‘Black Day’ ?

The place would have been completely blacked out..it seemed as if a siren of war had just been blared...
Looking for Shaitan among Trees

Looking for Shaitan among Trees

the tree being the abode of evil spirits according to folklore and also its magical powers ..
Stop Snatching my Cell Phone

Stop Snatching my Cell Phone

I too could have resisted , but feared what would become of me if they actually did press their triggers?..
Interrupted by Poetry

Interrupted by Poetry

It was American politician Mario Cuomo who said that “you campaign in poetry, but you must govern in prose”.   This statement, apparently, is made in a metaphorical sense; the idea being...
We’ve Got to Own Our Oscar

We’ve Got to Own Our Oscar

Thousands continue to praise Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy since the news about Pakistan’s first-ever Oscar, a high point for the country this year, fast spread across television, news and social media....
Must We Blog?

Must We Blog?

People at large took our work as too restrictive and switched to blogging long time back.
Can Films Help Stop Violence Against Women?

Can Films Help Stop Violence Against Women?

I hope the Prime Minister while conferring award on Sharmeen, announces effective administrative measures to provide some relief and redress to the victims ..
State-Crony Capitalism

State-Crony Capitalism

Recently Iran agreed to export 80,000 barrels crude per day to Pakistan. Pakistan requested a loan of $500 Million from Iran for the pipeline to be built.  Iran refused for $500 million but agreed...
Mohammad Hanif and ‘Haya Day’

Mohammad Hanif and ‘Haya Day’

A couple of weeks back, I was invited to two events in close succession. One was the Karachi Literature Festival in Karachi, and the other was something called Haya Day on facebook.   The...
A Martyr’s Mockery

A Martyr’s Mockery

I give only one message. It is the message of the morrow, the message of history. Believe only in the people, work only for their emancipation and equality. The paradise of God lies under the feet of...
Where Dreams Meet Reality

Where Dreams Meet Reality

Given the commendable role the electronic media as well as the emerging social media are playing to bring about mass awareness in the country, a more well-informed and better educated nation,...
‘Early Recovery framework’ for Pakistan’s Flood Victims

‘Early Recovery framework’ for Pakistan’s Flood Victims

While the relief phase, stretched over six months, launched in areas ruined by 2011 floods has concluded, the Pakistani government in support with the United Nations has launched the $440 million...
A Drone a Day Keeps Life Away

A Drone a Day Keeps Life Away

And the massacre continues as the US drone strikes fail to stop. However, USA is not the culprit; the real culprits are those in power whose silence is regularly executing deaths in Pakistan. Those...