Stories published in December, 2010

Of lawyers and lawmakers

The secret to the lawyer’s strength The lawyers’ group that garlanded the assassin of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer is headed by a certain black coat, who is closely related to a former general, who once headed the premier spy agency of the country. This general is known to have had contacts with the Taliban. In fact, he played a key role in making them the Frankenstein monster that they are today. The general is also a major domo in the transport business and his family occupies prime real estate in Rawalpindi. As for the lawyer, it is said that even Imran ...

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2010: The year of Bieber, vampires and iPads

The year 2010, according to the Citizen Police Liaiason Committee (CPLC), was the most violent of all years for Pakistan since 1995. With the floods, civil unrest, too many holidays, not being satified with the government, recession and way too much chaos, 2010 was indeed hard on all Pakistanis. I was just picking out on few trends and news that were special or prevalent in the year 2010 on the international front (No not Obama’s Health Bill). Here is the list: The year of trashy dance tracks and squeaky singers! Beyond its 315 million (yes, million) views on YouTube and worldwide multi-platinum status, ...

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Money 101: Your fiscal New Year’s resolutions

Dear readers, by now I feel like a strict school headmistress telling you what to do and not do vis a vis your hard earned cash. So my New Year’s resolution is all about making saving fun for you! But since a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do, before I conjure up fun ways of saving the moolah next week onwards, I present my Top New Year’s Fiscal Resolutions! 1. I will not keep any more than two credit cards The first card would be for my daily petrol filling, coffee buying and grocery shopping needs. And, the second will ...

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Cricket: Most memorable moments of 2010

When you think of a year gone by, one surely thinks of the good, the bad, and the ugly. And, for a Pakistan cricket fan there were plenty of ugly cricket moments during 2010, which many have claimed has been the worst year ever in Pakistan cricket. For now, let’s forget about the bad and the ugly, and let’s just concentrate on the good. The good that we have witnessed on the cricket field. There have been plenty of moments to cherish in the year gone by, and here are my personal Top 10 performances from 2010. 10. Six on debut Pakistan has ...

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The predictable politics of Nawaz Sharif

Pakistani politics is quite unpredictable and a person like me who isn’t the smartest guy around can’t truly understand it. Yet, I am forced to think about it and according to Nikolai Lenin, one of the chief symptoms of every revolution is the sharp and sudden increase in the number of ordinary people who take an active, independent and forceful interest in politics. The same happened when PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif went to Muzaffarabad to announce the establishment of his party in Azad Kashmir. During his speech, Nawaz Sharif strongly criticised the MQM and accused the party of supporting dictators ...

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With great power comes great responsibility

The reason why sometimes newspapers triumph over news channels is because of factual correctness and attention to detail. In a bid to be the first one to ‘break’ news — the primary motto after truth, of course — TV channels often get it wrong. And since the channels are the first ones to provide information, public knowledge — based on the wrong facts — is misled. The failure of reporters to confirm facts is not their fault. They have the magical ‘power’ of getting someone else on air to quote factually incorrect stuff for them. And God forbid, if it’s ...

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A dirty war: PML-N and MQM take the gloves off!

The term dirty politics has taken a literal turn and the tension that had been building up for a few days has obviously reached fever pitch. The PML-N and MQM had a show down in front of the parliament house that saw the parliamentary leaders dragging in each others daughters, wives and sisters in to the brawl.  Accusations of alcoholism were thrown about and in a heated moment we even heard one leader screaming about sex toys found in one PML-N’s top leaders room! Whoever said politics was boring? In Pakistani politics at least you have all the elements of a great film. There is ...

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Five must-haves for the urban professional

I recently came across a list of ‘essential gifts for a surgeon’ and decided to make a list of my own. However, I expanded it to cater to all professions and not just doctors. 1. Sony Vaio 14/15 inch and a laptop bag An absolutely gorgeous laptop which combines aesthetic beauty with functionality. Now, you may go for a cheaper brand but there is no replacement for the beauty of this gadget. Also, the keyboard and the touchpad on this machine are simply brilliant to use. The 14 inch, or the 15 inch for that matter, is not very heavy and gives ...

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Maulana tantrums Part II: PM Gilani’s removal

Our favorite maulana has lost all his patience now. He is demanding that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani be removed. Seriously? This is the same person whose nomination the maulana supported, the same person he praised multiple times, and the same person whom he congratulated on defusing the judicial crisis. And after all that, just because the prime minister used his authority, Maulana Fazlur Rehman wants him to be fired from the job? This brings to light a number of interesting things about how our politics functions. Firstly, people like the maulana hold a huge sway in our political system because they ...

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Suicide – an easy practice in Pakistan?

Being privileged enough to have access to a number of wire services, I stumbled upon a rather disturbing figure: There were at least 10 suicides this week across Pakistan according to these sources alone. The reasons for suicide were varied. A 22-year-old swallowed poisonous pills due to a domestic dispute, a young man took his life after killing two women and injuring four others over a matrimonial dispute, a security guard shooting himself within the limits of Bahadurabad police station because he wanted to marry someone, and a youth committing suicide after being reprimanded by his parents in Sahiwal. The reason ...

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