Stories published in July, 2015

Five ways Dr Palmer can even the score after murdering Cecil the lion

Author’s note: We do not condone any violence. This blog was for entertainment purposes only. In reality, we hope the United States extradites Dr Palmer to Zimbabwe where he can be tried on bribery charges. As news reports of the cruel and savage murder of Cecil spread across the internet like wildfire, my feelings of sadness were slowly replaced by disbelief. I couldn’t fathom how this noble (and apparently friendly) lion could be so remorselessly slain in a torturous ‘hunt’ which lasted several days. I say ‘hunt’ because Cecil was said to be so comfortable with human beings, that hunting him ...

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Anwar Ali and Shoaib Malik, the unsung heroes of Pakistan’s ODI revival

Not long ago, Pakistan, a sport loving nation who looked towards cricket as a uniting force, was down and dejected when they were thrashed by none other than Bangladesh, the team for whom we always took pride in playing an instrumental part in allowing them to become a Test-playing nation. Photo: AFP It was heartbreaking really. I never thought such a day would come, but it did. During that time, many thought that a touring Zimbabwe would also be a difficult side to beat, and that the chances of Pakistan playing in the Champion’s Trophy would definitely ...

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The question remains, why was Yakub Memon hanged?

The Supreme Court is an institution of the state. An independent Supreme Court does not mean that judges would not be cognisant of the political implications of their decisions. As the products of the society they live in, it would be unrealistic to expect the judges to make decisions devoid of any political, religious, or social influences. The Judicial Commission in Pakistan must have factored in the political ramifications of their decision, and the Supreme Court of India must have factored in the political ramifications of their decision while deciding Yakub Memon was to be hanged. Memon was pronounced guilty on September 12h, 2006 for ...

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When Indians are denied entry into a nightclub for being ‘Indians’ in India

The first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, wrote in his book ‘The Discovery of India’ in 1946: “In India, every European, be he German, or Pole or Rumanian, is automatically a member of the ruling race. Railway carriages, station retiring rooms, benches in parks, etc. are marked ‘For Europeans Only’. This is bad enough in South Africa or elsewhere, but to have to put up with it in one’s own country is a humiliating and exasperating reminder of one’s enslaved condition.” Indians deserve to be treated with respect in their own country and one would think that things would change after we ...

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To Fakhra Yunus and Noman – With love, from Tehmina Durrani

Strange are the ways of God, Strange is the help He provides, I love you to the moon and beyond, There aren’t many places to hide!   The sky above heads be a witness, When helpless were helped by a helpless, The amount of effort that it took me, How shall I put in words? I feel restless!   The shadow over Napier road, Karachi, Of a once-scarred moon needing justice, Will bring back the grace and enlighten, This painful dichotomy of success!   This too shall pass and so quickly I recall, I took you to Italy, Five years young and your mother, Recovering from hell and so swiftly.   In 12 years with 39 surgeries, A breadwinner with burnt-flesh hungry, By lack of equality in our system, Then gave ...

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What a newly dated early Quran tells us about Islam

For the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, the idea that the Holy Quran is a seventh-century text disseminated by Islam’s founder, the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), is neither new nor particularly controversial. But in academia, the history of this holy text is much more opaque. For researchers in Islamic studies, historical evidence dating the Holy Quran back to Islam’s foundational era has proved elusive. This has led to hotly contested academic debates about the early or late canonisation of the Holy Quran, with a small handful of scholars claiming that the book is a product of a much later (mid-eighth century and after) age of compilation ...

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Is Minions subtly promoting misogyny?

Disclaimer: This is not a movie review, as I’m not a movie critic. It started with the need to have minions at my beck and call 24/7. Never ending work, without a break, and lack of readily available home help had led to a frustrating situation. Although I was desirous of minions, in reality it was highly unlikely to happen. So I relegated myself to the virtual world of minions. I’m not a huge fan of Disney-Pixar’s animated movies. This time, however, my kids ensured that I would accompany them to watch the latest ‘cartoon’. Not having watched ‘Despicable Me’ prior ...

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Is Dr Ghazanfar being sacked because of his refusal to conform to nepotism?

Internationally, and definitely not nationally, the following news has created utter shock and disdain amongst people. In between baking under the scorching July sun and the long Eid holidays enjoyed by families, the head of our home has been told to leave. I hope that by now you understand that I refer to Aitchison as my home and losing a trusted person from one’s family is unimaginable and the pain is immense. Dr Agha Ghazanfar, an Oxford graduate who spent 12 years at Aitchison as a student himself, and was a principal at the institute, has officially been sacked from his position as the principal of Aitchison ...

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De-seating PTI members: To evict or not to evict, that is the question

On the July 28th, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) tabled resolutions in the National Assembly to de-seat lawmakers from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on account of their absence from the house for 40 consecutive days of its sittings. The resolutions were tabled under Rule 44 of the National Assembly Rules of Procedure, to de-seat PTI members under Article 64 (2) of the Constitution of Pakistan. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Jamaat- e- Islami (JI) stood by PTI and against the motions to de-seat them. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), apparently against the motion, suggested that it may be adjourned and time may be allowed to resolve the issue amicably, outside of the house. The ...

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Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis: On the go and ready for more

With the World number one crown already in their possession, Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis entered the all England Lawn Tennis Club for the Wimbledon 2015 title. Mirza had won the Junior Doubles Wimbledon title back in 2003 and now she was all set for another Wimbledon campaign. Hingis had first won this title back in 1996, and 20 years later, she was looking to repeat history. Photo: Reuters This was just their second Grand Slam as a team but in such a short span of time, the Indo-Swiss pair managed to do well enough to be a major contender for the title. Reaching the ...

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