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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...
‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ and its philosophical undertones

‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ and its philosophical undertones

There are many ways in which Bajrangi Bhaijaan – a recent Bollywood hit featuring Salman Khan in the lead – can be described as a perfect depiction of reality in the milieu of intricate...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Hamid Mir – victim of media infighting

Hamid Mir – victim of media infighting

Pervez Mushharraf is leaving his Islamabad residence amid tight security. His plane has taxied from runway from where he will fly to Karachi. Awesome news for the nation, isn’t it?   You have...
Understanding the 3G and 4G Spectrum

Understanding the 3G and 4G Spectrum

With the recent hype about the 3G auction in Pakistan, the use of technical jargon could well leave the average consumer lost about what it all means except for better speeds.   Let’s start...
No ceasefire: No good news for innocents

No ceasefire: No good news for innocents

An hour into the news: “Taliban refuse to extend ceasefire” as Bollywood duet “Ashiqui Main Har Ashiq Ho Jata hai Majboor” plays into my eardrums through a headphone borrowed from a...
Drones:Making War in the Name of Peace

Drones:Making War in the Name of Peace

Let us be clear: there can be no justifiable condemnation of a strike that takes out a terrorist who does not appear to be very flexible in his demands and is responsible for inflicting violence,...
From Glasgow to Pakistan

From Glasgow to Pakistan

I left Pakistan in early 1953, to come to Britain and settled in Glasgow, Scotland. As a university student and as a member of the All India Muslim Students Federation, from 1944 to 1947, I played an...
Taliban: FAQs

Taliban: FAQs

Q. Who are Taliban?   The story started with the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. Fearing Russian expansionism, CIA married ISIand gave birth to the Jihadis euphemistically called Taliban....
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...
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...
A Self-enforced War

A Self-enforced War

Is it Hard to give Peace a Chance?

Is it Hard to give Peace a Chance?

Once again, the systematic cycle of war and peace has war clouds gathering at the forefront. How do we know this for sure? Well, media on both sides of the borders is frothing at the mouth on the...
My name is Allah Ditta and I’m a Human

My name is Allah Ditta and I’m a Human

My name is Allah Ditta and you may probably have judged me by my name already; I belong to the lowest strata of human beings in Pakistan. I know you must be quick at making opinions about me and...
Policing Terrorism in Pakistan

Policing Terrorism in Pakistan

SHO Mohib Ullah served in one of the most volatile cities infamous for the presence of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. But Mohib Ullah was little known outside his station of duty....
The Pakistan I Want

The Pakistan I Want

I have to confess. My admission at FC College was an accident. I did not want to go to FC but I had no idea where to go. The only reason I chose FC was the swimming pool.   I still remember...
The Tale of Rebellious Institutions

The Tale of Rebellious Institutions

After witnessing the revolutionary tide that swept away Hosni Mubarak from his office in 2011, Egyptians were not the only ones rejoicing in exultation at the ousting of the military dictator;...
Information Technology Ministry- a Chaos so far

Information Technology Ministry- a Chaos so far

It has been around a year now I moved back from the Uk and I found everything stand still in Pakistan where I left it off in 2009. The same Corruption from the cleaner of my street to the police men...